Originally published October 2012.
I spend a majority of my week at work thinking about all the different things that I can do with my family during the weekend. My goal every week is to complete much of my to-do list by Thursday evening, so that on Friday night, when I get home from work, I’m not to be bothered with pesky chores over the weekend. At least, that is my attempt, but my husband will tell you I often don’t make much headway on that list!
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only is it finally cool enough to spend time outside, there are just so many things to do! The State Fair, Pumpkin Village at the Arboretum . . . In fact, our Dallas Moms Guide to Fall Fun could fill my weekends until winter comes (though in Dallas, you never know when that might happen!). My favorite fall family activity is visiting Yesterland Farm in Canton.
I know that Canton isn’t exactly close, but for us it is worth the trip each year. Last year, my husband, daughter, best friend, and her husband all piled into the car to drive about an hour east and spend a day at Yesterland Farm.
They market themselves as a family friendly farm, but even adults without children will enjoy themselves. I’ll admit, when my best friend and I told our husbands where we would be going the first time, they playfully complained and were not that excited about it. Once we arrived though, they had the most fun out of our entire group!
Our first stop was the pig races, where my daughter and I cheered on our favorite piggy, then we headed on over to the petting zoo where baby goats nudged up to get some love. There are also pony and wagon rides, which we didn’t participate in last year because of my daughter’s age, but I am very much looking forward to this year!
After the petting zoo, we gave the boys a chance to get a little competitive. There’s a pumpkin launcher where you aim pumpkins in a massive sling shot towards a pond and try to make it in the goal — a floating tire. And there’s a corn cannon; they took turns shooting corn on the cob out of a missile in attempt to hit that goal as well. Last year, out of all the adults, only one was successful with the corn cannon, so I know that this year’s competition will be taken very seriously.
After that, we stopped to get a snack — they have old-fashioned soda with yummy flavors like traditional root beer or strawberry creme. They also offer freshly squeezed lemonade, though I suggest asking for half the amount of sugar, otherwise it is on the very sweet side. They also serve my all-time favorite fall food: roasted corn on the cob.
There are so many other things to do: duck races, scarecrow dressing, playing in teepees, and rides (another thing we are really excited about this year now that my daughter is older!).
The BEST thing at Yesterland Farm though, in my opinion, is the corn maze. I had never been through a real one, and this one really does have twist and turns that lead you to nowhere. We had a ton of fun splitting up girls vs. boys, and ultimately, we ended up at the exit at the same time (even though we let the competitive boys think they won).
There are lots of great areas to take family pictures. And don’t forget to pick up a pumpkin while you are there; they have all sizes from small to huge. There were several last year that were so large I wouldn’t have been able to put them into my trunk!
We really did have a blast at Yesterland Farm and have been looking forward to this year’s trip pretty much since last year. Even though it’s a drive to get there, we had so much fun and as an added bonus: my daughter will play so hard that a long nap time is pretty much guaranteed!
Dallas Moms did not receive anything from Yesterland Farm for this review. I just really, really love the place and wanted to share it with you!
This sounds so cool, and I have never even heard of it before! All I will have to do is mention the words – pumpkin launcher and corn missile and my husband will be ALL over it!! Thanks for the info – can’t wait to try it!
This sounds so fun!! I was planning on going to the Flower Mound pumpkin patch (which is also a far drive from where I live), but this sounds like it has way more. Have you been to the Flower Mound pumpkin patch?