Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
Turn your living room into a campsite by building a pillow fort. Children will be crawling in and out, bending, lifting, and having a great time. Despite how it may look, it’s not difficult to clean up afterward.
Play a game of coin critters. Take coins from your pocket or purse, lay them out on a piece of paper, and have your child draw arms, legs, and other body parts to create a creature. Help her total up the value of the coins and write it beside the creature. Add or take away coins to form new shapes and figure out the new sums.
Help the kids learn about their family roots. They can interview you, their parents and other family members to hear the names and stories of people who’ve helped make them who they are today. Filling in the names on the family tree branches can keep their interest long after snowmen have melted and winter is gone.
Discover the science behind melting and cooling chocolate in the “tempering” process as you create scrumptious treats. Dark chocolate (in moderation, of course!) is actually good for you.
Scarecrow Festival Sep 17 & 18 . A weekend full of fall family fun- Scarecrow-Making Workshops, live entertainment and pumpkin pie eating contests and more. Peddler’s Village Rtes 202 and 263, Lahaska, PA 18931. Free. Peddlersvillage.com/festivals/scarecrow-festival
Pottstown Honey Festival Sep 24. Annual Honey Festival event with demonstrations by bee keepers and Penn State Extension Horticulture. Honey tasting, activities for children and more. Cedarville United Methodist Church, 1092 Laurelwood Road, Pottstown 19465. Free 10am-2pm.
Apple Butter Frolic. October 1, 2015 Celebrate 42 years of the Apple Butter Frolic on Saturday, October 1, in Harleysville. The Pennsylvania Dutch culinary tradition features food, family-friendly activities, arts and crafts, horse and buggy rides and farming demonstrations. Some enticing fare to expect: homemade chicken pot pie, ground cherry pie and funnel cake. 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. Free. mhep.org/apple-butter-frolic/
Gingerbread Competition & Display Nov 18 - Jan 2 Gingerbread Competition and Display, cash prizes in categories ranging from traditional to authentic reproduction of a significant building. Display Times: Monday to Saturday 10 am - 9 pm Sunday 11 am - 7 pm. peddlersvillage.com/festivals/gingerbread-competition-display
Solebury Orchards, Solebury. Quaint and simple, the orchard offers a simple picking experience. Wagon rides to the orchard. Thurs to Sun 9 am-6 pm. Soleburyorchards.com
Snipes Farm, Morrisville. Pick your own apples, a corn maze, face painting and pumpkin painting and barnyard animals. Starting late September to early November. Sat 9 am-6 pm & Sun 10 am - 5 pm.
Solly Farm, Ivyland. Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins every Sat and Sun from 9 am - 5 pm. Scarecrows of American History, hayrides begin on Sat. Sept. 24 and runs every weekend from 10 am -4 pm. Sollyfarm.com Styer Orchard, Langhorne. Find Cortland, Empire, Jonathan, Early Delicious, Gala and Red Delicious apples. 9 am - 5 pm. Styerorchard.com
Tabora Farm and Orchard, Chalfont. Apple Festival Oct 1 & 2, 10 am - 5 pm. Macintosh, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Cortland, Macoun, Gingergold and Gala available for picking. Crafts, animal feedings, wagon rides and live music. Tabora.farm
Apple Festival. Nov 5 & 6. Enjoy apple treats and take home a bushel fresh from the orchard! Artisans, live entertainment, food, children’s activities and apple pie-eating contests both days. Sat & Sun 10 am - 6 pm, Peddler’s Village, Peddlersvillage.com/festivals/apple-festival
Active Acres Farm, Throughout Oct., 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. For $10, take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkin (it’s just $5 for any size!), then visit the corn maze, or take a pony ride. After dark Haunted Hayride, Field of Fright and Haunted House with a cemetery and walk through crypt. 881 Highland Rd. Newtown, PA, iveacresfarm.com
Hellerick’s Family Farm, more than sixty varieties of pick-your-own pumpkins, squash and gourds, plus tons of recipes on website. In late Sep and Oct, Pumpkin Festival offes hayrides, pumpkin rolling, rubber ducky races, a potato slingshot and a 5-acre corn maze. This year, Hellerick’s has also added nighttime Harvest Moon Hayrides on Fri and Sat, with a flashlight trek through the corn maze and campfire. 5500 Easton Rd. Doylestown. Hellericksfarm.com. Daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Shady Brook Farm. From pumpkin-picking and hayrides to monster truck rides and corn cannons, PumpkinFest runs from mid-September through October, including “not too scary,” After Dark activities similar to the daytime; inflatable amusements, the Barn of Horror, Jr. and Alien Encounter 3-D. 931 Stony Hill Rd. Yardley Shadybrookfarm.com Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Elmwood Park Zoo Harvest Fest Norristown’s Elmwood Park Zoo hosts its annual Harvest Fest, featuring games, activities, live performances and much more. The fest is free with zoo admission in Oct 30 (select dates), 1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown 19401. Elmwoodparkzoo.org, 800.652.4143
Varner Farms Horse wagon rides, tractor wagon rides, pumpkin painting and scarecrow making await visitors at Collegeville’s Varner Farms this fall culminating Halloween night, when children can participate in 20 activities and receive candy with each. Through October 30. 746 S Trappe Rd, Collegeville 19426. 610-489-8878 varnerfarms.net
Merrmead Farm. Fall Harvest Day Weekends 2016 in October. Activities Include Scenic Tractor Hayrides Around the Farm, Wagon Rides for Children, 700 Ft. cornstalk Tunnel, children’s games, pumpkin painting, face painting, inflatable’s, animals, cornfield maze, and more. Cash only. 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Sundays: 12:00PM to 5:00 PM. 2222 Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, 19446. 610-584-4410. Merrymead.com