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Lowe’s is offering a free Christmas Ornament Build & Grow Event on Saturday, December 3rd at 10 a.m.  Children and their parents are invited to register for this interactive event here.

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Deerfield Towne Center Holiday Lights Event

by Katie on November 11, 2016

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Deerfield Towne Center will be kicking off the holiday season with their Holiday Lights Event on Saturday, December 3rd from 5-7 p.m.

Enjoy holiday arts and crafts, music, carriage rides, and an opportunity to visit with Santa.  Plus, the festivities will include the lighting of a 40-foot Christmas tree in the village at 6 p.m.

Attendance to the Holiday Lights Event is free, but participants are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

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Toys “R” Us is hosting a free Holiday Toy Fest on Saturday, November 5th from 12-2 p.m.  This event will feature toy demos, raffles, make and take activities, giveaways, and a visit from Geoffrey.

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Northgate Mall is hosting a Mall-O-Ween Event on Monday, October 31st from 4-7 p.m.  Candy stations will be marked with balloons, and the event will feature free family fun and a costume contest.

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Halloween at Tri-County Mall

by Katie on October 31, 2016

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Tri-County Mall and Q102 will be hosting trick-or-treating for children ages 12 and under at Tri-County Mall on Monday, October 31 from 4-6 p.m.  The customer service center as well as various stores will be handing out candy, plus Q102 will be giving away a $500 gift card to Tri-County Mall at 6:00 pm!

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Bass Pro Shops are featuring a free Great Pumpkin Celebration from 4-8 p.m. today.  Participants can enjoy:

  • Free 4×6 photo with the Peanuts gang
  • Free light up pendant to the first 100 kids to have a photo taken
  • Free face painting (4-7 p.m.)
  • Free hot chocolate samples (5-8 p.m.)
  • Free decorate a trick-or-treat bag (4-8 p.m.)
  • Free costume parade (6 p.m.)
  • Free trick-or-treating (4-8 p.m.)

Plus, participants of the costume parade will even receive a free plush jack-o-lantern!  You can find a Bass Pro Shops location near you here.

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Parky’s Farm Halloween Nights

by Katie on October 25, 2016

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One of our family’s favorite fall events to attend is Halloween Nights at Parky’s Farm.  Unlike the haunted houses, scary monsters, and ghoulish attractions at many Halloween events, Halloween Nights is hardly-haunted fun for the whole family.

The most challenging part of Halloween Nights is trying to fit everything in during the course of just four hours!  For just $8 (or $7 if you order the tickets online), you’ll receive admission into all of the following attractions:

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Hayride

Need I say more?!  Is there anything more fall-ish than a hay ride through the woods?!  Running continuously from 5:30 to 9:30 each evening, the hayride takes passengers into the woods, through a “town,” and past a small lake, all of which are lit up with Halloween-themed lights and sculptures.

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Obstacle Course

The inflatable obstacle course is always a hit with our kids every year.  As per usual, our youngest two turned it into a competition, and our daughter almost edged out her brother.  But at the last second, she slid back down the wall, giving him the win for this year!

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Ghostly Golf

Miniature golf is always fun, but it’s even more adventuresome when you can play on a dimly lit course in the middle of a Halloween field!  Kids can play as many rounds as they choose throughout the evening.

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Super Slide

This slide reminds me of the one that was at Kings Island eons ago (I’m probably showing my age here!).  Of course, this turned into a competition as well, with our second oldest taking the lead.

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Fun House

While the Fun House might be a little intimidating for younger children, our kids had a blast weaving their way through a turning tunnel, a shifting platform, and rows of chains.  The older kids took their time to ensure their little sister made it through each section safely (and without getting scared!).

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Creepy Critters

In the Program Barn, kids have the opportunity to meet naturalists and learn about a variety of animals.  The kids dared each other to hold a hissing cockroach and took turns seeing who could hold it the longest without freaking out!  They also had the chance to learn about turtles, snakes, spiders, and more.

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Parky’s Playbarn

Of course, a visit to Parky’s Farm just wouldn’t be complete without time in the Playbarn!  From slides and ramps to tunnels and ball pits, this is a “must do” stop on the Halloween Nights tour!

In addition to all of these attractions, families can also enjoy the Rock Star Corey Show, a moon bounce, the hardly haunted castle, and an interactive talking mirror – all included in the price of admission!

Halloween Nights runs through October 30th on Thursdays through Sundays from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Parky’s Farm.  Tickets are $7 if your order online or $8 at the gate.  Children under the age of 2 are free.

It’s important to note that you will need a Great Parks motor vehicle permit in order to enter this event, which is $3 for the day or $10 for the year.  You can find more information and pre-order tickets here.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Great Parks of Hamilton County.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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