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16 Feb, 2011

Giveaway alert: a year of family fun at Saunders Farm

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

Fishbowl patron Saunders Farm is hosting this fantastic giveaway for a Family Annual Season’s Pass.

If you don’t happen to win it I should point out at THIS should definitely be the year you pick up a Family Pass. I happen to know that there are some cool and exciting things planned for 2011, a notable year because it’s a 35th anniversary for the Saunders family and the 20th Anniversary of Saunders Haunting Season.

There are plenty of good reasons to love the Season’s Pass:

It’s a great deal if want to visit more than twice.
Summer and Fall (a.k.a. Haunting Season) are very different seasons at Saunders and you definitely want to visit at least once during each season. But let’s do the math. Single-day family admission during the summer is $50 (+HST) and $64 (+HST) in October. If you’re a family of four, the cost of a 2011 family pass is $176.28 ($156 + $20.28 HST).

It’s a great deal if there are small children in the picture.
When the girls were wee, family passes were a real blessing. Sometimes we realistically only had one “good” hour or two between various naps, and sometimes we needed to cut visits short (you know how it goes). A family pass gives your family the freedom to visit often, and for as long (or short) as you like. No pressure.

It makes a great gift.
Grandma! Grandpa! Are you struggling to come up with a really special gift for your son, daughter-in-law and the grandchildren? This is it. Saunders Farm offers 100 acres of green space to get fresh air, lots of exercise and is a great place for families to play, learn and grow together. It is a lovely spot to visit. We go every year, at least once! A family pass is truly the kind of gift that keeps on giving.

To clarify, family pass holders receive UNLIMITED VISITS to the Farm during regular public hours from June 1 through October 31, including:

  • Unlimited visits to Haunting Season in October
    (One admission per pass holder per day)
  • Unlimited visits during the Summer Farm Park season
  • Invitations and discounts to special events throughout the year
  • A welcome bonus FUN BUNDLE which includes:
    • 10% off a Birthday Party package
    • 10% off non-food items in the Farm Shop
    • two “Bring a Friend” Summer admission tickets – Valid any weekend in June 2011

More details about the Family Annual Season’s Pass are on the Saunders Farm website.

Now for the giveaway part! Woot!

This giveaway is for one Family Annual Season’s Pass for FOUR. (Note that kids under two are admitted free and do not need to be listed on the pass.)

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Leave your name in the comments below. Have you been to Saunders before? If so, tell us, do you consider yourselves Summer People or Fall People ? Or both? Summer at Saunders is all about picnics in the grass, fun in the sun, cold beverages and the splash pad. FALL is about rubber boots, hot apple cider, and witches and goblins. Kettle corn and mazes apply equally to both. :)
  • This is not a requirement of this giveaway, but I do urge you to become a fan of Saunders Farm on Facebook. Check them out here. Seriously, this is a great way to keep tabs on special events and deals at Saunders, all year long.
  • One entry per family please!
  • This giveaway is a quickie! In honour of Family Day (because Saunders is all about family) the draw will take place at noon on February 21, 2011 … so you have until that time to get your entries in… and please tell your friends to do the same! :)

Thank you Saunders Farm! And good luck to you all!

88 Responses to "Giveaway alert: a year of family fun at Saunders Farm"

1 | Pamela

February 16th, 2011 at 1:46 pm


I have never been in the summer time…………..I would live to take my gang,
Thanks for the chance!

2 | Laurie

February 16th, 2011 at 1:46 pm


We went to Saunders Farm for the first time last year in early Fall. We had such a great time and promised ourselves we would come back the following year.

My fingers and toes are crossed that we’ll win a Season’s Pass!

3 | Lynn

February 16th, 2011 at 1:54 pm


We looooove Saunders Farm around here – I wrote a glowing post about it for Kids in the Capital this past summer. We would definitely get lots of use out of the pass but even if we don’t win, you’ll probably run into us there.

So far we have only done the summer months – I really like the mazes and the kids can play for hours in the big pirate ship. We’ll have to give October a try this year.

4 | Randy Little

February 16th, 2011 at 2:04 pm


Very cool giveaway. We have been in Ottawa for 3 years now, are very much both summer and fall people and yet to visit Saunder’s Farm…despite hearing about it all the time.

5 | Saje

February 16th, 2011 at 2:08 pm


We’ve never been as a family, but the kids have been with school. We are summer people. Though we love the fall weather and Halloween fun as well :)

6 | Ross Brown

February 16th, 2011 at 2:11 pm


My kids have been in the summer for birthday parties and love it.

