We were given freebies from Eckert’s in exchange for this post. Opinions are my own.
Do you remember your teen years? Were they filled with angst and rebellion and wanting to separate from your family members as much as possible so you could concentrate on your independent streak? If you said yes to any of this, I was very much the same. Family activities weren’t at the top of my list back then, but now of course, as a mom, that has all changed.
I thought the universe would reward my poor behavior as a teen by giving me kids that would pay me back tenfold. Lucky for me, my son was a pretty good kid turned teen turned adult, and my daughter still likes to hang out with her mom from time to time.
No teen angst from her just yet.
Which is why I try to use every opportunity to spend time with her as much as I can and soak in all of her wonderfulness because I know the time will come that she will refuse to have anything to do with me.
Until then, we have things like taking a day trip to Illinois to make Fall memories at Eckert Farms. It’s our special thing that we’ve been doing since she was six years old, and she expects that every late September, early October, we will go pumpkin and apple picking at our favorite farm.
Eckert’s has a special place in my heart, and if you have been reading my blog for awhile, you may have noticed that I’ve partnered with them in the past. I truly love what they stand for—they are a family owned and ran farm that caters to creating family-friendly experiences everyone can enjoy, regardless of age.
During the Fall season, you can make it a day at Eckert Farms. There are carnival-style rides for the littles, apple picking with all types of varieties of apples, pumpkin picking available with various sizes of pumpkins, and so much more. It is so fun to see your kids in awe as they spend time on the farm selecting which goodies they want to take home while learning about how they are grown.
At the Belleville, Illinois location, there’s also the Country Store with plenty of fresh meats and produce alongside a full service deli, butcher, bakery, and garden center. Get ice cream, popcorn, funnel cake, and eat homespun meals at the restaurant.
My daughter looks forward to visiting Eckert’s just as more than I do. Making a day of it proves to be a fun trek for us both. I let her listen to her playlist in the car as I drive, and when we get there, she lets me take as many pictures as I want without so much as one complaint.
When autumn is here, it is a must that we make fall memories at Eckert Farms–that is, until she feels she is too big too do so. Until then, we will be there.
How do you make Fall memories with your kids?