If Linus ever comes to San Diego, he will surely wait for the Great Pumpkin at Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center. Destiny, Jared and I just returned from the hottest preschool field trip I have ever experienced! Despite temperatures over 100 degrees, the Smith family had a great time at Bates Nut Farm.
Our preschool purchased a package, also available to the public, that included tractor pulled hay ride, a hay bale maze, an informative presentation about pumpkins with lots of audience participation, and the privilege of picking one medium sized pumpkin from the patch. The kids also visited with farm animals in pens including geese, llamas, and sheep. The pens were surrounded with plenty of dried corn, that the kids enjoyed gathering and feeding to their new friends. Larger amounts of corn can also be purchased from the well stocked gift shop.
Two other very fun, but pricey, activities offered were a baby animal petting zoo and pony rides. These activies were $6.00 each. Since I had already shelled out over $16 to visit, I decided to pass. I would recommend deciding whether or not you plan to fund these activities before your visit, and warning your kids ahead of time if this is not on your agenda.
Bates Nut Farm has lots of special family activities planned this Fall. This Saturday, it is sponsoring a scarecrow contest. Every entry gets a free jack o’ lantern pumpkin. There will also be a pumpkin festival and craft fair Oct 4-5. Other fun events that Bates Nut Farm has planned are a costume contest on October 25th and a doggy costume contest on Oct. 26th.
Bates Nut farm has been a tradition in our family since before we moved to San Diego. I’m looking forward to returning next year. Perhaps we’ll build a scarecrow.
P.S. I couldn’t resist posting this picture of Destiny…too cute!