Fall Family Fun

Guest blogger: Amy Eiduke, Communications Director, Regional Support Center

Amy and her family enjoying a Fall festival.

Amy & her family enjoying a Fall festival.

I have to admit, autumn is my favorite time of year – the smells, the crisp weather, the beautiful colors, pumpkin farms, apple picking, corn mazes, the fun  – there is nothing quite like it. Every year I try to squeeze in as many family outings as I can before the winter quickly takes over. Here are just two of my favs:

In both Barrington and Hampshire, Goebbert’s Fall Festival is a must visit for me and my boys every year. Where else can you find tons of beautiful flowers, pumpkins, gourds and goodies, and still be able to feed a giraffe, walk through a hay maze, and see over 50 amazing animals from all over the world? And, I haven’t even mentioned the gem mining, enormous dragon, pony and camel rides, or jumping pillow. Each time we go we have a blast, and also take some fantastic family photos!

Richardson’s Corn Maze in Spring Grove continues to expand every year. Since my oldest son was able to walk we have visited this “World Largest Corn Maze” letting him lead the way! He has gotten us lost many a time, but that’s all part of the excitement! And the maze really is HUGE! I don’t think we’ve ever made it through the entire thing. Now they also offer a zip-line, pumpkin patch, pig races,  ORBiting and much more. Pack some snacks and bring a flashlight if you are going later in the day and see if you can make it through all the twists and turns.

Looking for some adventures for your family? Check out: Chicago Kids, Oaklee’s Guide and/or Metromix’s 2013 Fall Festival Guide.

What’s your favorite place for a fun Fall family outing?

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