Head outside this weekend for some classic fall family events! For our list of FREE weekend events, check over here and for our complete Family Fun Calendar for this weekend and beyond, head over here.
FALL FESTIVAL PICKS
We can’t get enough of the fresh fall festivals that populate every corner of the Twin Cities this time of year. Here are two we think are worth your time this weekend; find a dozen more on our Fall Family Festival Calendar.
10/7/17: UFC Farm Supply Harvest Festival | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista | 9:30am-3:30pm | Family highlights: Dog shows, pumpkin weigh-off, wagon rides, crafts, cooking demos & more. Gale Woods Farm is a wonderful place to explore.
10/7-8: Annual Apple Festival | Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard, Hastings | 9:30am-5pm | Family highlights: Activities at the orchard including their wagon rides, straw mountain, farm animals and family-friendly corn maze. FREE admission.
FALL COLOR PICKS
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum celebrates autumn in grand style. Kids can play around in the custom-designed Green Play Yard, race family members through a hedge maze, taste samples at the Apple House, play lawn games and much more. Keep in mind that the Arborteum is a wonderful place for families to visit year-round. For more ideas on how to explore it with younger ones, try our list of 10 Things for Kids: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
10/6-7: Chairlift Rides | Hyland Hills Ski Area | Bloomington | 5-9pm | $5/pp in advance, $6/day of | Take in the colorful view as you glide to the top of Mount Gilboa. Then meet a raptor, play lawn games and listen to live music at sunset. Finish the evening with smores around the campfire.
10/7-8: Fall Color Tram Tour | Eastman Nature Center at Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove | $5/pp | Enjoy the colors of the season on a tractor-drawn tram ride. Best for kids who can tolerate a decent ride. Catch apple cider demonstrations from 1-4pm on Sunday only. The tram runs on the hour every hour with the last ride at 4pm. Reservations required, by phone only; call 763.559.6700.
APPLE ORCHARD PICKS
Deardorff Orchards | Waconia
Treat your family to a trip to Deardorff Orchards. It’s a classic place to pick apples — a picturesque barn, farm animals, straw bales to climb and hayrides into the orchard — with a few nice twists. There’s live music performing most weekends while you stroll the grounds. Adults can sip on a glass from the onsite Parley Lake Winery. And the whole family can enjoy wood-fired pizzas for lunch (select weekends only – including Oct 7 & 8). 10am-6pm, free admission.
Sunrise River Farm | Wyoming
We love the cozy, family feel of this orchard in the far northern suburbs. Wander through the barnyard and give the donkeys a brush. Smaller members of the crew will enjoy pedaling the trikes and riding the barrel train while older ones will want to try out the tire swing. Apple picking is unhurried and not crowded, at least on our visits. Open 10am-6pm, free admission.
PUMPKIN PATCH PICK
Time to start plotting for those jack-o-lanterns! Where to head? We’ve got more than a few ideas.
10/7: Family Fun Saturdays | Barten Pumpkins, New Prague | 10am-2pm | Family highlights: Take the kids out for free pony rides, hay rides, and caricature drawings. FREE admission. For more places to pick that perfect pumpkin try our Twin Cities Pumpkin Patch Guide.