I got to take a little vacation - staycation - this weekend. The best part of the weekend? Our trip to a somewhat-local farm for their fall festival – Triple B Farms (near Pittsburgh, PA). You may remember that I mentioned the farm and offered a coupon recently.
I was expecting what I had seen at other pumpkin patches and farms – lots of pumpkins to choose from, a maze of some sort, a hay ride, a few things for kids to climb on or have pictures taken in front of, and a little gift shop. I’ll be honest – I was a little turned off by the price of admission ($11 for children and $7 for adults for wristbands that get you into everything – you can purchase tickets for individual events). You know what?
TOTALLY WORTH EVERY PENNY!
We got there later than when we had intended – around 11:30. There were a lot of cars, but we got our wristbands and got in quickly. We were a little hungry but decided to see some sights first. In hindsight, we should have eaten before it got any busier!
Before lunch, we headed over to a kids play area. My boys delighted in climbing on wooden tractor-shaped play structures, zooming down slides, exploring a REAL tractor with the insides exposed, walking on a balance beam, and going through child-sized mazes.
Next we popped to the next enclosed area (BTW – I LOVE that each section is enclosed with a worker at the door way. I felt so much safer with the kids knowing they couldn’t go far.) that had the bounce structures. Both Buggy and Scrunchie had a blast in the bounce house for kids 5 and under. Buggy got brave and went through the BIG kid bounce house with a HUGE slide at the end. He LOVED it (and went three times).
Can you say DAREDEVIL? The kid just turned 4.
We had so much fun going through the massive corn maze as a family. Buggy thought it was so cool that he got to lead the way. The Hubs took Scrunch to the ball fling while I took Buggy to the mini-strong-man game (where you whack the lever and try to make the bell ring). He got close! Scrunch – well, notsomuch. He sort of fell on his head while trying to lift the hammer instead.
By this point, we were getting a bit hungry (it was nearly 1pm by this time). It seems that everyone else had the same idea….. We did wait quite awhile for food, but it was very reasonably priced and was very tasty (hot dogs with kraut, pepperoni rolls, pulled pork bbq, cheese fries…. yum!).
The boys were well past nap time at this point, but none of us wanted to leave. Next we perused the animals – the boys LOVED seeing the goats climbing up high! They even had a baby pig sniff their hands. We meandered past the Boo Barn. Since my guys are so young, we just kept walking. There were lots of people enjoying it though!
Next up was a vast expanse filled with really neat scenes depicted in pumpkins. We got to see scenes from nursery rhymes, Disney movies, and more! And then…. the boys spied the BIG slide!
Being the mean parents that we are, we did not head straight for the slide. We checked out some of the pumpkins for purchase, raced some duckies in the ducky pump race, and played in the rope maze. Gotta build excitement! Now for the BIG slide!
Buggy went down with his Daddy and LOVED it (even though he lost his shoe on the way down).
By this time, we were all pretty pooped. We headed back for one last time on the climbing structures and in the bounce houses after checking out the glass beehive (yes, with live bees busy making honey). We did potty stops and then headed home.
There is a lot that we DIDN’T do and we were there for nearly 5 hours! We didn’t get to do a hay ride or pick apples or peruse the market. We didn’t go in the Boo Barn. We didn’t pick out any pumpkins (we had gotten a couple previously). We didn’t do any pictures on the special picture structures (you know – the ones where you put your face through a scene). I am sure there are other things there that we didn’t have time to do either.
I have NEVER seen Buggy fall asleep so quickly at night – it might have taken him 3 minutes, tops. Scrunch on the other hand fought for quite awhile. He was too excited about all he did that day.
So, if you are local to Pittsburgh, you definitely need to visit Triple B Farms. It is WELL worth the drive (a little over an hour for us) and worth every penny. And, hey – you can print a coupon for a dollar off admission!