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December 4, 2023

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Top Things to Do with Kids in Cincinnati This Weekend

Great Outdoor Weekend Events, Farm Festival Openings, Big Bounce America, Comic Expo & Lots More!

Getting into the third week of fall, our top things to do with kids in Cincinnati includes:

Top Things to Do With Kids in Cincinnati This Weekend


Friday, September 22

Great Outdoor Weekend


Read up about all of the fun outdoorsy events going on Fri-Sat and Sunday!



NOW – Oct. 30 (closed Tuesdays)
1835 Sherman Mt. Zion Road, Dry Ridge, KY

A Fun Pass (weekends only) is $22 per person; Pumpkin Ridge is $7 per person, and a la carte activities include a hayride, barrel train ride, corn maze, turbo slide & chunkin’ pumpkin (pumpkin launcher).

Fri., Sept. 22 – Sun., Oct. 29; Thursdays – Sundays

5110 Lesourdsville West Chester Road
Liberty Township, OH;

Opening today at 4 p.m. (the Weinermobile will be here!) take in the season with a four-acre corn maze, hayrides, a jumping pillow, climbing web and more. Want to celebrate further? Why not rent one of their private rings and make some roasty, toasty marshmallows? Learn more and book on their website.




Climb, slide and BOUNCE the day away at this touring event. There are four zones to explore including more than 900 feet of obstacles in “The Giant,” fun-themed bouncing at “Air Space,” lots of gaming at “Sport Slam” and plenty of bouncing at “The World’s Biggest Bounce House”.  Olympian Club, 10054 Pippin Road, Cincinnati; daily through Sept. 24, opens at 9 a.m.; $32 adults, $35 juniors, $35 big kids, $45 adults only (See website for additional information on pricing).




FREE Ault Park Summer Music Festival

Families can enjoy a fun evening at the park. Kids activities take place from 6 – 8 p.m. and live music is by the Michelle Robinson Band. Ault Park, 5090 Observatory Circie, Cincinnati; 6 – 10 p.m.; proceeds from food and drink benefit Ault Park.




Get decked out in cosplay and browse unique pop culture items, meet comic creators and snag celebrity autographs, too! For a full lineup of comic creators who will be there: Comic Creators – Cincinnati Comic Expo For a full lineup of celebrities who will be on hand: Celebrities – Cincinnati Comic Expo.  Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati; 3 – 8 p.m.; $30 Friday or Sunday admission, $35 Saturday admission, free for children 10 and younger with an adult ticket holder; $109 weekend VIP available. 



Saturday, September 23


Burwinkel Farms Fall Festival

Spend an afternoon with the family at Burwinkel Farms celebrating Fall! Enjoy hayrides through the blooming sunflower fields to the pumpkin patch, corn mazes, a Halloween scavenger hunt, tons of photo opportunities, shopping for fall décor and more. The Festival is daily through October 31, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; (Burwinkel Farms is open daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.). 

Check Burwinkel’s Facebook for weekday public hayride announcements, additional weekday time openings and more. Burwinkel Farms, 4359 Hamilton Cleves Road, Ross; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; $11 per person hayride option + $6 per person walking option, both options include a small pumpkin and a sunflower; 513-738-1145.





Roam 300+ acres, discover remarkable sculptures at Pyramid Hill and enjoy the Art Fair, too! Visit more than 70 artist booths, enjoy food vendors, live music and family fun activities all weekend long. See website for entertainment and activity lineup. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; see website for pricing details; 513-868-1234. 



Celebrate Got Milk Day by watching cow milking demonstrations, bottle feeding a baby calf and meeting a farmer! The first 100 guests will receive a free scoop of Colds Homemade Ice Cream. Food and additional activities available for purchase. Country Pumpkins Farm, 1835 Sherman Mount Zion Road, Dry Ridge, Ky; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; (859) 905-9656.





Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the third annual Hispanic Heritage Festival. Dancing, performances, live music, crafts, food trucks and more!  Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 3 – 7 p.m.; valid vehicle permit required for park entry; 513-521-7275 



the autism open

THE AUTISM OPEN (register)

The 2nd annual Autism Open brings an afternoon of golf benefitting the Kelly O’Learly Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.   

  • 4 golfer scramble format
  • 1 player will be selected to take a shot for ONE MILLION DOLLARS!
  • 4 player $100,000 Dollar Shootout!
  • Hole in One challenges on every par 3!  Prizes include Pebble Beach Golf Vacation or $10,000 cash, Scotty Cameron Phantom X Putter, Ipad and a Yeti Thundra 75 cooler!
  • Men and Women Longest Drive Contests for free rounds of golf or a spa day certificate!
  • Putting Contest with a guaranteed winner of a 7 night cruise!
  • Closest to the Pin contest with a guaranteed winner of a 5 night resort stay!

$125 per player entry fee includes: Green and Cart fee, Range balls, lunch, drink tickets, Long Drive and Closest to the Pin Participation, Player gift, Entry for door prizes, Dinner and Awards Ceremony Elks Run Golf Course, 2000 Elklick Road, Batavia; 1:30 p.m.; $125 per golfer.




Highland Weekend. Explore a 16th century English village filled with shopping, shows, more than 150 costumed characters, good food and so much more!  The weekend’s festival includes bagpipers, haggis and more, celebrating Highland heritage. Ohio Renaissance Festival, 10542 East State Route 73, Waynesville; $28 adult general admission, $10 child (ages 5 – 12). Free parking.



Sunday, September 24



Browse 300 arts, crafts and food vendors and hear live music, too.  Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N Broadway, Lebanon; 10 a.m.; $1 admission for ages 12 and older; 513-850-1770. 




Navigate through a maze filled with friendly ghosts, skeletons and trick-or-treat candy!  Pumpkin-filled cargo trains will make their way around scale-train neighborhoods and cities among  Halloween mini scenes. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester Township; 12 – 6 p.m.; see website for ticket pricing details; 513-898-8000.



Kings Island’s Tricks and Treats Fall Festival

Put on a costume and get in the harvest spirit; families can enjoy tasty treats, watch lively entertainment and go on lots of exciting rides at Kings Island’s Tricks and Treats Fall Fest.

Rides! From brave beginnings in Planet Snoopy to shrieking on the brand new Giga Coaster Orion, there is an exhilarating option for every ride-enthusiast in your family.

Candy! Plenty of themed trick or treat stations around the park for ghouls and boos to get tasty treats.  

Fall Fun! Activities throughout Planet Snoopy include a coloring station, a make-and-take craft and spooky-themed games. Make your way through a corn or hay maze. Kiddos can ride harvest tractors or blast their way through a ninja challenge course.

Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Dr., Kings Island; 11  a.m – 7 p.m.; see website for ticket information; 513-754-5700. 



Come study pollinators and all the benefits they bring to our world. Enjoy live animal encounters by Hueston Woods Nature Center, talk with local experts on pollinators, native plants and nature conservation at multiple educational booths, take a tour of the pollinator meadow, practice fishing and archery skills, venture on a scavenger hunt, make a craft and release some energy in festival games and a bouncy house.

A free meal is provided for attendees along with a swag bag filled with wildflower seed packets and other items to help make local backyards pollinator friendly. Most activities are held outdoors; rain or shine!   Funding for this event is provided by the Seven Mile Chapter and Ohio Division of the Izaak Walton League of America. IWLA is a non-profit conservation organization that provides outdoor recreation and nature education opportunities while encouraging sustainable use of natural resources. 3380 Cotton Road, Hamilton; 2 – 5 p.m.




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Amanda Ciani

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her Instagram account (@cinciciani), and Twitter account (@haikuciani).