(A mama that may get a little too excited about her costume every year)
Merchants and merry makers, acrobats and arrows, dragons and daredevils, faeries and fun - there is so much to see and do at King Richard's Faire! During the glorious weather last weekend, my family piled into the car and made the drive (less than an hour from the Lower Cape) to Carver to spend the day feasting, exploring, eating, drinking, cheering, jeering, and having an amazing time in the kingdom of Carvershire.
There is an amazing array of vendors selling unique, handmade items that can rarely be found outside of a Renaissance Faire. So many fantastic choices can be overwhelming so before we even leave the car in the parking lot we go over our limits with the girls. Every year they are able to choose one souvenir (often they wait to pick at the very end of the day after seeing so many choices) and three rides/games each. This ensures that we have a good time while staying budget conscious, we've found that giving the girls these very clear guidelines before we even enter and then reminding them throughout our visit really cut down on the whining and asking for more, more, more. Though we do ALWAYS want more when we are there, it truly feels like we are in another world.
There are so many fun rides and games to participate in. They all work only by man-power and gravity and are often historically accurate. It's fun to see the creativity that was used to build exciting, fun rides even so many centuries ago!
The performers were amazing and the jousts exciting! This year my big girl got the chance to make music with two of the performers. It made her whole day! The entire cast does a fantastic job of interacting with visitors and bringing them into this alternative reality. It's clear why our visits fuel my children's imagination throughout the year and they wait with anticipation for our yearly visit!
This year we ran into friends at the Faire and the first thing my little one said was "I wish we could live at the Faire!" I love that they enjoy it so much and allow themselves to slip into this land of make believe. Growing up in a small town which is fairly homogeneous, I feel like it's really important to bring my kiddos to many different types of places, with many different types of people so that they will grow up knowing that there is a place for everyone. Even if you feel like you don't fit in where you are at the moment, just knowing that there is someplace out there where there are people like you can get you through trying times. For me that is the true magic of the Faire!
This weekend, October 22nd and October 23rd, are the final weekend of this year's King Richard's Faire. I hope you go and enjoy it before the Faire closes its gates for the 2016 season. Go forth and be merry mamas!
Fall Harvest Pick Your Own Apples & Pumpkins!
Fall is my favorite time of year and it starts this week! As the temperature cools off and the leaves begin to drop, I get excited about picking apples, pumpkins and other fall harvests. I start planning all my fun meals that I can incorporate all the delicious foods in. I get my camera ready to take lots of fun family photos for when we go exploring the fields together, picking just the perfect pumpkin or the shiniest apple. I also love the opportunity to engage in some fun, simple, low cost family activities that will leave lasting memories with my children.
Below we have compiled a list of apple and/or pumpkin picking farms which have been recommended to us by other Cape Cod Moms as well as a few places where you can just enjoy some fall fun. Some are on Cape Cod, some are close and some require some driving. Do you have any other spots that you recommend that we may have missed? Let us know by leaving a comment and we will be sure to add it to the list for other families to enjoy!
Belkin Family Lookout Farm
89 Pleasant St S, Natick, MA
Open daily from 10am-5pm
Train rides, farm animals, children’s caterpillar rides, moon bounce, farm maze, and more! Saturdays and Sundays also include live children’s entertainment, hayrides, children’s face painting, and BBQ snack bar. Admission Mon-Fri: $9/person, children under 2 are free. Admission Sat, Sun, Labor Day and Columbus Day Monday: Adults-$15, Children under 12-$13, Children under 2 are free. Check their website to see what apple varieties are ready to pick.
Carver Hill Orchard
101 Brookside Avenue, Stow, MA
Open most days 10am-5pm. Check Facebook page for updated hours before visiting.
277 Hatchville Rd. East Falmouth, MA
Open Sun-Sat 9-5pm
Pick your own pumpkins and other delicious vegetables as well as wild flowers. Enjoy the new updated children's area and the animals. No apple orchards.
C.N. Smith Farm
325 South St, East Bridgewater, MA
PYO apples starting Labor Day Weekend, September 3-5, 9am-4pm, weather permitting. Mon, Tues – ORCHARD CLOSED, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 10am-4pm, Sat, Sun: 9am-4pm. Orchard is open Monday of Labor Day and Columbus Day Weekends. Cider donuts available on the weekends through November 22-23. Visit the farm animals while you’re there!
30 Valley Rd, Danvers, MA
Open daily from 8am-6pm
7 acre Corn Maze, Apple Picking, Barnyard Animals, Barnyard Twister, Black Mamba, Campfires, Corn box, Corn Hole, Corn Tunnel, Cornball, Cow milking, Cow Train, Corn cannon, Sling shots, Pumpkin blaster, Duck Races, Face Painting, Gemstone Mining, Giant Rocking Chair, Giant Tires, Grain Train, Hay jump and slides, Hay Mini maze, Hayrides, Horse Swings, Jumping Pillows, Lincoln logs, Live entertainment (scheduled shows), Mechanical bull, Mini Tractors, Pedal Carts, Pig Races (scheduled show), Pipe Slide, Hop Along Rodeo, Pumpkin bowling, Pumpkin checkers, Pumpkin Chucker (scheduled shows), Pumpkin Picking, Pumpkin Tetherball, Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe, Rat Rollers, Ring the Bell, Sand Box, Steer Roping, Spider Web and Trikes & more. Some attractions available on weekends only. Call ahead for picking conditions.
192 MA-6A, Sandwich, MA 02563
Starting on Sunday Sep. 25 from 11 to 4pm. There will be Mac's Cortlands and Macouns available. The price will be the same as last year 23 dollars for a peck and 45 dollars for a half bushel. This year they will also have pumpkins to pick. The tractors will be ready behind the stand.
Honey Pot Orchards
138 Sudbury Rd, Stow, MA
Open daily for pick-your-own daily from 9:30am-5pm
Visit the farm animals, try three different hedge mazes, and go on a hayride (weekends only from 10:30am-4pm)
95 Farwell Rd, Tyngsboro, MA
Feed and pet the animals at Annie’s Animal Barns, Play in the (free) Hay Play Area, and drive on Farmer Mark’s Tractor Training Course.
143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA
Pick-your-own hours 9am-5pm
Visit the Barnyard Animals. Wine tastings every Friday-Sunday from 12-6pm.
934 Main St. Acushnet, MA 02743
No apple or pumpkin picking but they do give a free sugar pumpkin with admission. 2016 Harvest Festival beginning September 24, 2016 and continuing through October 2016! Horse or Tractor Drawn Hayrides, Mother Goose Storytime, Face Painting and much much more! Keep watching for ticket sales and discounts as they become available and if you have any questions shoot them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
315 S Bradford St, North Andover, MA
Apple picking opens on Labor Day weekend. Open Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Weekend PYO Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, weekday PYO Hours: 9am-4pm. Fall Festival Time every weekend in September & October – Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Hay Rides, Amusement Area, Farm Animals, Apple Cider Donuts, Candy Apples & more.
Tougas Family Farm
234 Ball Street, Northboro MA
Open Labor Day Weekend (Sunday and Monday) from 10am-5pm. September and October Fall Hours – Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays except Labor Day and Columbus Day Monday (closed the Tuesdays after). Barnyard, playground, farm kitchen.
Where is your favorite farm to go for apple picking
Cape Cod Moms