Tulip Field Tradition

Every year my kids and I head up to the Mt Vernon to take our annual picture in front of the tulips.

Did you know? Tulips are one of the only flowers that continue to grow after you cut the stem.


Tulip Town or Roozengaarde


Tulip Town and Roozengaarde are both great locations to see the blooms but here are a couple of differences:

Roozengaarde:

  • They have a beautiful garden to the left of the entrance. The planning that went into the garden was impressive. Each bed has a gorgeous display of different tulips of early and late bloomers.
  • The food options are delicious with hamburgers/hotdogs and snacks like kettle corn.
  • 2 different stores set them apart from other locations. A specific tulip store with fresh cut and potted flowers.

Tulip Town:

  • As you walk through the gates, there is a wonderful indoor display of different tulip types. If it is raining, this is a wonderful option for kids.

  • Similar to Roozengaarde, they have a beautiful garden to visit. Their flowers are fenced off to protect them from the grabby kiddos.
  • The fields aren’t fenced off and have a tractor that will take you around the exterior. Great hay ride for the kids.

Both locations are great options for that annual picture in front of the colorful tulip fields.

Bob’s Corn Maze

Bob’s corn And pumpkin farm in Snohomish, Washington has a great program for school field trips. It is educational and fun. The class goes on a private hay ride followed by an educational lesson about what minerals the pumpkins need to be healthly and fruitful.

As part of the tour, each child gets to participate in the following:

• Kids Corn Maze

• Tractor Pulled Hayride

• Super Slide

• Corn Crib

• A Gourd and Small Pumpkin for Each Child

• One Large Class Pumpkin

• “What Veggies Eats” science on the farm class

• Access to Playground and Trike Track

Click here to learn more about their program.

After the lesson, we went to the corn maze that includes an cute story about Jack and the bean stock. We walked through the maze and found a different page of the story as we went along.

Then we went in the barn to play in the corn crib (a stall full of dried corn) and hay bails. My youngest loved watching the big kids play chase.

Lastly we stopped by the cow train and the big kids took a tour around the barns in their little cow carts. So much fun.

Spooktacular Halloween Party

We went to a farm this afternoon that was celebrating Halloween with crafts, games and pony rides called In Stride Equestrian Park. My daughters love ponies thus we spent most of our time in the pony ride line.

Did you know? The difference between a pony and horse is height. Horse are taller than 4foot 10 inches tall and ponies less than. Also, they have different bone structures, muscles and overall body proportions.

Once we rode the ponies at least 3 times each, we moved on to visit the other animals and participate in some of the games. The farm had pigs they could feed and a large rabbit that my youngest daughter would not leave until she got to see up close.

Both the kids got their face painted too. I was surprised how still my youngest held her head. She was very determined to have a cute pink pony painted on her face. My oldest daughter had flowers painted on her cheek.

The games offered were cake walk (like musical chairs but you walk on numbers while the music plays then stop and win a different treat based on the number you are on) and pumpkin toss into different tubs. What was wonderful about the party is that everyone was winning prizes.

If you are looking for more Halloween themed games for kids, check out LollyJane. They have a list of 17 different fun game ideas. ‘Pin the spider on the web’ is my favorite on the list.

Agriculture – At Bailey’s Farm

Day 3 is the 4H challenge is visiting a farm to harvest vegetables or see the animals.

Review

For those of you just joining us. 4H has a 30 day challenge to ‘inspire kids to do’ for the month of September. Those who participate and share their experience with 4H.org have the opportunity to win a scholarship of $10,000. Check it out here.

You may be thinking her daughter is only 5 years old. Yeah I agree but it is never too early to try. Plus I love these type of challenges. Feeling the nudge to do some educational activities with my kiddos. It motivates me to be a better mom. That is a win in my book. Hopefully my kid’s too.

The Activity

Near our home is the Snohomish Valley with lots of farmland. We visit many u-pick farms during the summer from strawberries to blueberries to vegetables, like corn and potatoes. It is great experience because going to the farm can potential cost you nothing. However, we never walk away without no bucket of veggies or berries.

Bailey’s Farm is my go to u-pick this summer. It is located in Snohomish and offers lots of vegetables and fruit options. Strawberries in June, raspberries in July, vegetables in August and corn in September. Oh and of course pumpkins in October.

Here we are harvesting potatoes from the ground. Fun activity to get your hands dirty.

Did you know? Potatoes are part of the nightshade family which people did not eat before the 1800s. People thought they were toxic. Now, millions of people eat potatoes everyday at McDonalds. Funny how things change due to what you know.

Everyone has their buckets ready to get the potatoes. There are red and white varieties to choose from.

The u-pick is open from 8am-6pm daily. Check out their website to see what is available for harvest now. baileyveg.com

Once you dig up the potato plant, you just pick the potatoes from the root. Bailey’s had a washing station. I recommend washing everything and removing unwanted leaving because you pay pre pound. They are a better price than the store but not by much due to grocery stores’ sales. I will say though picking the food fresh makes to last much longer than going to the store. I’ve been storing them in a dark cool place for a couple weeks and still good.

We noticed that the white potatoes had white flowers and red potatoes had red-purplish flowers. Interesting.

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