Whether you are looking for some fall family fun, or just a pumpkin picking experience for the kids, there is plenty to keep everyone busy in Sept. and Oct. Here are just a few ideas of places to visit and things to do in and around Red Deer this season, both inside and outdoors!
The SunMaze at Eagle Creek Farms is ripe with Strawberries (before the frost) and pumpkins to take home, not to mention the amazing sunflower maze which is in full bloom. They also host a Fall Festival, hay rides, gift shop and much more! www.sunmaze.ca
You can find Eagle Creek Farms at 34530 Range Road 14, Bowden, by phone at (877) 224-3939 and by email at email@example.com
Call before you go to check hours and event times!
Lacombe Corn Maze
The Lacombe Corn Maze at Kraay Family Farms offers hours of endless fun for all ages, with over 40 terrific attractions. To name a few: Tire Mountain, The Grain Train, The Pumpkin Pad, Timberline Adventure, jumping pillows and so on. By far our favourite corn maze in the province!
Visit their website at www.kraayfamilyfarm.com to check everything out! They are generally open until mid-Oct. from Tuesday to Thursday 4-8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Finding the Farm: Take Exit 422B on QE2 — 4.8km (3miles) west of Lacombe. Go 1.6km (1 mile) west of the Hwy 2 overpass on Hwy 12, then 0.8km (1/2 mile) south on Range Road 27-3. Watch for the signs! Always call before you go. (403) 302-1709
The Abby Centre in Blackfalds
With a three storey indoor play playground and childminding for siblings if need be, you just can’t go wrong. This is a family favourite for us and usually at the top of the list for my kids on rainy or winter days. Although it’s now closed for the fall and winter months, it is worth mentioning that “The Abbey”also boasts one of the coolest outdoor aquatic centres around — complete with a children’s water park and water slide!
Children two and under are free, and kids up to 12 can explore and enjoy this terrific space.
Check out their website for pricing and hours, and make certain to bring socks.
*The Abbey also offers a concession and is also a very worthy consideration for birthday parties!
www.blackfalds.com/tourism-recreation/abbey-centre or (403) 885-4039
4500 Womacks Road
Moonwalkers in Alix
Within easy driving distance from Red Deer, Stettler, Blackfalds and Lacombe, this indoor play place has something for everyone on a rainy or crummy day! Moonwalkers offers a 3,500 square foot indoor play centre equipped with several slides, a zip line, and many tunnels.
Visit their site at moonwalkers.ca or call them at (403) 747-2221 for hours and rates.
They are located at: 5008 – 50 Ave. in Alix, Alberta (east of Red Deer)
l Everyone in the facility must wear socks or slippers at all times.
Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in Red Deer
More than just a “museum” the ASHFM offers families interactive games including a multi-sport area with virtual baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer. Visitors have the opportunity to use real equipment to shoot, throw and kick at a virtual screen! Additionally there is a golf putting area, wheelchair race, snakes and ladders board game and they even host birthday parties too! Lots of discoveries and fun to be found locally.
You can contact them at http://ashfm.ca or by phone at (403) 341-8614 for hours and admissions and they are located at # 102 – 4200 Hwy 2.
For rainy days of course there are Collicutt and The Dawe – both amazing pools, with water parks and slides for kids. Please note that Collicutt is doing pool extensive pool maintenance currently and is closed from Tuesday, Sept. 6th until Saturday, Nov. 12th.
Reagan Forsyth is a local maternity and pediatric sleep coach.