Our moms group took a memorable field trip out to Middleton’s Cedar Hill Farm. It is nice to visit a farm that focuses on the importance of education and takes a great amount of time and effort to make sure that their program is interactive and rich with culture.
While waiting for all our members to show up, the kids played happily in the giant mountain sandbox made out of recycled tires. They could have spent hours there just using their imaginations to dig, scoop and create.
Next, we were taken on a guided tour to visit the animals. Our first stop was the goats; where we learned their names, what they eat and even got a chance to hand feed them. We also got to meet piglets, sheep, turkeys and chicken. Our guide was informative, friendly and fun; we all had a wonderful time making jokes and learning interesting information.
I’m impressed with the farms use of recycled materials to create fun and inventive activities for the kids. The sound garden was entertaining and unique. In a world where children mostly have to keep quiet; it’s great to provide them with an outlet. Have fun jamming away or just watching your little musician come alive.
One of the highlights of our field trip was the tractor ride. The ride itself is beautiful, the scenery is stunning and the kids were all over the moon about being on a hayride… so it was a relaxing and fun trip for all. While on our tractor ride, we learned that Cedar Hill is a 280 acre farm that has been in the Middleton family since 1660. Many changes have occurred over the past few decades as far as what crops to grow and harvest. The farm now focuses their agricultural development on cattle and pumpkin, squash and hay crops.
After our wagon ride, the kids ventured off into the Kiddie corn maze. I love that the kids can run through the maze while you watch them get lost and problem solve to make their own way out. This activity was excellent for autonomy. There is also a larger corn maze for those more adventurous. This years 8 acres maze design is in honor of Nathan; visit http://www.iamnathan.org to learn his story.
Last but not least, the kids got to pick their own pumpkin. It’s adorable to watch the little ones wonder through the patch to find the perfect one. I was impressed at the selection of different colored pumpkins available this year. Not just your standard orange but white, green and even PINK!!!
On our way out I couldn’t help but head into the gift shop to splurge on some homemade kettle corn that was freshly popped during our visit! The boys picked apples as their snack, nothing beats fresh apples from a local orchard.
I love that Cedar Hill Farm is invested in the community. They not only celebrate the fall harvest with a festival but are also open in the spring time for Easter and other events throughout the year. They also have a stand at the Waldorf Farms Market.
Middleton’s Cedar Hill Farm
Cedar Hill Place
Waldorf, Maryland 20601
Phone: (301) 399-9812
Fall Festival open weekends only- September 23rd-October 30th from 10 AM-6 PM.
Admission is $10.00 per person. Children age 2 and under are free!
***No coupon this year***
Admission includes: Barnyard Animals, 8-Acre Corn Maze, Kiddie Corn Maze, Hayride to the Pumpkin Patch and Barn Yard Animals. New this Fall 2017- tractor train! Pumpkins are sold for an additional fee. Parental supervision is required for all children under 18 years of age. The farm is only open weekdays by appointment for special events and school tours.