It’s become tradition to have a fall field trip at the Applebarn. The fresh autumn air and dazzling display of seasonal colours is not to be missed.
For over 25 years, the Taves have been working with teachers to provide a first-class educational tour. Not only will the children learn about the life cycles of apples, pumpkins and honey bees, they also get to hug the goats and pet the bunnies. The old fashioned apple-sorting machine is another unique feature of our tour where kids watch how yesteryear apples were sized from small to large. A slice of a crunchy farm-grown apple and a cup of freshly pressed pasteurized cider is always a welcomed treat after viewing how cider is made!
Tours for for elementary school children are both educational and fun! Here is a comprehensive list of everything included in one of our fall tours:
- Dwarf orchard tour and pictorial discussion of apple trees in each season.
- Viewing of the cider press and explanation of the cider market.
- Viewing and discussion of an old fashioned apple-sorter.
- Bunny Town and Petting Barn.
- Pick out a pumpkin (October only) at the Pumpkin Patch.
- Pictorial discussion of pumpkin lifecycle.
- Glass observation bee hive and pollination discussion.
- An Apple and Apple Cider samples.
- Hayride around the farm.
*The tour takes about 1.5 hours, but, if time allows, the children can enjoy an additional 15-30 minutes on the playground and jumping pillow with permission.*
For 15 students or more, it is $7.48 plus GST (total of $7.85) for the Apple Tour, which is only available in September.
In October, we offer the Apple and Pumpkin Tour, which is $8.58 plus GST (total of $9.00) per student. Each student will also bring home a pumpkin!
We allow one free adult supervisor for every four children, in addition to teachers and aids as they are always free. We encourage you to limit the number of adults on the field trip. The additional adult rate is $3.32 plus GST (total of $3.50), but for adults that are accompanying four children, admission is free.
A minimum charge will be applied for groups of less than 15 students*
Siblings of students (3 years and older) will be charged the regular student rate and may also take a pumpkin (in October).
To check availability and inquire about times, please choose from our reservation calendars below.
When you click the link below, there will be four tour options. We recommend that elementary school children choose to do the first two tours: Apple Tour September or the Apple and Pumpkin Tour in October. The kiddie corn maze tours are more suitable for younger preschool aged children, however those in kindergarten may also enjoy this type of tour. For more detailed information about these tours visit our Preschool bookings page.