It's time for many area farms to begin their annual fall festivals. As you plan your family outings to the farm, here are some suggestions for what to bring along and what to expect. Hopefully these ideas will make your visit even more memorable.
Packing for Your Trip to the Farm
Wondering what to bring? Spend a few moments gathering these items before you head out the door.
Warm Clothing – Be sure to check the weather and dress accordingly. Consider dressing in layers so you can add/remove items if you get too hot or cold. This is especially important if you are going to be staying into the evening. As the sun sets it will get colder. Remember to bring a jacket, hat and gloves.
Shoes or Boots you Don't Mind Getting Dirty – It’s a farm so there will be mud in spots, especially throughout the corn mazes. Consider packing an extra pair of shoes for the car ride home and a plastic bag to put the dirty ones in.
Snacks & Drinks – Pretzels, fruit and granola bars are great options. Active children (and adults) burn up energy fast. Don't forget about drinks.
Flashlights – Some of the farms offer evening hours so you can navigate through the corn maze at night. Bring along some flashlights and remember to check the batteries.
A Camera – There will be lots of fun photo opportunities. Be sure to bring along a camera to capture the memories.
Strollers – If you have young children, it is a good idea to bring a lightweight stroller for when they get tired.
An Empty Car Trunk – Planning to purchase a pumpkin or other fall decorations? If so, ensure there is plenty of room in your car trunk. That way, you won't be left wondering how you are going to get your purchases home.
Cash – Some farms are not able to accept credit cards. Save yourself an unexpected trip to the ATM and bring cash with you.
I always find that family outings go much smoother if I set the ground rules with my kids before we head out the door.
Plan to stay at least a couple hours (or more) – We've easily stayed for 3+ hours at every farm we've visited. Give yourself enough time to relax while you are at the farm. Enjoy the day without rushing through the activities.
Also, the time you'll stay depends on the number of things to do on the Farm and any special activities planned for that day. Bill from Maize Valley Farm Market & Winery recently commented with the suggestion to visit the farm's website and facebook page as they will contain a lot of the details that really help to manage expectations. Thanks Bill! Be sure to read his comment below as it is really informative.
Determine What you Will and Won't Be Doing – Most of the farms offer a wide variety of activities (Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Hayrides, Corn Mazes, Pedal Carts, Corn Cannons). Let your kids know upfront what they can and can't do.
Choose Age Appropriate Activities – Middle Schoolers might enjoy navigating through a challenging corn maze. Toddlers and young children might prefer the easier straw mazes, corn boxes and tractor rides. You know your child's interests and attention span best, so try to select the activities they will enjoy most.
Plan your meals – Will you be at the farm over the lunch or dinner hour? If so, do you intend to purchase a meal at the farm or bring your own from home? Consider the many Kids Eat FREE deals offered by various Northeast Ohio restaurants.
Do you have a helpful tip to share? Please leave a comment below and let us know if any other suggestions should be included.
Not all you need to do is determine which festival to attend. We've got you covered! Just browse through our extensive list of Northeast Ohio Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, Hay Rides & Fall Festivals and choose one (or more) for your family to enjoy.