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Fun Filled Days Picking Apples and Pumpkins

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

It's that time of the year again! Enjoy a fun filled day with your entire family picking apples and pumpkins from a pumpkin patch! We just came home from Whittamore's Farm, and the kids had a blast. It was a beautiful day outside and there was tons to do for the kids, even on a weekday, and it wasn't the usual zoo as it is often on weekends.

Tips for when you go
- Don't forget the kids! :), and the camera!
- Bring water (sippy cups), snacks/lunch
- Bring wipes and hand sanitizer (and toilet paper, as it always runs out in the potty stations)
- Bring plastic cups to put farm animal food inside (easy to hold when feeding the farm animals); also you will need quarters to purchase the animal food
- Sunscreen and hats
- Dress your child in a bright colour so that you can easily spot him/her in the crowd

Apple Picking at Applewood Farm Winery
If you like taking your kids to pick your own fruits and vegetables (seasonal), now is the time to go apple picking. If you live in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), I recommend going to the Applewood Farm Winery. The farm is located in Stouffville, close to home (an important factor to consider when you have small kids). They also have a winery. I like this farm because it’s not extremely busy (as Whittamore for example), and offers families to pick a variety of apples during this time of the year, as well as kids to enjoy a small petting zoo, haystacks, and a pumpkin patch.


Applewood Farm Winery hours are:
Wednesday-Friday 12-5pm
Weekends and holidays 9am-5pm
The farm is located at 12416 McCowan Rd. in Stouffville
General admission is $7.50 per person ages 3-65 (apples are an additional charge).

More details can be found at http://www.applewoodfarmwinery.com/index.html.

Pumpkinland at Whittamore Farm
Go and have fun with the entire family at the Whittamore farm. This is my favourite one to go to with kids for the fun activities, especially for some pumpkin fun before Halloween. The farm is located beside the Rouge River Valley in Markham. The farm has tons to offer for kids, including wagon rides, slides, a corn maze, swings, bounce castles, spider web climb and much more. You can also go to pick your own fruits and vegetables (check the website for a detailed list), or check out the farm shop for fresh produce. The farm also hosts birthday parties for children ages 3-8, if you’re interested, from May 10th to October 26th.
 


 


Currently, Whittamore farm is transformed into pumpkinland throughout the month of October. There are many pumpkin attractions to visit, however some are only open on weekends and holidays, so make sure to check the farm website for details. The new attractions this year are the Jumbo Pumpkin Jumper and Jumbo Corn Jumper, both open weekends only and weather permitting). Pumpkin canon shows and wagon rides through the spooky forest are offered weekdays and weekends.
 


Whittamore Farm hours are:
Pumpkinland is open daily 10am-5pm.
Pick Your Own Fall Season (autumn strawberries and raspberries, tomatoes, peppers and eggplants) is open weekends only 9am-5pm (minimum purchase of $5 is required).

The farm is located at 8100 Steeles Ave. E. in Markham.
General Admission is $8 (+HST) per person on weekdays and $12 (+HST) per person on weekends and Thanksgiving Monday, ages 2 and over.

Get your 1 free admission coupon to Whittamore Farm at http://www.toronto4kids.com/images/geobase/26089/WhittamoresCoupon.pdf

More details on Whittamore farm can be found at http://www.whittamoresfarm.com

Teachers!!! Apples and Pumpkins together for the Whole Class
Have a fun, educational and holistic experience at Willowgrove Farm in Stouffville. More information can be found at http://www.willowgrove.ca/Outdoor-Education/Fall-Programs. They have great programs for daycares and schools.

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