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NORTHEAST OHIO

FAMILY FUN GUIDE FALL 2020

3 SCENIC OVERLOOKS TO SEE

THE CHANGING LEAVES

FALL FUN ON THE FARM: APPLE PICKING, PUMPKIN PATCHES, & CORN MAZES

BACK-TO-SCHOOL

LUNCH HACKS

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Welcome! Pumpkin patches, apple orchards, fall foliage, roasting s’mores on the bonfire and so much more! If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for family friendly fall fun, you’re in the right place! Want a stunning view of the changing leaves? Flip to page 4 for our favorite scenic overlooks. The scenery during the fall months is breathtaking! Of course, no fun-filled fall is complete without a trip to the farm. Our Fall Fun on the Farm Guide will help you plan an apple picking adventure, take a hayride to a pumpkin patch and navigate through a corn maze (or two!). Fall also means back to school. Whether your child is heading into the classroom or doing school from home, they got to eat! Our Back to School Lunch Hacks will help make packing lunch quick & easy. Halloween is just around the corner too! Your little ones are probably bursting with costume ideas that they hope to sport as they collect sweet treats. Take the hassle out of the high prices with our tips for saving money on Halloween costumes. Here’s to a memorable fall season!

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What’s Inside 04 3 SCENIC OVERLOOKS: STUNNING VIEWS OF THE CHANGING LEAVES 06 FALL FUN ON THE FARM: APPLE PICKING, PUMPKIN PATCHES & CORN MAZES! 10 5 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON HALLOWEEN COSTUMES 12 BACK TO SCHOOL LUNCH HACKS

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Go Apple Picking Hike to a Waterfall Enjoy the Fall Foliage Visit a Pumpkin Patch See a Drive-in Movie Play Laser Tag Attend a Fall Festival Navigate a Corn Maze Spend a night Camping Try out a Ninja Course Plan a Road Trip Go See Halloween Decorations Visit a Castle in Ohio Go Trick or Treating Visit a Haunted House Go Camping Eat Homemade Ice Cream

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Take a ride on a Train Make a Thankful Tree Visit a New Playground Make Caramel Apples Try out Zip Lining Go to a Kid Friendly Halloween Event Go to a Farmers Market Make Applesauce in the Crockpot Go to an Indoor Play Center Try Horseback Riding Go on a Bike Ride See a Drive-in Movie Go Canoeing Play Footgolf Make S'mores Visit a Flea Market Enjoy a Free Kids Meal

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3 SCENIC OVERLOOKS: STUNNING VIEWS OF THE CHANGING LEAVES LEDGES TRAIL OVERLOOK AT THE CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK Ledges Trail is often rated as the best hike in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and if you’ve ever been, you know why. The breathtaking scenic overlook and the shaded trail that winds through the woods past impressive rock formations with so many places to explore, make it a must do hike for all ages.

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TINKERS CREEK GORGE OVERLOOK Part of the Cleveland Metroparks Bedford Reservation, once you visit the overlook you’ll understand why Tinkers Creek Gorge is declared a National Natural Landmark. Find the overlook along Gorge Parkway, near the intersection of Gorge Parkway and Overlook Lane. While there, we recommend hiking the Bridal Veil Falls trail (the trailhead is about a mile and a half from the overlook)

CASCADE VALLEY METRO PARK SOUTH SCENIC OVERLOOK This 526-acre park is located in central Summit County between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls. If you want to hike, we recommend the Oxbow Trail that loops through the woods, by the Cuyahoga River and the scenic overlook. If you’d prefer a paved accessible trail, head to the half mile Overlook Trail. Whatever route you choose, you’ll be treated to a spectacular view 125 feet above the Cuyahoga River.

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FALL FUN ON THE FARM APPLE PICKING, PUMPKIN PATCHES & CORN MAZES! There’s nothing quite like heading to a local farm to pick a bag of fresh apples, select a perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch or navigate through a corn maze. During the months of September and October, area farms open their doors and invite visitors to enjoy good old fashioned fall fun. Our handy guide will help you find the best pumpkin patch near you.

Arrowhead Orchard 11724 Lisbon St. SE, Paris, OH 44669 This fall, enjoy fresh air, sunshine and fun on the farm at Arrowhead Orchard, there are so many great activities to experience. Enjoy a hay ride through the farm with special stops for apple picking, visits to the pumpkin patch and to walk through the sunflower field. Navigate through the 2 acre corn maze and play all day in the HUGE outdoor play area. Call (330) 862-2733 or visit ArrowheadOrchard.com

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Derthick’s Corn Maze 5182 State Route 82, Mantua, OH 44255 For 15 years, the Derthick family has transformed their 200+ year old working farm into an outdoor adventure, featuring one of the largest professionally-cut cut corn mazes in Ohio, centrally located between Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown. Miles of maze trails, cut through 17-acres of corn, allow family fun while physically distancing! Visit DerthicksCornMaze.com or Facebook.com/DerthicksCornMaze Bauman Orchards 161 Rittman Avenue, Rittman Call (330) 925-6861 or visit baumanorchards.com

Beriswill Farms 2200 Station Road, Valley City Call (330) 350-2486 or visit beriswillfarms.com

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Heritage Farms 6050 Riverview Road, Peninsula Call (330) 657-2330 or visit heritagefarms.com

Kingsway Pumpkin Farm 1555 Andrews St. NE, Hartville Call (330) 877-6241 or visit kingswaypumpkinfarm.com

Lake Metroparks Farmpark 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland Call (440) 256-2122 or visit lakemetroparks.com

