The crisp, cool days of autumn have arrived. The sights of the changing season are all around us and the Mansfield and Richland County area is overflowing with fun things to do for families.
The approaching weekend and the rest of October include many family fun events in or near Mansfield. Check the websites we have listed for many calendars and scheduled events around the county.
If you would like to stay in town, the Family Fall Festival will be held in Downtown Mansfield on October 11th. Live entertainment, games and prizes are some of the events that will take place.
A little farther out, the Ohio Bird Sanctuary will hold a Fall Wildlife Festival from 11:00 until 5:00.
In Lexington, Wayne’s Country Market is the spot for a Kids Night at 6:00 p.m. Many fun activities will take place including a hay ride and maze!
Or perhaps a family friendly Spooky Halloween Weekend at Pleasant Hill Lake Park!
Kingwood Center will again hold the very popular event, The Great Pumpkin Glow, on October 18th and 19th. Hundreds of Jack O'Lanterns carved by local artists, decorate the estate.
Picking apples is a great family activity and also offers the chance to tell your children the story of our local legend, John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed. Apple Hill Orchard is the perfect spot for his story. They also have seasonal activities taking place.
Many events are free. Check the calendars for details on all the listed events.
Our great natural areas, such as the Mohican State Park and Clearfork Reservoir, among others, offer space for a nature walk to take in the beautiful fall foliage. Your neighborhood park or bike trail also provides a few last chances to be outside and enjoy this beautiful time of year before the colder weather keeps us indoors.
If spooky, scary places are what you crave, check out Haunted Mansfield.com. Many of these events are for older children or adults but are worth a look. And of course, Mansfield’s Downtown Trick or Treat, an event that the library participates in. The Halloween Parade will follow Trick or Treat.
And don’t forget the library for many exciting programs that are taking place including seasonal and holiday programs. And books … plenty of great Halloween and autumn books. Apples, pumpkins, changing leaves, hibernating animals. And of course, good old scary stories!
There is plenty of fun to be had for families in the Mansfield and Richland County area. We hope you enjoy this beautiful season!