Nothing says Fall like corn mazes, apple picking, and autumn fairs! As you and your family get settled into the school routine, consider making a fun weekend getaway to one of these family-owned farms located in the Greater Toronto Area. We wrote a blog post a while back on cheap carsharing options, so if finding a ride is an issue, we’ve got you covered.
Chudleigh’s Farm– Milton is home to pet-friendly Chudleigh’s Farm, a spot open every day from 10-5 pm. Admission for a family of four costs $45, but if you plan on visiting more than once it may be worth purchasing a season’s pass ($95). Kids under three are always free, so if you have young ones, purchasing an adult admission ($13) may be a cheaper option. Chudleigh’s has wagon rides, farm animals to feed, an extensive kids’ entertainment area, and a huge hay maze. There are two options for picking apples- a medium bag for $12 (fitting 5-7lbs) or a large one for $20 (fitting 10-11lbs).
Carl Laidlaw Orchards– If you find yourself in Brampton, head to Laidlaw Orchards. It’s open on weekends and holidays from 9-5 pm. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children. This includes wagon rides, jumps in the hay barn, and general farm fun. Apples are $1.40/lb and the farm is pet friendly so long as your pup is kept on its leash. Clicking here will direct you to the Orchards’ beautiful photo-filled blog.
Applewood Farm– Located in Stouffville, your $7.50 admission (for those aged 3-65) to Applewood Farm includes full use of the farm’s play yard, wagon rides to and from the orchard, access to the animal barn, corn maze, and Straw Mountain! Applewood doesn’t sell their fruit by the pound; apples cost an additional $20 for a 20lb bag (which they’ll provide to you when you pick). They’re open Wednesday-Friday from 12- 5 pm and on the weekend from 9-5 pm. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed.
Don’t forget- you must always buy what you’ve picked, or else the produce will go to waste! If you’ve found that your eyes were bigger than your stomach/fridge, consider gifting your excess apples to friends and neighbours.
Looking for even more orchards? Toronto4kids has an extensive list at: http://www.toronto4kids.com/August-2016/Fall-Apple-Picking-for-Families/
Brooks Farms– Brooks Farms offers pick your own squash ($0.80/lb) and pumpkins (price varies based on size). Located close to Uxbridge, the Farm is open Monday-Sunday from 9-5 pm. Kids two and under are free, otherwise admission is $9 on weekdays or else $14 on weekends. You’ll love their Fall Fun Festival that occurs every weekend. It’s got pig races, straw jumps, sing-alongs and more.
Knox Pumpkin Farm– Hampton houses Knox Pumpkin Farm, a u-pick pumpkin patch open from 10-5 pm daily. Admission is $5/person on weekdays or $7 on weekends. Kids two and under are always free. While you’re there you can have your face painted, visit the farm animals, hang out in the play area, and walk through the corn maze!
Forsythe Family Farms– Pick a pumpkin at Forsythe Farms in Uxbridge! Weekend admission is $5.50 for those 2 and up and their hours are from 9:30-5:30 pm. Enjoy the barnyard adventure playground, farm animals, and slide down Billy Goat Mountain! On-site farm educators help make your visit more interactive and their Harvest Festivals happening every weekend promise even more special events.
Pumpkinfest Toronto– Head down to Toronto’s Downsview Park Saturday, October 8th- Monday the 10th and enjoy this free fall festival! With a princess meet and greet, stage shows, inflatables and a midway, this local event is one you can’t miss. While admission and parking is free for all, fees do apply for rides, food and vendors. And remember, these grounds aren’t pet friendly.
Woodbridge Fair– This is the Woodbridge Fall Fair’s 169th year. Purchase a family pass for $35 (includes two adults and up to three kids under 14) and head over any time between Saturday, October the 8th and Monday the 10th! With a midway, kids’ zone, petting zoo, and animal and food competitions you’ll be sure to find something of interest.
Erin Fair– Happening October 7th– 10th, the Erin Fall Fair is free for kids 4 and under, $5 for those up to the age of 12, and $10 for those 13 and up. Catch the teen battle of the bands, dog stunt shows, fireworks, and farmer Olympics. They’ve got a kids’ zone too!
Elmvale Fair– October 6th-8th head over to Elmvale, Ontario and take in their 156th annual Fall Fair. Enjoy the pony show, parades, midway, and stunt shows. Kids grade eight and under get in free, adult admission is $10/person. Cars are $5 to park.
Happy Fall, everyone!