Master Guide to Fall Family Fun in Ann Arbor and the Detroit Metro Area
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A family-owned farm that offers family events throughout the summer and fall, including pumpkin and apple picking, pick your own strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, along with many other fruits in the market. Fall weekends have train rides, hay rides, inflatables, face painting, children's play ground, farm animals, and cider and donuts. Winery with wine tastings for adults! Fun for all ages!
Farmer Charleys Kackleberry Farm
Farmer Charley’s Kackleberry Farm is a real working farm that's open in the fall for old-fashioned family entertainment events and attractions that are fun for kids from ages 2 to 92! Experience three (!) different corn mazes, take a nostalgic tractor-drawn hayride, board the bumpy Barrel Train, hop on the massive Corn Popperjumping pillow, try your hand at steer roping, take in the squeal-tastic pig races, and don't forget Nana's Pumpkin Patch - where you can fire off the Chick-A-Bunga Pumpkin Cannon and pick your own pumpkin straight from the vine! Farmer Charley's Kackleberry Farm is a great place for families to learn and play - and create special memories!
Fall means harvest season, and it brings out the best in our area farms. It's awonderful, low-cost way to get outside in the fresh air, and get active with your families.
Each farm is different -- it brings its own flavor to the experience. Browse our big list of local farms that offer fall activities, and see which new ones you want to try this season!
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
One great way to get your kids to eat more fruit -- and introduce them to the subtleties of sweet/tangy tastes -- is by taking them apple picking to a local orchard. This link has places to go and things to do for a day in the orchard all around the Ann Arbor - Detroit area.
Corn mazes can be easy or hard, and some are even offered at night! Which farms have corn mazes? Here's a quick way to find them in our area.
HALLOWEEN EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Fun or scary: You take your pick! It's easy to evaluate all of your options with the KidsOutAndAbout.com big list of Halloween events and activities. This includes the scary stuff that my kids will probably not venture into until they're too cynical to enjoy it, and the wonderful gentle trick-or-treat parties that the towns, museums, and farms provide. (The number of fun stuff outweighs the scary activities by a margin, but there's something for everyone.) We tag each activity as being either scary or fun (or both) so you know exactly what you're getting into!
Buy your fall pumpkins at a boring old grocery store? Not when you can head to a farm or roadside stand and pick the perfect pumpkin for a less money and more fun! Here is KidsOutAndAbout's list of places to pick pumpkins in our area.