Maize Valley Fall Family Fun 6193 Edison St. NE, Hartville Call (330) 877-8344 or visit maizevalley.com

Maze Craze 14070 Woodworth Road, New Springfield Call (330) 549-9000 or visit getlostatmazecraze.com

Nickajack Farms Pumpkin Days 2955 Manchester Ave. NW, North Lawrence Call (330) 323-9714 or visit nickajackfarms.com

Patterson Fruit Farm Fun Fest 8765 Mulberry Road, Chesterland Call (440) 729-9809 or visit pattersonfarm.com

Ramseyer Farms

4000 Ramseyer Lane, Wooster Call (330) 264-0264 or visit Mapleside Farms Pumpkin Village ramseyerfarms.com 294 Pearl Road, Brunswick Red Wagon Farm Pumpkin Festival Call (330) 225-5577 or visit 16081 E. River Road, Columbia Station mapleside.com Call (440) 236-3007 or visit redwagonfarm.com

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Regal Vineyards 2678 County Line Road, Madison Call (440) 812-4936 or visit regalvineyards.com

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Apple Orchards:

19066 E. River Road, Columbia Station Call (440) 236-5454 or visit clevelandhayride.com

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Sirna’s Farm

Corn Mazes:

19009 Ravenna Road, Auburn Township Call (440) 834-0696 or visit sirnasfarm.com

Sunflower Fields:

Szalay’s Farm 4563 Riverview Road, Peninsula Call (330) 657-2727 or visit szalaysfarm.com

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5 Ways to Save Money on Halloween Costumes Dressing up is fun for kids, and it can also be a blast for parents as they piece together adorable outfits for the funniest photo-ops, capturing cherished memories that will last a lifetime. However, it can also be stressful when costume prices seem to rise more and more each year. Take the hassle out of the high prices with these tips for saving money on Halloween costumes!

TIP #1 – HOST A NEIGHBORHOOD/FRIEND COSTUME SWAP This idea is so simple. When you are done with a Halloween costume, you are usually done with it, unless a younger sibling could use it (see Tip #3). Next year it will not fit your growing child anymore anyway, and it just goes in a box in the basement. So why not offer it up to a neighbor or friend?

TIP #2 – VISIT YOUR LOCAL GOODWILL OR THRIFT STORE Not only do these stores often have a variety of gently used costumes to choose from, but they often have costumes that still have the original tags on them! It will allow your child to still look through a selection of costumes in their size, but save you money in the long run.

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TIP #3 – REUSE COSTUMES FROM OLDER SIBLINGS/COUSINS Just because your child has worn a costume, does not mean you can’t use it again. Often, younger siblings want to emulate their older brother or sister, and this is a wonderful way to let them do it. Plus, if you have the generic costume, the little one can still make it their own. You can swap out a wig or find a different pair of shoes to make an old costume feel like new.

TIP # 4 – MAKE IT YOURSELF Some of the most memorable and cherished costumes are made from the heart! You do not have to be the best seamstress or the craftiest parent to create something your child will love. Take a look at Pinterest for a few ideas. Old boxes can transform into a classic choo-choo train for your little conductor and that makeup you never used can become adorable face paint.

TIP # 5 – SELL AN OLD COSTUME Since last year’s costume is only gently used, consider selling it! Facebook groups often offer a place to sell items. Someone in your area might be looking to save on a popular style that you used last year. They will find exactly what they are looking for at a discounted price, and you will make a few extra dollars to put toward this year’s attire.

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BACK TO SCHOOL LUNCH HACKS Packing lunches for over 10 years has taught me a valuable lesson: When it comes to lunch packing, keep it simple. Here are five tips & tricks that will help make lunch packing quick & easy.

CREATE A SIMPLE LUNCH PACKING SYSTEM In your pantry or a snack drawer, place all non-refrigerated lunch box items in small bins (beverage bin, healthy snack bin, treat bin). Then let the kids pick one item from each bin when packing their lunch.

USE FROZEN DRINKS TO KEEP THINGS COLD Store your beverages (water bottles, juice boxes) in the freezer and put them in the lunchbox ice-cold. They will defrost by lunchtime and do double duty by acting as an ice pack to keep the rest of the lunch chilled.

PREVENT FRUIT FROM BROWNING Most kids love apples, but will turn them away if presented with browned apple slices. To prevent this from happening, dunk the slices in a mixture of lemon water (1 cup water, 1 teaspoon lemon juice). This trick will keep the pre-sliced apples looking fresh all day.

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MAKE YOUR OWN SINGLE SERVINGS BAGS Save money by buying larger bags of snacks (pretzels, crackers, chips) and creating your own single size bags. Use a Measuring Cup and Ziploc Bags to make the process quick and easy. Bonus Tip: Worried about broken chips? Blow some air into the bag before sealing the bag. This creates a little air pillow to protect them from breaking.

ENLIST THE HELP OF YOUR KIDS

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This is the most important tip of all because it has the biggest long term benefit. Have your kids help and start when they are young. Have them help early on and before you know it they’ll be old enough to pack the entire meal. The night before, have them help pack anything that can be assembled the night before. Then pop the entire lunchbox in the fridge.

What do you most often pack in your kids lunches? Ÿ Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are my kids favorite. ~ Hallie S. Ÿ Dinner leftovers in a thermos. ~ Becky B. Ÿ Uncrustables, fruit snacks, pretzels and a drink. We try to make it easy so they can help pack. ~ Natalie K. Fall 2020 | NortheastOhioFamilyFun.com 13


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