During the summer there are so many things to do, places to go, people to see. We love going to the beach, the park, the zoo, etc. But when fall arrives, and the beaches close, sometimes we forget that there are still a lot of fun places to go.
The first fun place that comes to my mind when fall arrives is the cider mill. I love the cider mill! The only problem is that’s where everyone else likes to go in the fall too, and they can get very busy! So when the weather was absolutely beautiful last weekend, my husband and I decided to take our children to the farm instead.
The farm we like to visit is the Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center in Ray, Michigan. I really enjoy taking the kids to this 250-acre working farm. They love seeing the animals and I love being out in the country. It’s nice to get away from all of the traffic and stores and just relax. We’ve even brought a picnic lunch with us (there are plenty of picnic tables). I have four children, and there is something each of them loves at the farm.
My oldest son loves the corn maze. And I love the corn maze too, because it’s not so big that I have to worry about them really getting lost in it. They are always close enough that we can hear each other if they are having a hard time finding their way back to the entrance/exit. But it’s big enough for them to have a great time in!
And then there’s my youngest daughter, who is almost three and just loves the animals. Her favorite animal varies with each visit, although she does love to see the cows a lot. My other daughter, our third born has found a small chicken, which she deems to be a baby, that has become her favorite. I think she would sit by the chicken coop all day and stare at “her baby” if I let her.
And then there is my other son, our second born, whose favorite animal at the farm is a giant turkey. We can’t go to the farm without seeing his turkey friend. One fun thing about the turkey is that if you stop by the fence to look at it, it will walk right over to see you. And if you begin walking along the fence, it will follow. If you stop, it will stop. And this is what makes my son love the turkey so much. He feels as though it loves us, and just wants to be near us. But the best part about the turkey is when it “gobbles”. This funny sound always comes from the turkey unexpectedly, and makes the kids jump back and laugh every time.
We visited the farm throughout the spring and summer and it was great. Fall at the farm has it’s own appeal though. The colors of the leaves changing was beautiful, and even though I had meant to leave my camera at home, I found I couldn’t put it down.
There are also a number of fun activities to participate in that only happen in the fall. In fact, there are different special events that take place throughout the entire year.
For example, we had cider and donuts, and then a tractor pulled wagon ride out to a pumpkin patch. The pumpkins were available for purchase. And even though we weren’t in the market for a pumpkin that day, the kids had a blast just running around the field looking at them. Then we got back on the wagon for our return ride, during which the kids, suddenly very talkative, entertained our friendly guide.
So, the next time your sitting around the house on a beautiful fall day (or any time of the year), maybe a trip to the farm is just what you need. It’s peaceful, relaxing, inexpensive, and fun for the whole family! Wolcott Mill is our family’s favorite, but if you don’t live nearby, check around your area. There are farms all over Michigan, and maybe your family’s favorite is just sitting there, waiting to be found by you!