So, listen. I tell you guys pretty much everything when it comes to fun stuff to do with your kids. I'm going to tell you about Great Country Farms because I told them I would and they gave me giveaway tickets.
But I don't want to, because I want it to be all mine.
I have never left a pumpkin patch/farm feeling peaceful and relaxed. In fact, I usually leave mumbling to myself "one...two...three...one...two..three" from hours of compulsively counting my children because I'm sure they're going to get lost in the throngs of people. When we went to Great Country Farms this week, I didn't have that feeling at all. Peaceful, open, and very "farm" (as opposed to being very "attraction") we went on a Tuesday and were among a handful of people. That morning there'd been a few schools and groups that came through, but by lunchtime when we arrived, most of them were leaving and we had the run of the farm with just a few other families.
This is a giant play area full of corn kernels. Your kids will come out covered in cornstarch, but very happy. We spent several hours on the farm and enjoyed some hot cider on our way out. They also sell cold cider, local sodas, and ice cream in their store.
In addition to everything mentioned here, there are tons and tons of play structures, a cow train ($2) and the farm also hosts a CSA, or community supported agriculture program. We really enjoyed this farm, and I would definitely go again. It's a bit of a drive, about an hour and a half from Woodbridge, but you could easily spend an entire day there. While the farm is open for fall and features pumpkins and a corn maze, they're also open year round and have fun events for each season. Admission is $10 per child and $12 per adult. There's a restaurant that's open on weekends, or ample picnic table space for those who want to pack. This is definitely a "highly recommend" in my book- even if it's not in Prince William County!
Want to enjoy your own idyllic day at Great Country Farms? Enter by leaving a comment on this post! Don't forget to include your email address so I can get in touch with you! This contest closes on Monday, October 22, 2012. Good luck!
PS- Great County Farms provided our family with comp tickets to come and review their farm. All opinions are my own, and we really did have a fantastic time. Just ask my husband who slept in an adirondack chair all afternoon.