Patterson’s Fruit Farm Family Fest

Saturday morning the hubby was working, so the toddler and I made the trek out to Patterson’s Fruit Farm in Chesterland to meet up with some friends of ours and their 2 1/2 year old little girl.  It was my friend’s idea to go out there for the Family Fun Fest, and it turned out to be a great idea.    It cost $6 in all for me and the toddler to get in.    From there, you ride on a wagon pulled by a tractor back to the activities area.   There was a huge play area with bales of hay for climbing and slides and tire swings.  From there if you continued to walk, you discovered many more large slides and little playhouses interspersed within the woods.  Between the woods and a large corn maze, there was a clearing that had a large sandbox with more trucks and tractors, some ride-on tractors plus more slides.   Once we headed down into the woods and were able to finally pull the toddlers away from the various slides, we took a short hike through the woods that both toddlers succcessfully and joyfully navigated on their own with parents in tow.   After about two hours of activity, we decided to settle down for lunch.   One warning, the picnic area is in the midst of all of this activity, providing much distraction away from mealtime.   It was a bit of a challenge to get them to eat, but with much perseverance, and not getting any time to seat and eat my own meal, we managed to get the toddlers fed and off and running again.

There was also a nice little snack bar there offering chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, coffee, pop, apple cider, etc.   While we packed a picnic lunch, you could certainly purchase lunch there, though I think it’s only open on weekends.  Another nice things was large containers full of fresh apples that you were free to snack on at no charge.  I was pleasantly surprised when my toddler started to snack on one!

One warning, the only bathrooms we saw were porta-potties, so I had to change the toddler’s diaper on a changing pad in a strategically placed piece of ground behind a bench to allow for some privacy.   It was fine, but just a warning.  Advice is to pack some Purell and a changing pad.   Also, make sure you go to the correct location, I accidentally drove to the Farmer’s Market first, then realized and had to drive another 5-10 minutes to get to the location of the actual farm on Mulberry Road.

All in all, it was totally worth the 1/2 hour drive.   We all had a great time and the kids were pretty worn out by the time we left.

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