My kids had the day off of school recently so my husband and I took them to Blakes Cider Mill for some cider and donuts and to check out their Fall Festival featuring Barnyard Funland and Spookyland.
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Fall Festival at Blakes Cider Mill consists of access to their enormous Barnyard Funland and Spookyland attraction. For $6.95 per person ($8.50 per on weekends) kids can enjoy:
- Access to the Haunted Barn
- Trike Track on oversized tricycles
- Straw mountain
- Various Corn mazes with different levels of difficulty
- Rubber Duck races
- Bunnyville farm
- Baby Animal Petting Farm
- Halloween attractions
Initially, I thought the price was a little steep but I changed my mind during the experience when I realized how much my kids enjoyed Barnyard Funland and how long we stayed before the kids had seen everything/done everything. I was also impressed that the attraction really appeals to kids of younger ages but isn't limited to pre-teens. All of the attractions are designed to entertain kids from 2 to about 14.
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The Haunted Barn doesn't have live actors jumping out at you but features loud noises, scary music and shocking effects. Even in broad daylight, the Haunted Barn was VERY scary so I wouldn't recommend it to young children. My nine-year old was brave enough to try it (while holding my hand). He enjoyed the experience like he was riding his very first roller coaster. Still, I couldn't see him going it alone (or in the dark). It was a great introduction for the days where he'll be old enough/brave enough to attend the truly terrifying night-time haunted attractions at Blake's. My 7 year old daughter wanted no part of it. Kids have a way of letting you know whether or not they're ready for scary experiences.
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The expansive grounds of Barnyard Funland make for a great fall and Halloween atmosphere. Like I said, there is plenty to see and do. The animal stations feature interactive quizzes and the corn mazes are a blast to explore. My kids enjoyed being able to run around the mazes and wore themselves out scaling the gigantic Straw Mountain.
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We weren't planning on staying a long time but we ended spending almost 3 hours at Barnyard Funland. The time goes quickly at each station of Barnyard Funland and it is attractive enough where you'll want to spend some quality time visiting. The hay ride itself was a scenic 15 minute tour of Blakes Orchards and a great way to enjoy the fresh autumn air. Since we made our trip on a Monday, the crowds were small and the conditions were ideal. Definitely something to consider as I know first-hand that cider mill crowds on fall weekends can be huge.
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Barnyard Funland is open from 10a-6p (the haunted attractions at Blakes begin after dark). Tickets are sold at the Barnyard Funland entrance and the hayrides depart every 15 minutes starting at noon. You can skip the Haunted Barn segment and hayrides altogether and just visit Barnyard Funland for $5.
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Barnyard Funland at Blakes Orchard and Cider Mill
17985 Armada Center Road
Armada, MI 48005
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