The kids are back in school and the days are getting shorter, so it must mean fall has started! Although it might seem like the fun is over as summer leaves, I always find this the best time to do activities with the kids. If you are searching for something to do before our long winter sets in, there are plenty of options as we get into the fall season, and it all starts with apple picking.
There are lots of places locally that can keep the kids busy that don’t require a huge car ride out to the farm, which, if your family is anything like mine, can be an adventure all on its own. When looking for places locally I always look for a helpful website and social media updates, which let me know how the crops are doing as we get further into September (plus it always helps to see photos and know what to expect).
Here are just a few of the places in the Kitchener-Waterloo area you might want to visit this month, in no particular order:
This small local farm isn’t a big trip away and offers plenty of fall fun with a maze and even a fall festival if you wait to pick your apples in October. They also have other crops available in their store, so one stop for apples can mean a stock up on other local goodies, including apple cider.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
Location: 251 Powerline, Brantford.
This farm is located in St. George, where there are a few apple farms (and even an Applefest at the end of the month), and is just a 30 minute drive from Kitchener. This one in particular offers 39 acres of apples and a fun wagon ride around the orchard. Brantview is also dog friendly, so all the members of your family can visit together (a trip I know my dog loves).
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 am -6 pm and Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
Social: Facebook page
Location: 225 Howell Rd, St. George.
The neighbour to Brantview, this farm offers both apple and pear picking, as well as honey, cider and of course apple pies and treats. This farm is also wheelchair accessible and has a full list of available crops on their site, with pears already started for the season.
Hours: Monday – Sunday 9 am – 7 pm
Social: Facebook page
Location: 235 Howell Rd, St. George.
For a few different options!
This one might be cheating a little bit, but if you want to take the kids somewhere really close, and maybe don’t have the time or the man power to manage a full apple picking experience, this is your place. You will find a farm store full of local apple varieties and all things apple, right next to the orchard. Although you can’t pick here, you can experience the farm, look at the trees and leave with a car full of fall treats.
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 6 pm, Saturday 8 am – 4 pm
Social: Facebook page and Twitter page
5. Chudleigh’s (My favourite!)
This is a huge favourite of our family, but does mean a bit of a further trip out to Milton. It also can be quite busy as Thanksgiving approaches, so an early trip is suggested if you want to avoid big lines. In terms of farm activities there really isn’t anything missed here with the usual tractor rides, but also mazes, slides, a full farm store and even an awesome outdoor bbq.
Hours: Monday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
Location: 9528 Hwy 25, Halton Hills