Your Grand Rapids Guide To Fall Fun With Kids

Fall is almost upon us, and that means it’s time.  For us adults?  Time to slip slowly into sweater weather and cozy up with a dark, malty Michigan craft brew or a good glass of vino.  But for our little ones?  It’s time for hayrides and cider and devouring caramel apples the size of their heads!  Fall equals the simple (and oh-so-sweet!) joys of Pure Michigan family fun, and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite ways to enjoy autumn’s finest here in West Michigan with your little ones in tow:

Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery
At Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery, you and yours will be part of a West Michigan fall family tradition that’s been around for over 100 years!  Here, your kiddos can start out with a 6.5-acre corn maze or a signature horse-drawn hayride through the orchards.  After, treat them to warm apple cider, donuts, and giant caramel apples, then let them burn off the sugar buzz on Robinette’s massive 30 ft. x 60 ft. air-filled jumping pillow!  When you’re ready to wrap up the day, stroll the orchards as a family for some u-pick apples so you can take home a few more treats to savor later.  Don’t forget – with this year being the 50th anniversary of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” your little ones can enjoy a custom Peanuts-themed corn maze experience!  And, unlike many other orchards and u-pick farms, pricing at Robinette’s is per activity with no general admission, so you can customize your family’s experience to fit your own style of fall fun!

Klackle Orchards
From u-pick apple orchards and pumpkin patches to the Cornucopia Farm Market, your littles will love scooping up some take-home treats (and will have even more fun hand-picking them!) at Klackle’s.  During the week, they can hop aboard a wagon ride through the orchards and pick a 1/4 peck of apples, test out the sand pile and playground, wind their way through the corn maze and farm animal petting zoo, and cap it all off with a pick-your-own-pumpkin experience.  On the weekends, there’s even more to explore, with a giant straw maze, inflatables, pony rides, barrel train rides, and even Pumpkin Putt-Putt!  Through September, your kids can even clip their own sunflowers to bring back home for just $1/stem!  Be sure to check out the full list of weekday activities and weekend activities to see all the fun in store!

Post Family Farm
Just a hop, skip, and a jump over to Hudsonville will transport you and your little ones to a whole new world of fall fun at Post Family Farm.  Fall Festival Saturdays bring everything from hayrides to the u-pick pumpkin patch to friendly farm animals, kids’ crafts, corn mazes, and even face painting – all for just $8/person (littles under 2 get in free)!  Best of all, you can top it all off with lunch from a local food truck to round out the day.

Frederik Meijer Gardens
FMG is more than just an autumn color-lover’s dream for adults who love gazing at gardens and sculptures.  It’s also surprisingly kid-friendly and fun, especially in the fall.  On October 8, swing by for Fall Family Day and your kiddos will enjoy everything from an “I-Spy” fall color hunt to crown-making, tunes, and storytelling.  Then, pop back again a week later on October 15 & 16, when your little ones can stack up against Giant Pumpkins weighing hundreds of pounds, all on display at Michigan’s Farm Garden!

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