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Grab & Go: Hay Rides, Nature Hike and Pumpkin Picking

Five family activities to add to your calendar.

Take in the sights and sounds of autumn this weekend by spending time in nature with these fun family events.

  • Head to the Pratt Center in New Milford for Nature at Night, on Friday, September 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Kids can explore the sights and sounds of the farmyard, meadows, pond and river after the sun goes down. This is a drop-off program designed for kids ages six through 14. The fee is $30 per child and pre-registration is required.
  • Explore the fields, woods and streams of  guided by teachers on Saturday, October 1. Kids ages seven to 12 will take a guided hike, learn about building shelters, tracking animals and identifying trees, insects and birds. This is a drop-off program and registration is required. 
  • Pick your own pumpkins at Harris Hill Farm in New Milford on Saturday, October 1 or Sunday, October 2. For directions and information about seasonal activities at this scenic farm, see their website.
  • Stop in at Stew Leonard's for the Halloween Hayride Spooktacular. Beginning on Saturday, October 1 and continuing daily through October, families can enjoy a hayride that weaves through the pumpkin patch, followed by a candy treat. The hayrides will run from 10:30 a.m. until dusk on the weekends and from 3 p.m. until dusk Monday through Friday.   
  • Visit the 2011 Book Sale. Preview day is Thursday, September 29 and admission is $15. Admission is free Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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