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Autumn Activities for the Whole Family

Fall is officially here and school is back in session!  One of the best things about fall are the many outdoor activities available to celebrate the season.  At Sunshine Preschool & Infant Care our months of October and November are always packed full of activities such as hayrides, pumpkin picking, healthy feasts, and costume filled parades. 

Outside of school there are many local events that parents can do with their children to help celebrate the season.

Many local farms offer pick your own options where families can take a hayride together, pick some apples, pumpkins, or other produce, and often times also be able to see farm animals.

  • English Farm right next door to the preschool is open for visitors. 
    Check out the market where you can purchase fresh produce, eggs, and fall decorations. 
    Stroll around the farm to see the animals, try the corn maze, or take a weekend hayride to the pumpkin patch. 
    http://www.englishfarm.org/
  • Hillview Farms in Gillette offers families apple and pumpkin picking opportunities in the month of October. 
    Hayrides to the apple and pumpkin fields are provided free of charge every Saturday from 9:00am-5:00pm.
    http://hillviewfarmnj.com/
  • Ripple Hill Farm in Basking Ridge
    http://www.ripplehillfarm.com/
  • Wightmans Farms in Morristown
    http://www.wightmansfarms.com/

    Along with the ongoing farm activities there are a number of local events geared towards families with young children.  Many of them are free or cheap as well.
  • Snyder Farm Fall Festival
    Sept 27th – Oct 25th on the Weekends from 11am-6pm
    Hayrides, corn maze, food, facepainting.
    $10 per person, children under 2 are free
    http://www.snyders-farm.com/fall-festival
  • The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival
    Sunday Oct 5th 10:30am-4:30pm
    Return to the past and experience daily colonial life and craft industry at this annual festival. 
    Children of all ages will enjoy hayrides, clay crafts, stenciling, tin piercing, and colonial games.
    Snacks, lunch, and cold drinks are available.
    Suggested donation: $5 per person
  • Dewy Meadows Day
    Saturday Oct 11th from 11am-3pm
    The Merchants Association of Dewy Meadow Village invites you to attend Dewy Meadow Day Basking Ridge.
    Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and participate in a Costume Parade, as well as complimentary pony rides, petting zoo, face painting and much more!
    Free! 
  • By the Ligh of the Moon
    Friday, Oct 17th 6:30pm-9:00pm
    Environmental Education Center
    Listen for animal sounds. Make sparks fly. Hone your night vision and more as you traverse the swampy trails with a Naturalist beneath the stars.
    Indoor activities may include live critters, face painting, and more! Cookies and cider top off the night.
    Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. We recommend wearing your boots and leaving your stroller at home due to wet, dark, and uneven terrain.
    $6 per person
    http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/parksFacilities/eec/ParkFeatures.html
  • Brick Fair for Lego enthusiasts
    November 1st & 2nd from 11am-4pm
    Pre-purchase tickets, children under 3 are free
    www.brickfair.com
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