Pumpkin Fun for the Whole Family in Columbus OH

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Looking for the perfect Columbus Pumpkin patch for your fall family fun? Search no more, we have a whole list of great farms that have exactly what your family is looking for! Big beautiful orange, white, and variegated pumpkins are coming into season and it’s time to visit the farm. Whether you group them on a porch, cook them into delectable desserts, or carve ’em up for the best ever jack-o-lanterns, you’ll loving going on the hunt at these terrific Central Ohio pumpkin patches! Some farms offer a shop or already-picked patch, and some offer much more for an entire afternoon of corn mazes, hay rides, and other autumn fun. We’ve got a list of all the best places to go this fall.

As always, this information was correct at publication time, but please check with the venue for up-to-the-moment dates, times, locations, and availability as you plan your family adventure!

Circle S Farms: Pumpkins for sale in shop and u-pick. Fall activities, corn maze, child-sized hay-bale maze, we also have pie pumpkins, tractor-pulled hay rides (handicap accessible available), picnic area, and a petting area for farm animals. No bonfires, and smoking prohibited. 9015 London Groveport Road, Grove City, OH 43123. Phone: 614-878-7980. Open: every day in October from 8:30am to 6:00pm. Hayrides operate from 9:00am until dusk

Note: Hayrides ARE handicapped accessible.
Note: School groups welcome, special education packets available.

Jacquemin Farms: Pumpkins in the shop and u-pick, kids hay maze, kids play area, and giant bounce toys after 3pm weekdays and on weekends.
7437 Hyland-Croy Road, Plain City/Dublin, OH, 43064. Phone: 614-873-5725. Open: Every day in October Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sundays 1pm-6pm.  The cost of admission is $6 per child (per day) and includes unlimited playtime in all of the play area. Admission is only $2 during day while school is in session. Children ages 2 and younger are free when at least one older paying sibling is present.
Note: Schools and groups welcome, but call ahead for reservations. Cost is $6 per child.

Lynd’s Fruit Farm: Apple picking happening now (late August), check website for updates on what’s available. Pumpkin picking times and dates to be announced, check the website for up-to-the-moment info.
Corn maze and fun zone for kids (bounce house weather permitting) is open Fri-Sat 10-10, Sunday 10:30-6. Open September 8 through October 29. Admission ranges from $2-10, depending on what activity is chosen and how long you want to play.

Pigeon Roost Farm: Pumpkins for sale in shop or u-pick, corn maze, child-sized hay-bale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, restrooms. 4413 National Road Southwest, Hebron, OH 43025. Phone: 740 928-4925. Open: Daily 10-7 through Oct 31, closed Mondays. Directions: Located on State Route 40, one mile East of Kirkersville. From Route I-70 take exit 122, one mile north to Route 40, and one mile East to the farm. Pumpkinfest Weekends: These family fun weekends include wagon rides, face painting, food, crafts, farm animals/petting zoo with goats, chickens, rabbits, geese, turkeys…and camels! Includes the ‘Great Pumpkin Fun Center’ with a fort and tons of other farm family fun! Admission to Pumpkin Fun Center is $7 for 2 and up. Maze is included in that price. Tractor-pulled wagon rides $3 for 2 and up. Credit cards accepted.
Note: Schools and groups welcome, call ahead for pricing and reservations.

PUP: The Clean Water Campaign!

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Have you heard of the Columbus PUP campaign? PUP stands for Pick Up Poop, and Columbus is reminding citizens that it’s the law to scoop that dog poop, even on your own lawn!

It not only annoys the neighbors as being smelly and unsightly, but bacteria such as ecoli that enters our freshwater streams and rivers from our lawn runoff can cause pollution that can be difficult and expensive to remove.

If you’d like to register your PUP pledge, the city is offering to send you bandana or free bag dispenser to hang on your pup’s leash to make picking up that dog poop easy and clean.

Be a good neighbor. Help the city of Columbus keep our water supply safe and clean: Scoop that poop!

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Have You Discovered the MyColumbus App?

MyColumbus AppHave you discovered the MyColumbus App for smart phones yet? It’s free from your device’s App store, and is an award-winning tool for connecting to Columbus city initiatives and to many city services.

