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487 E. Airway, Livermore
Reviewed 10/08/11 by Hauntmistress
G&M Farms is right off the Freeway in Livermore, beckoning drivers to stop by and take in some Halloween fun.
There are separate parking areas for G&M's six-acre corn maze and for the pumpkin patch and activities area.
We started our adventure in the corn maze, which was perhaps a mistake. The maze is nice and big but not overly complex. There are stations where you answer beef trivia to help determine the correct path. Unfortunately, this didn't stop us from making many wrong turns. Overall, it was a nice stroll through the corn but left us tired before our pumpkin patch adventure.
When we arrived at the pumpkin patch next door it was overrun by kids whizzing around from one activity to the next. They certainly had more energy than we did at this point.
From the pumpkin patch's parking lot there is a big barn on the right, the pumpkin field on the left, and activities straight ahead. We headed to the activities first.
The fun includes a big Barnyard Corn Box filled with corn kernels (imagine a sandbox with corn) that was overpopulated with kids and adults who were just tickled pink to be there. I got a good laugh at the many adults letting their kids bury them or pour kernels over their heads with pails. There is a sign that says not to throw the kernels, so of course everyone was throwing kernels.
There is a hay tunnel and maze, it's best for very young kids, older kids just ended up walking on top of it because it’s only one bale high. The outer bales were perfect for parents to sit on while keeping an eye on their children and giving encouragement.
There are also farm animals and cow and chicken trivia to occupy your time. For $1 you can pet and feed the animals in the Mini Farm Animal Experience, where you'll find a goat, a little piggie, a chicken, a miniature pony, a donkey, and a little sheep named Spanky who was laying down. He had a pesky turkey on his back that was pecking away at him, wanting a ride. Spanky didn't budge.
Kids can race around a little track in Pedal Karts. The small Karts are $2 and the large are $4. There are pony rides for $5 for kids 60 pounds and under, a Cow Train, and photo opportunities with cutouts such as a cow and a horse. Your kids will love you showing those off to their friends when they’re older…
This year G&M is partnering with the Alameda County CattleWomen, an organization that works to develop educational awareness about beef and to promote a better understanding of the various roles the beef industry plays in the environment and the national economy. The CattleWomen have a display in G&M's barn.
In the barn you'll find Indian corn ($3), mini-pumpkins and gourds, tomatoes and vegetables gown on the farm ($3), pumpkin carving kits, harvest and Halloween decorations, snacks and drinks, an ATM, and more.
The pumpkin field is large and you can get pretty big pumpkins for a good price. Don't forget to grab a wagon to haul your pumpkins before you head out to the field.
If you have a child whose birthday is in October, reserve one of the picnic tables and make them feel extra special this year!
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