My three oldest children are in a Christian school, and they come home talking about going on field trips.
They need mom to sign a form so that they are allowed to go . . .
they need a sack lunch with a disposable water bottle. . .
they are going to have so much fun!!!
After hearing all this talk, Joshua decided that he wanted to go on a field trip too. So this past Friday, Dave and I took just him and Kiley to our local pumpkin farm. We haven’t been there since I was pregnant with Joshua, so he and Kiley had never gone. Poor Kristi can’t remember being to the pumpkin farm as she was just 1 1/2, but we have pictures to prove that she was there!
It was perfect timing as this month was National Field Trip Month, and I had said I would do a few posts for a blog hop on field trips. This is my third post that I have done for the blog hop.
The pumpkin farm we went to (Goebberts) has made the place bigger and better since the last time I went 4 or 5 years ago . . . and made the prices steeper. I was glad we only had 2 children with us, one of which was still free for many activities. However, it was a lot of fun, and I am glad I took the younger kids at least one time to experience the farm.
I drew the line at buying a pumpkin from there, though. We looked at the pumpkins, took pictures with the pumpkins, and then went to Aldis with the whole family that night to get big pumpkins for $3.49 each instead of the $6-$12 the pumpkin farm was charging. (Prices are not exact, I saw prices from afar and quickly decided we were going to Aldis later that day.)
Here are some of the fun things we did. Be prepared for tons of pictures!
- Joshua and Kiley both had a pony ride. You could also buy tickets for a camel ride, but we limited them to one activity besides paying for the barnyard activities.
- After the pony rides, the kids were able to feed a giraffe. You had to walk up some stairs that led to a platform so that it would be easy for the giraffes to eat from your hands! Kiley was bolder than Joshua at feeding the giraffes. When they were done, they could slide down a big tube slide to get to the bottom.
- Right before we entered into one of the enclosures that held animals, there is a dinosaur that eats pumpkins! It was fun to watch!
- There were three big enclosures that held over 50 kinds of animals. Many were quite unique! All of the cages had a placard hanging on the outside that told the name of the animal, the native country it is from, and other key information. This would be great for homeschoolers to take pictures of the animal and the placard, and they could refer to the pictures later in their studies. The bear cub on the bottom was so cute! The grounds outside around the buildings had beautiful fall flowers!
- We then went and explored all the outdoor activities. There were many painted figures that were great photo ops!
- Kiley loved the corn crib. It was basically a big box with a ton of big corn kernels that the kids could actually get in and play. It was kind-of like a huge sandbox with corn in it. Talk about sensory play! Joshua liked to “swim” in it.
- The mock town had a mini-corn maze on the inside that was a perfect size for preschoolers. The kids had a blast trying to find Daddy in the corn maze.
- The big tunnels were fun for the kids to run and slide in.
- There were wood vehicles such as this train for the kids to play on. The huge pumpkins were also fun to sit on!
- Besides the placards outside every animal’s fence, there was this big display which was educational in that it showed how a pumpkin grew.
So there’s an overview of basically everything we did on our field trip to the pumpkin farm! Believe it or not, there was even more that we did not do like paying for a hayride, jumping on a jumping pillow, going through a bigger corn maze, and much more; but we had fun doing all that we did do!