Sunday, October 4, 2009

Fall Family Fun in the Yakima Valley

The Yakima Valley is known for its healthy, family friendly, down on the farm activities. Fall is an special time to visit with the apples ripening on the trees and the family jack o lantern pumpkins in the fields ready to be chosen.

The Big Red Barn at Washington Fruit Place, Barrett’s Orchards offers farm fresh fun every day with apple tasting, a self guided orchard trail, hay maze and pumpkin patch. On weekends your family can experience a hay ride through the orchard and watch old fashioned cider pressing.

A haunted corn maze, hot spiced donuts and pumpkin cannon fired on the hour every weekend in October, Thompson Farm is the place to go. While your family is there check out the farm animals and help feed the chickens.

Jones Farm in Zillah offers a wide array of apple varieties. The fruit stand is surrounded by orchards and the hay maze is nearby, feed the ducks in the pond located on the country lane and visit the pumpkin patch for Jack-o-lantern possibilities.

Unique Halloween celebrations:

Don’t forget the unique Northern Pacific Railway Museum Haunted Train Run the weekends of October 23, 24, 25 and October 29, 30, 31, 2009 from 6pm – 9pm and will feature ghosts, goblins, and all kinds of scary things as you tour the haunted depot and 2 haunted railroad cars. Admission is $5 per person. Ages13 and older please.

Halloween Pumpkin runs are offered for families with younger children at the Northern Pacific Railway Museum on Saturday, October 31 only. This event features a caboose ride, museum tours, and free pumpkin for each child. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under

All Aboard the Halloween Trolley in Yakima on October 31. The 102 year old street car will leave the Trolley Powerhouse every ½ hour from 11a.m.-4p.m. Fun, treats and the first 100 children visiting receive a free pumpkin.

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