Posted by Rachel
We have now been to Trax Farms 2 weekends in row and can’t get enough. Yes it is insanely crowded, but it is also so much fun for the kids. I can’t believe it is Oct. 18th and we have all our Halloween decorations up and our pumpkins bought. We are usually those people who are decorating for Halloween, and definitely carving the pumpkin, the day of Halloween. This year I strive to do better. So far so good with the decorations and since Halloween is a Saturday this year I think we will wait until the day of to carve the pumpkin. Nothing like fresh baked pumpkin seeds to munch on while handing out candy. I just hope the weather gets a little warmer for trick or treating.
Anyways, back to our time at Trax Farms…
We went the first weekend of October with our best friends from Kentucky. It is Dave’s college roommate and his family. We spent several hours at Trax Farms with 4 kids in tow. It was great! The kids really liked feeding the animals in the petting zoo. Abby probably could have spent all afternoon in there. She fed a goat a bottle and a miniature horse seeds. Some of those animals are so aggressive when it comes to the food. You have to be careful they don’t knock your kid over getting to the food. I kept having to push several goats and sheep away. They seem to be the most aggressive along with the llamas, but more on the llamas later. After feeding the animals we made our way over to the pumpkins and the food area. Too many good smelling choices. Lots of local favorites…kettle corn, pulled pork sandwiches, funnel cake, and much much more. It was hard to chose what to eat, but we all found something we liked to munch on. It was way too cold to eat outside though, so we made our way inside to one of those tables. It was a mess inside. Of course everyone wanted to be inside so you had to dive at a table the moment anyone stood up. We successfully were able to obtain a table big enough for both our families and then sit down to enjoy our food. After food we went into the store to get apples and the best cider ever. After wrangling the kids to keep them from breaking anything we went over to get the apples. I love how they have samples of all the different kinds of apples. It makes it really easy to figure out what you like and don’t like when you can taste them before hand. We ended up picking out a variety of apples in order to make apple pie (jonagolds, golden delicious, and jonathans). After eating and picking out apples, we headed back outside to get the pumpkins. We picked out 3 small pumpkins to paint and 2 pumpkins to carve (one large and one medium one). I can’t wait to carve them with Abby. This is the first year I think she will really get into it and want to help. It was a great day, though tiring.
We then loved the experience so much we repeated it the next weekend with my mom and sister. My sister works for a school in Rochester, NY so she had Columbus day off. My mom (who is retired) and sister came down for the weekend of Oct. 10th. We again waited until Sunday to travel to Trax Farms. I think it is a little less crowded on Sundays especially if you get there right when it opens at 10am (animals don’t arrive until 11am). Since the animals weren’t there when we arrived, we were able to get Abby to try other activities they have at Trax. We went into the corn bin. It is pretty much a giant sandbox, but instead of sand it had dried corn kernels. Abby made corn angels and just love touching it and walking through it. She even took her shoes off to feel the corn more on her feet. I think we spent about 20 minutes in there. It cost a $1.00 per kid, but they give you a stamp so you can come back in anytime during the day. They also had a hay jump, tricycle course, bungee jump, rock climbing wall, and couple of the blow up bouncy things and a blow up slide. After playing in the corn bin we got in line to ride the little train. They have a small train with about 6 cars on it for the kids to ride. They also have a hay ride for the whole family. Abby patiently waited in line for her turn to get on. There was a little boy behind us that Abby kept looking at. Every time she would look at him he would shake his head no. Abby would then turn to me and say, “he said no.” I asked her what he was saying no to and she said that he was saying no she couldn’t ride the train. I assured her she would get a turn. As we got closer Abby decided she wanted to ride in the red car. Luckily when it was our turn the other people ahead of us picked other color cars. Abby got to ride in her red car. She looked like she had so much fun. We again had lunch there, purchased more apples and cider and got 2 more little pumpkins. Abby saw white pumpkins and was so fascinated by them we bought 2 very small ones for her. She ended up taking one to school this past Friday in her treasure box to share with her friends. Another great weekend!