It is that time of year again. The kids are all back in school, the pools have closed and the air is turning cooler and daylight hours are shorter. There is no better time than enjoying fall festivals and fall activities. With Halloween right around the corner, there are a ton of kid’s activities in the Dayton area. Here is a listing of Dayton’s favorite events that the kids will rave about.
Windmill Farm Market
1454 E. St. Rt. 73
Springboro, OH 45066
Cost: Hayride admission: $6.95 (without pumpkin)
$9.95 (with pumpkin)
Other farm fun: Free
Windmill Farm Market is a place to build and carryout family traditions. 2013 Spooktacular Festival kicks off on September 21st and continues through October 27th. Bring the little ones for an unforgettable day of fun. Spooktacular features kid friendly haunted hayrides through spooky hollow and the twists and turns of the dense words in a beautiful ride to the pumpkin patch. Kids get to choose their own pumpkin before completing the journey back to the farm. If the hayride is not in the cards, there is still plenty to enjoy at this farm. Enjoy live animals such as Scotty the bull, P.J. the horse, Joy the donkey, goats, a peacock, chickens and ducks. Feel confident letting the kids run from playground to playground while cooking lunch on one of the many grills available on the weekends. Enjoy the market that offers a wonderful gift shop with Halloween decorations and fresh baked goods and produce. Fun is guaranteed at the farm.
Young’s Jersey Dairy
6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Cost: Cowvin’s Corny Maze $5 (5 yrs. and older)
Free (4 yrs. and younger)
Haunted Hayrides $10 (5 yrs. and older)
$4 (4 yrs. and younger)
Fall Farm Festival Free
Young’s Jersey Dairy is always a family fun place, especially during the fall. The Dairy comes alive with three spectacular events for the ghoulish season. Already in the works, enjoy an afternoon lost in the Cowvin’s Corny Maze as the kids wind their way through corners, dead-ends and long stretches of cornfields covering over 150,000 square feet and finding their way to victory on this mile path. The corn maze closes before dark.
In following with the Halloween tradition, Young’s offers haunted hayrides and spooky storytelling in the month of October. This family friendly hayride is sure to scare any little one and maybe even an adult or two. During the ride through a dark, dense cornfield goblins, ghosts and other will jump out (but no touching, grabbing or anything like that) of nowhere. A man with a chainsaw (no chains attached) could come out of all nooks and crannies. Halfway through the rides, visitors will be met by professional storytellers to further enhance the Halloween experience before continuing back to the comforts of the farm.
To bring the whole witchy season together, Young’s Jersey Dairy offers the Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival the weekend of October 5th-6th. It is the area’s most popular family festival that brings hundreds to enjoy their delicious homemade ice cream, farm grown pumpkins, and more. Enjoy a day experiencing everything the farm offers on a daily basis including a day full of special events such as; cow milking demonstrations, caramel apple making, pumpkin painting and carving demonstrations. After spending the day enjoying everything, relax with a haunted hayride or stroll through the corn maze to get the full fall fun experience.
4845 Fenner Rd.
Troy, OH 45373
Cost: $10 (13 yrs. and older)
$7 (3 yrs. to 12 yrs.)
Free (2 yrs. and younger)
Home of the “Sam” the Giraffe, camel rides and Joey the Kangaroo, Idel-Hour Ranch is a twist from the norm. Spend the day with exotic animals and enjoy an abnormal hayride being surrounded by more than the cornfield. Feed the giraffe and get an occasional kiss on the lips if you are not careful. Visit the ranch during the weekend of October 26th-27th, their last weekend for the season, and enjoy corn mazes, goat walks, tractor-pulled hay rides, bounce houses, farmer market, gift shop, concessions, refreshments, face paintings.
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