Columbus Initiatives

Initiatives such as My Neighborhood, Get Active, and Get Green are integrated into the app. My Neighborhood section allows you to see bus schedules, city projects, Health Inspector reports for local restaurants and businesses, and more. Get Active gives you information about parks, rec centers, sports games, and tips on diet and exercise. Get Green shows you info on green local businesses and gives you tips on sustainable living.

City Services

The app allows you to easily connect with the Columbus 311 service center, where you can customize your settings to get notifications about trash, recycling, and yard waste, as well as news and alerts for the whole city. The 311 service center also allows you to make service requests such as large item trash pick ups, pothole repair, etc.

With about half the population now using smart phones or tablets as their mobile device of choice, the MyColumbus App is a great way to get information, request and track city services, and keep up to date with what’s happening in your neighborhood. Have YOU discovered the MyColumbus App for yourself?

Bug Your Bike

Have you heard about the Bug Your Bike program in Columbus? It’s almost as good as a “Find my iPhone” for bicycles! Simply register your bicycle FOR FREE with the City of Columbus, providing basic info about you and your bike, and get a FREE RFID chip to attach to it. By bugging your bike, you vastly increase the chances of your bicycle being returned to you if it’s lost or stolen.

So many stolen bikes are simply taken for a joyride and abandoned. When found, they go to an impound area. This puts a big burden on you to find out where your bike has been taken and then prove it’s yours. Why not register it so when you file a report that your bicycle is lost or stolen, the various impound areas can call YOU to tell you your bike has been found?

Bug Your Bike registration allows you to register your bike by providing your contact information along with distinguishing characteristics of your bicycle. The city then provides you with a free RFID chip to install on your bike so it can be scanned by the City of Columbus, OSU, or COTA. All of these organizations have chip readers which tell them the bike is yours and how to contact you.

 

How can I bug my bike?

Register online and the RFID chip and instructions will be mailed to you.

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Call 614-645-8366 to register by phone. Chip and instructions will be mailed to you.

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Register in person by attending select community events such as The Mayor’s Twilight Ride or Pedal Instead to receive the chip and the instructions in person.

Have more questions?

Call the Department of Public Safety at 614-645-8366 between 8:00am and 3:30pm.

Interested in a home near great bike paths? Contact the The Columbus Team today!

 

 

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Live Theater in Columbus

 

Are you wondering what’s available in the way of live theater in Columbus? There’s a great list of offerings every season! We’ve included links to venues which regularly offer live theater of all kinds. Find a production of an old favorite, explore a new drama, or settle in for an exciting and unpredictable evening of improv or stand-up comedy! This isn’t just the capital city, it’s a city full of culture with many ways to enjoy live theater here in Columbus!

  1. CAPA Productions are presented in multiple live theatrical spaces in Columbus, and tickets to all are available through the CAPA website from Ticketmaster.
  2. CATCO presents live children’s theater, and is a family favorite in Columbus. Their productions are suitable for all ages. Tickets can be purchased through ticketmaster from the CATCO website. .
  3. Columbus Children’s Theater presents family entertainment for audiences from 5 to 105! A family favorite in the Central Ohio area.
  4. Columbus Unscripted is a forum for locally grown improvisational theater and comedy. From short form sketch comedy to unscripted long form productions, throwing in some unscripted stand-up comedy and audience directed improve, there’s something unscripted here for everyone who loves to laugh and be surprised! Tickets can be purchased online for $6.53 or at the door for $5.00.
  5. Shadowbox Live is a performance troupe that has been operating out of Columbus since 1988. The performers also are responsible for the management and day-to-day operations of the company. Their unique shows typically intersect comedy and music. They also provide outreach & educational programs for students considering the arts & music. They have a variety of shows running including the Lunchbox which is a 45 minute sketch comedy with music on Fridays at lunch. Check their web site for all their upcoming shows and prices. Tickets range from $5 up to $30+ depending on the show and time. Expect to pay extra for food, drinks and tip.

Let us know if we’ve missed any regularly performing venues!

Please note: The information on venues, times, ticket prices, and ticket availability was correct at time of publishing. Since unforeseen circumstances can cause changes, please use the links or contact the venues directly to ensure accuracy before making your plans. Enjoy the show!