When Kyle was a newborn, I was looking for something to do that would keep Julien busy for an hour or 2, and be relatively easy to do with a baby. It was the fall, and a friend invited us apple picking. It seemed like a great idea, something I hadn't done since I was a kid.
One of my favorite memories is going apple picking with my parents. We actually went to this same orchard (which I didn't know until my return on the first trip with the boys). I don't eat the skin on apples (makes me gag) and my mom had brought a knife with her to peel my apples - because there is nothing like eating an apple freshly picked from the tree.
Off we went to Mountain Orchards - and our 2 oldest boys had a blast, while Kyle and her baby slept peacefully while snuggled close to us in wraps/carriers. Thus, created our tradition. Every September, the 2 families go apple picking at Mountain orchards.
In addition to the orchard, they have a hay jump, corn mazes and a few other child friendly activities - best part? It is all FREE! The only thing you pay for is what you buy! If you pick apples, they have 2 bag sizes to choose from; once you get to the "store" you have your pick of the most delicious apple cider donuts (one of the reasons I am willing to drive 35 minutes to get their!), apple cider, apple jellies and apple pies!
This year, there was a new addition as our friends had their 3rd child in the spring! The 4 older kids had an absolute blast, and we got to enjoy watching them climbing the ladders to pick the apples - they have grown so much since our first trip 2 years ago!
We haven't done the corn maze yet - I think we will wait until next year and judge to see if the kids would like it or not!
Do you go apple picking? Is there a specific orchard you go to?