10 Simple Things to do Before Apple Picking with Kids
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I love fall, don’t you? Bring on apple picking with kids, hayrides,pumpkin carving, and spooky decorations, am I right? The minute the temps go below 80 degrees, I’m pretty much team “pumpkin spice everything.” There’s just something magical about the cool, crisp air of fall. As a mom of two young children, I’ve learned a few ways to make our trips go as smooth as possible.
When they were tiny though? I’d get so excited to go on our adventures that I’d often forget to plan ahead enough and that could be frustrating for all involved. Since then, though, I’ve figured out what I need to do to ensure our outings go smoothly and, now, you all get to benefit from that experience. I’m sharing 10 simple things to do before apple picking with kids so that your experience is as awesome as possible!
10 Simple Things to do Before Apple Picking with Kids
Find a Location to go Apple Picking
I would keep it simple by Googling “where to go apple picking near me.” If there are locations nearby, they will show up! Then, I would check one of the most reliable review options I’ve experienced: your local Facebook mom group. Yep, you read right. Moms will always give honest feedback on local family experiences. Ask them where they go apple picking with kids and take their suggestions into consideration.
Pick a Day and Time to go Apple Picking
In my experience, going apple picking with kids seems to work better on weekdays instead of weekends. Even better, choose to visit on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday since those with Monday-Friday jobs could take a Friday or Monday off of work to enjoy a 3-day weekend.
As far as timing, when it comes to kids, I find it’s best to go early or go late! Crowds tend to be lighter in the mornings and you’ll get the benefit of a well-rested (read: happy) child. Consider nap times and rush hour when planning the time of day to go apple picking.
You know why I’m making the suggestion to bring cash to an apple orchard? It’s possible I may have driven 45 minutes to an orchard only to spend an additional 45 minutes driving to and from a bank to withdraw cash. Yep. Some orchards do not accept credit cards and accept cash only, so take a moment to visit the bank before heading out to pick apples!
Dress in Layers
Fall weather can be tricky. Plan to bring a light jacket along just in case the weather gets chilly! Consider bringing bug spray and sunscreen with you as well because, if the weather isn’t chilly, it could be unseasonably warm. Gotta love that fall weather!
Even if it’s still warm enough to wear your beloved flip-flops, it’s been my experience that apple picking can get messy! Wear sneakers during your visit to the apple orchard and, if the kids have “messy outside” sneakers, this is the time to wear them in public.
Pack a Picnic
It’s almost a given the kids will get hungry, right? Avoid stopping for fast food by packing a picnic meal to enjoy at the orchard either before or after apple picking with kids. Consider including some items to complement your freshly-picked apples like sliced cheese, honey, peanut butter, and deli meats. Apple orchards will usually sell fresh apple cider, so pack a few reusable cups, too!
Charge your Phone
I know this should be a given, but, I have totally gone on an adventure with an almost-dead phone and it was NOT good! Before you head out, charge up your phone and have a car charger and battery pack just in case. You’ll want to be able to make phone calls if necessary and use the camera to capture all the moments! If you’d like to plan ahead with some ideas for photographs, check out our Pinterest Board full of fall family photo ideas!
Pack Apple Picking Supplies
If you have a wagon, stick that in your car before heading out to pick apples. You never know if little legs could get tired of walking the apple orchard, so might as well be prepared. While you’re at it, pack a few reusable bags to hold your apples and consider bringing a knife and a cleaner to nibble on your freshly picked apples!
Invite Friends & Family
Reach out to local friends and family and see if they’d like to join! The kids could enjoy the company of playmates and you’ll get to spend time with adults – win-win, right?! You may even want to make this a yearly tradition.
Pick with a Purpose
As much fun as it can be to go apple picking with kids, you want to make sure you’ll have a purpose for the apples. Some are best for baking, some are best for snacking. Learn about the different varieties of apples before picking them and go with a plan. If you want to make homemade applesauce, for instance, you’ll need more apples than if you’d want to make a pie, right? Believe me, I’ve gone apple picking without a purpose before and then had to figure out what to do with 40 pounds of apples at home. That was interesting to say the least!
In addition to picking apples, you may want to turn this into an educational experience for the kids. Consider printing out our Apple Orchard Scavenger Hunt to bring along!Get the Apple Orchard Scavenger Hunt
Who’s ready for some apple picking?
We hope these suggestions will help make your apple picking experience that much better! Considering a visit to the pumpkin patch, too? Check out our tips for visiting a pumpkin patch with kids! It even comes complete with it’s own pumpkin patch scavenger hunt!