This past Saturday, we spent the day at Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center, California. Bates Nut Farm is a well-loved “destination” in our fair county. With over 40 years of providing fun, family friendly activities, this local institution has become a “tradition” in many families lives. Ours included. And, we went “Nuts at the Nut Farm” on this particular day!
By “we”, I mean me and Charlie, Tiffany and the Princesses P and one of the Princesses P young friends. The Princesses P provided endless hours of entertainment for their great-aunt and great-uncle (me and Charlie)! Their charm and exuberance are so infectious that you can’t help but have a good time! I took so many pictures that I’ve decided to make this happy day into several posts, so throughout the month of October, stay tuned!
BTW – this isn’t a “sponsored post”. We love Bates Nut Farm and just want to share this small, family business with our readers because we have spent many happy years there starting when Tiffany was a small girl!
This week, Bates Nut Farm officially opened their pumpkin patch and the month of October is chock full of fun, family friendly activities to do there. And, many of the activities are free:
- Going to the pumpkin patch and walking through the pumpkins
- Various photo ops (facades set up for picture-taking opportunities)
- Picnic grounds
- The Farm’s Zoo
- Various exhibits
So, if you are looking for a free way to spend the day, put Bates Nut Farm on your list! If you pack a picnic lunch (which Charlie and I did), you can spend the day there at no cost. There is ample parking, plus it is handicap-accessible.
What costs money? Here’s a list:
- Purchasing pumpkins, gourds, squash in the fields
- Purchasing items in their store (gifts, nuts, candy, refreshments)
- Tractor Hayrides: $2.00 per person
- Straw Maze: $2.00 per person
- Pony Rides: $5.00 per person (cash only)
- Petting Corral: $3.00 per person (cash only)
- Face Painting (weekends only; cost depends on vendor)
- Kids’ Painting (weekends only; these are little Halloween-themed ceramic pieces to paint; cost depends on vendor)
- Food: ice cream, soft drinks, popcorn, BBQ, tacos, potatoes (and other food trucks depending on the weekend)
So, here are some photos of the Princesses P going “Nuts at the Nut Farm”. Enjoy!
Here’s what happens when you ask a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old to “smile pretty for the camera and say cheese”!
Stay tuned throughout the month of October for many more posts about our day at Bates Nut Farm!
(other posts about Bates Nut Farm)