Earlier this year I shared that I want to be more intentional with our family time. What better way to enjoy family then visiting Kettle Ridge Farm. Kettle Ridge Farm is all about family. From the people behind the tasting counter to the people that help you tap your maple tree, they are all about working together and being a family. I love this about Kettle Ridge Farm and I couldn’t wait to bring my family back for our pancake breakfast and our tree tapping.
Thanksgiving has come and gone and the frenzy of the holidays has kicked into high gear. I love the holidays. I love the lights and the decorating and creating memories with my family that connects us. From the family traditions, to the family get-together the holidays are an amazing time to focus on what is really important. This year we are starting a new family holiday tradition with the Adopt-A-Maple at Kettle Ridge Farm program.
You know it is a great family friendly destination when your kids say “we want to go again”…before your day is done. On our visit to Hidden Valley Animal Adventure that is what happened. The kids loved it! Nestled among beautiful landscape in Varysburg, New York, you will find Hidden Valley Animal Adventure. A unique and family fun animal experience where you can feed water buffalo and get close with a camel. My family was invited to visit and we were so happy we did. It went beyond my expectations and it is a great place for families.
On my recent visit to the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY I was able to spend some one-on-one time with my son. Seneca Park Zoo is a great place for a few hours of quality time. I cherish the moments that I get to spend with my kids, especially as they get older. Time is going so fast and the one-on-one play dates are a great way to connect.
Niagara Falls is something everyone should see once in their life. It will take your breath away. Growing up in Buffalo we visited often. It always brings back great childhood memories and I was so excited to take my kids. Niagara Falls is also home to the Maid of the Mist, which in my opinion everyone should experience at least once. It is a family favorite and should be on your family travel bucket list.
Rochester has the Strong Museum of Play, Dinosaur BBQ and garbage plates. Now we have The Waffle Factory. Located outside of Rochester, NY in Webster, The Waffle Factory offers all types of waffle creations imaginable. It was a HUGE hit with my family!!
Corning, New York is a great place for a weekend getaway for families. It is a little under a 2 hour drive from Rochester, NY and there are a lot of activities to fill your day and relax with your family. With two amazing museums and a great shopping and dining district, Corning is a great place to getaway with the family for the weekend.
Have you ever thought about visiting the Corning Museum of Glass with Kids? I’ve always wanted to but I wasn’t sure if it was kid friendly. I had also heard great things about their glass making classes. We decided to give it a try and planned a last minute weekend getaway to Corning, NY. I booked a Sandblasting class and planned on spending the day exploring the museum. Early Saturday morning we surprised the kids with a weekend getaway and some much needed quality family time.
There are so many holiday activities for families in Rochester. I love it! From light displays, to fun activities for the kids, to teaching children the giving spirit. There is more to do then days in the month! I love planning our activities and I use our 25 day Christmas Countdown to plan lots of fun activities for the family throughout the month. Here are my BEST holiday activities for families in Rochester.
A little outside of the city of Rochester, New York there is a magical fairy trail that is great for families. Tinker Nature Park has family friendly hiking trails in Rochester, NY that wind through green scenery and woods. As you near the end you enter a magical path that is lined with fairy houses. It is a hidden gem in the Rochester area and is a must visit for anyone visiting the area. Pack a picnic and spend the day exploring the magical fairy trails at Tinker Nature Park.