Screen time is always a concern and this year it has grown for everyone while we have spent more time inside. For kids, it has grown even more as school has become virtual for many. We think it’s time to give them a break, get some fresh air, and eat something yummy at the same time. These farms have fun for the whole family, tasty seasonal treats, and will teach the young ones a little about where their food comes from.
Kustermans Berry Farms
Kustermans Berry Farms in Mount Brydges has it all. Fresh blueberries, raspberries, corn, pumpkins and seasonal produce are available in the fall. For the kids to stay entertained, there are friendly farm animals, pedal karts, playgrounds, and farm tours. To keep up with all regulations and keep everyone safe, the activities have online booking so you can reserve your spot. For fresh baked goods, head to the on-site market – it’s all fresh!
Udderly Ridiculous Farm Life
The newest farm destination in the region to open its fields to the public for on farm experiences, Udderly Ridiculous wants to help every learn more about food and farming through the people, animals & land. They offer a number of different experiences that get you hands-on in the learning including Alpaca Walks & Encounters, and the Taste of Farm Life Experience where you'll learn the zany stories of life on a farm as you take a lively pack of goats or alpacas for a walk, spend some quality time out in the field and tune into the sights, sounds, tastes and yes, the smells, of farm life. Pre-booking is required so book today!
Apple Land Station
Apple Land Station is a family farm attraction in Thorndale that all can enjoy. You’ll want to start your visit in the on-site store that houses a bakery famous for its apple pies. Filled with 3.5 pounds of apples, these pies are baked fresh and are truly out of this world. In the fall, you can enjoy pick-your-own apples and pumpkins. However it’s the crop of farm-themed activities that the kids will love including a farm train, adorable barnyard animals, and a huge mountain of sand that kids will love climbing on and digging in. Apple Land is open from Labour Day weekend until October 31st for activities with the bakery open daily now.
Want a one of a kind experience? Book the Sunset Campfire experience at Snyder's Family Farm. Staff have a fire ready for your arrival and you get to sit & enjoy the sunset in your own distanced area. You can even order a roasting kit for s'mores along with tasty food and drinks from the Sweets & Spirits Bar. For farm fun, book access to the attractions including the 5 acre corn maze, animal barnyard, jumping pillow, giant peddle cart track, and so much more. Pre-booking is required to ensure adequate distancing and safety for all guests.
Clovermead Adventure Farm
With 24 million (and counting) staff buzzing with activity, the Clovermead Adventure Farm in Aylmer is home to unique honey varieties and inside the Honey Gift Store you can sample them all, as well as purchase treats, including honey spreads, beeswax candles and hand cream. While you’re enjoying these sweet treats, the kids can take in the fun activities on the adventure farm. Families can enjoy the animal barn, jumping pillow, ziplines, play areas, pedal-karts, and more. Bee-sure your playtime is booked in advance, short and long durations available, so everyone can enjoy the facilities safely.
Korny Korners Farm
Located just outside Sarnia, Korney Korners Farm is a favourite fall destination for families thanks to its petting farm, playground, and corn maze with a new layout each year. This year’s corn maze design is all about thanking of front-line workers. Beyond the fun, there’s an amazing food trailer for great eats and farm market to stock up on fresh from the field produce.
Great Lakes Farm
Nothing says fall like apples and pumpkins and you’ll find both at Great Lakes Farm. Head into the Apple Barn for farm fresh fruits and delicious baked goods. During the fall, you can also pick your own apples and pumpkins but be sure to start your visit with a wagon ride around the farm or a trip through the corn maze. Kids will love the pirate ship, zip line, happy hoppers, pedal tractors, and more!
Now that we’ve shared a taste of what awaits you, it’s time to hop in the car and build some yummy memories with the whole family!
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