Fall is filled with beautiful colors, great weather and endless activities. I love taking part in all the season has to offer. Years ago, I started a fall tour of farms and other family-friendly events surrounding the season. Each week, I’d take my son to do a few different activities. Now that he’s in school, we have less time to do all of the great fall happenings. So this year, we’ll be visiting a few of our favorite places, but we’re also excited to add all new activities to our list!
I’ll be posting on social media @kathyromano11, so follow along with me! Don’t forget to tag me in your fall activity posts and use the hashtag #kathysfallactivities
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1) Visit your favorite Farm: Start the fall tour off with a day at your favorite local farm for a hayride, apple & pumpkin picking, a corn maze and a delicious treat! My 2 favorite farms are Shadybrook Farm in Yardley, PA and MerryMead Farm in Lansdale, PA.
- Shadybrook: has great Halloween attractions and fall festival vibe. There is so much to do! Our favorite attractions the giant bounce pillow! The have a bunch of bounce houses, pig races and apple/ pumpkin picking. At the end of September, it turns into a haunted farm! But during the day the attractions are no scare. So kids can walk through the houses without being scarred for life. My 7 year old loves the 3D house and mommy loves the beer garden! I was introduced to Jacks Hard Cider at Shadybrook’s beer garden!
Hint: if you have little kids go during the week, its much less crowded and the kids can spend more time on the moon bounces and other attractions! My son says they have delicious chocolate milkshakes!
- MerryMead: The kids LOVE the corn maze at this farm! My son spends a VERY long time exploring inside the corn maze. They have lots of animals to see and feed. The hayride is a scenic tour around their beautiful farm. “The Lighting of the Great Pumpkin” event (Saturday Sept 29th at 5:30pm) is a lot of fun. It can get crowded, so get there early! There’s lots to do here. You won’t be bored. They have a nice selection of pumpkins both large and small.
We love spending time at this farm, however, I will make the drive there solely for the delicious ice cream they sell in their market. They sell it by the cone or the gallon!
2) Canal-O-ween: is a nice stroll down the historic Delaware canal in Yardley, Pa. It's lined with over 300 Jack-o-lanterns. You can take part in the family friendly Carve-o-thon (Sunday October 28th from 12pm-3pm) and have a pumpkin on display. Bring your tools and carve one of your own large pumpkins or a smaller pumpkin that will be supplied. The Jack-o-lantern stroll kicks off on Sunday Oct 28th and runs through Nov 3rd.
3) Chaddsford Winery – Adult Trick or Treat: Kids like candy! Adults like alcohol! This is a perfect activity for wine and Halloween lovers. As you weave your way through the festive winery grounds you’ll make stops at 5 Halloween themed pairing stations. Wine, beer, and cocktails will be served along with other goodies. The winery’s adult trick or treat will be Saturdays and Sundays from Sept 29th – Oct 28th. You get 20% off any bottle purchases if you’re wearing a costume.
4) Witches & Wizards Weekend: Formally known as the Harry Potter Festival, the newly named Witches & Wizards weekend will take place this year despite rumors that it was cancelled. After a Warner Bros crackdown on festivals, the organizers were forced to rename the event. In addition to the name change there will be a number of things that will make the festival a bit different. The 2 day event on Oct 19th & 20th turns Chestnut Hill into an enchanted magic filled haunt. New this year, Germantown Ave will remain open to traffic. Unlike previous years, where numerous street closures caused traffic jams and long walks for people attending, there will be no street closures. The event kicks off with a Pub Crawl on Friday. Saturday seems to be more family friendly. No word on where everything and everyone will go with no streets being closed. But fire-breathers, zombie dance parties, a costume parade and contest, hay rides, the return of the Chestnut Hill College Quidditch tournament and Woodmere Art Museum Straw Maze, and more are still being promised!
Floral and Hardy of Skippack Garden Center is offering a number of fall related activity classes and events including Family Day (Oct 20th), Wood Pumpkin Painting (Sept 29th & Oct 13th) Kids Halloween Mini Garden Workshop (Oct 27th) and the one I’m most interested in is the Pumpkin Succulent workshop (Oct 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th).
6) The Glow: A Jack O Lantern Experience: is a huge and elaborate carved pumpkin display in Fairmount Park. There are larger than life illuminated pumpkins including a special tribute to the 2017 Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. 5000 beautifully hand carved jack-o-lanterns line 1/3 of a mile walk through the park. Its an evening event that runs from Oct 4th – Oct 28th.
7) Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Festival: The scarecrows are only part of the attraction in this popular scenic Bucks County spot. Peddlers Village is a great place to go on a sunny day. It's filled with shopping, restaurants, and beautiful scenery! The scarecrows will be on outdoor display from Sept 10th – October 28th.
8) Ott's Mum Mountain: Ott's Exotic Plants in Schwenksville plant their mum hill in the beginning of July. The best times to visit are when the mums are in full bloom, which is normally the first 2 weeks of October. Last year they peaked later in October, closer to Halloween. You can stroll up the hill of thousands of mums or through it in a tunnel. The rainbow of fall colors makes for amazingly beautiful pictures. But that’s not the end of it! Make sure you visit the massive greenhouse filled with exotic plant displays and an indoor tropical mountain complete with a waterfall. Then make your way to the adjoining greenhouses to purchase their exotic plants. This hidden gem is opened Monday through Saturday 9am-8pm and Sunday 9am-6pm!
9) Hurricane Hill Farm: This farm, located in Coatesville and known for their Sunflower hayride and 5 acre corn maze, has dedicated this year’s maze to the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles! The Corn Maze, shaped as a green football player, opens early this year (September 15th) and will be open on Saturdays and Sundays until November 4, 2018. The “Under Dog” maze is a smaller corn maze for the younger kids. In addition to a hayride through the gorgeous sunflower field, there are hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a John Deere Harvestor slide, giant pumpkin jump pad, paintball shooting gallery, and a goat walk and more farm animals to see.
10) Franklin Fright: The Franklin Institute does science right! They also do spooky science right! They are having a frightful yet fun family friendly event on Saturday Oct 27th from 10am-3pm. The iconic giant heart will be haunted for the day. The event also includes blacklight karaoke, Slimy ghost bubbles, smoky demons and Halloween themed food in the Witches Kitchen. Make (and take home) your own slime and the ball explosion are sure to be the kids favorite! The event is free with general museum admission.
I hope you take part in some of this year’s picks on my Fall Activity list! Please tag me in your social media posts @kathyromano11 and use the hashtag #kathysfallactivities
Listen to Kathy's big reveal and hear a few additions:
Look out this winter for my all new Holiday Activity list coming soon!