There’s your standard fall festival… and then there’s Fall on the Farm at Blooms and Berries. Year after year, Blooms and Berries offers one of the most enjoyable fall farm experiences around. There are games and activities, adorable animals, two straw mazes, hayrides, pumpkin patches and irresistible homemade treats. All on the most picturesque, family-run farm in Cincinnati.
This was our fourth year going to Fall on the Farm at Blooms and Berries – and it’s one of our family’s very favorite traditions. Each year, my kids enjoy the farm in a new way; this year, my oldest led us through the corn maze, reading all the signs all by himself. Fall on the Farm runs daily through October 31, and you need to plan a day at this wonderful fall festival.
Here are 10 reasons your family will love Fall on the Farm at Blooms and Berries:
1. The Giant Slide
This slide is epic, as my kids would say. Two stories tall and ridiculously fast! The farm’s play area is one of the best in town, and this slide is the main event. (It’s also big enough for a parent to go down with a younger kiddo, for those brave parents.)
2. There are two corn mazes
While Blooms and Berries offers a full-sized 7 acre corn maze ready that’s great for older kids, there is also a smaller, 15-minute maze that’s perfect for little kids. (As a parent of younger kids, this is key!) My kids enjoyed finding all hoofed animals and punching their cards at each station. I hear the full-sized maze features a game of deduction (think: Clue) where you find 7 stations to deduce the answer to the Mysterious Animal Escapades, and I can’t wait to try this larger one with my kids – probably sooner than I think!
3. The “I-Spy Woods”
What a fun idea — Blooms and Berries offers a tractor-pulled hayride though its grounds, and kids can play I-Spy with various markers posted throughout. The ride was gorgeous and our driver was absolutely delightful, cracking jokes and making my kids laugh. (The staff at Blooms and Berries is second to none; everyone is just so friendly and welcoming.)
4. Friendly farm animals
The barnyard at Blooms and Berries is by far the best we’ve been to. The animals are spread out across the grounds in large, very clean and well-kept pens. There are signs on each of the pens with fun facts and information about each animal: cows, sheep, goats, bunnies, geese, turkeys, chickens and donkeys. All of the animals are very friendly, and my kids really enjoy feeding the goats. (Bring change for the feed machine!)
5. Two words: corn box
Did you know about the corn box? This seasonal favorite is a super popular, clean way to have tons of fun! It’s exactly what it sounds like: a huge, raised bed filled with corn kernels. It’s every toddler’s dreams come true. (For kids who like to dig, check out the digger area – it’s near the animals and features sand diggers and big trucks!)
6. Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins
As soon as you enter Blooms & Berries, you’ll be greeted by piles of the most perfectly round and vibrantly orange pumpkins you’ve ever seen. The are ghost pumpkins, gigantic gourds, ugly pumpkins and tiny pumpkins – you’ll want to grab a wheelbarrow! There’s also a tiny pumpkin patch for toddlers, and the option to take a hayride out to pick-your-own pumpkin. (Take the hayride — it was so much fun!)
7. There’s a cow train!
It’s bumpy, it’s bouncy – and it’s a must! The cow train is adorable and really fun for the preschool/elementary crowd. Kids ride in named cow cars that are pulled by a classic farm tractor — and these cows bump up and down during the ride, which kids will find very amusing. Each cow can hold two kids or an adult and toddler, so it’s great for the whole family.
8. Homemade treats
Fall, I’ll see your pumpkin-spice everything and raise you a hand-dipped caramel apple. Blooms and Berries uses locally grown apples and makes their caramel from scratch. Just trust me on this one — this caramel deliciousness is the best fall treat! If caramel apples aren’t your thing, then the humongous, homemade chocolate chunk cookies surely will be.
9. Good, old-fashioned fun
My kids are obsessed with the games at Blooms and Berries. These games are proof that kids don’t need a bunch of electronics or gimmicks to have fun. There’s a water pump egg race that’s such a hit with my kids, they need to be coerced into the other areas. And the tug-of-war is hilarious to watch.
10. Family tradition
We first went to Fall on the Farm at Blooms & Berries three years ago, when Harvey was just a baby. Now, he has a baby sister and just started preschool. And Julian and Mary are big, elementary-school students. Revisiting the farm each fall is something we all look forward to. As parents, we know how quickly things change, and traditions are something we can cherish and enjoy, year after year. Blooms and Berries is a very special place for us, where we can simply enjoy each other and the experience.
Fall on the Farm at Blooms and Berries runs daily through October 31 with discounted admission during the week and Toddler Tuesdays. (Unlike many fall festivals, admission includes all games and activities!) If you plan on visiting more than once, consider a Season Pass; for $17/person, you can get unlimited admission all fall long! For more information, visit Blooms and Berries website.