I’m a fall guy (in more ways than one) and would love to get spooked on Hallowe’en).


7 | Mel

February 16th, 2011 at 2:16 pm


I’ve lived here for four years and haven’t yet been. It’s on our list though — the kids would love it! Thanks for the chance.

8 | meanie

February 16th, 2011 at 2:21 pm


We are Summer and Fall folks and always bring out of towners there for a visit. Nothing like a day in the country to tucker everyone out! Seriously, so much fun.
I really want to do one of the big kids only Halloween nights……

9 | Lisa

February 16th, 2011 at 2:34 pm


We are all about family passes! They are perfect for little ones. Our little one is finally big enough for Saunders Farm and we are looking forward to taking her there, in summer and fall.

10 | Sarah Brown

February 16th, 2011 at 2:41 pm


Fall people! (But we really should make a point of going in the summer.) We’ve held two October birthday parties at Saunders in the past couple of years and they were great fun.

11 | Karen at Virtually There

February 16th, 2011 at 2:46 pm


I haven’t been there since I was a student with no kids. I would really like to take our girls this summer AND fall. I think they’re at the perfect age. A family pass sounds like a great idea. Hmmm, if I don’t win the pass, I wonder if they’ll show up on Groupon?!

12 | Debbie

February 16th, 2011 at 2:54 pm


We’ve only been to Saunders Farm once with our then two year old. We LOVED it! It was late summer / early fall when we went. A family pass would be delightful – I could see us spending a lot of time there and really getting to know the place!

13 | Chantal

February 16th, 2011 at 3:05 pm


We have only been once but we enjoyed it immensely. My kids are not ready for the Fall visit, they get very scared (Halloween itself can be a problem). Maybe a visit in the fall but avoiding the scary bits… not sure that is possible.

14 | Homespice

February 16th, 2011 at 3:25 pm


Our kids love Saunders Farm, especially when there are seas of orange pumpkins all about. We are definitely fall-season people. We’d welcome the chance to frequent the farm in the summertime too! Thanks!

15 | Glen Gower

February 16th, 2011 at 3:30 pm


We would love a family pass. We take the girls to Saunders Farm in both summer and fall to enjoy all it has to offer. Our oldest daughter has even been lucky enough to enjoy a friends birthday party at the farm. Great fun for the whole family.

16 | Alison in Ottawa

February 16th, 2011 at 3:37 pm


We have only gone in the summer, mostly because my daughters would be scared of the haunting activities. I love thephoto opportunities in the mazes. Last time we went the girls had on jackets with reflective patches which ruined the photos so we need to remember not the wear those jackets on our next visit!

17 | tanya

February 16th, 2011 at 3:52 pm


We went in the fall, the kids loved the mazes. We’d love to check it out in the summer too!

18 | jennP

February 16th, 2011 at 5:11 pm


oh wow! i would LOVE this! I haven’t been since moving out here but have been meaning to. This would be the perfect opportunity to go ….. over and over!!!

19 | Laura Daub

February 16th, 2011 at 5:19 pm


Fall is my favourite there as we all love the haunted hayride. My 7 yr-old son made me play him the scary videos on their website for weeks! BUT, we do love the summer there too and would love to win!

20 | Rob Thomas

February 16th, 2011 at 5:22 pm


Fall! No question.

21 | Shawna

February 16th, 2011 at 5:26 pm


I have never been to Saunders Farm but have certainly heard about their Halloween show! I’d love to win this and check it out!

22 | KarenL

February 16th, 2011 at 5:35 pm


We have only been in the summer, I would love to go in the fall though!

23 | Deb

February 16th, 2011 at 5:58 pm


We went in October to play and pick out our Halloween pumpkin. Lots if fun!

24 | Sara

February 16th, 2011 at 6:18 pm


I haven’t had the chance to go to Saunders Farm. Various reasons have caused me not to but having a family pass would be the perfect way to ensure I actually see what everyone has been talking about!

25 | Marianne

February 16th, 2011 at 6:21 pm


I have only been once, in the fall, on a date with my husband before we had children. We really enjoyed it. I would love to go with the family this year as I think my three-year old would love it.

26 | SarahS

February 16th, 2011 at 6:27 pm


We have celebrated my son’s fall birthday twice at Saunders Farm and have enjoyed getting lost in the mazes and scared on the haunted wagon ride.
We’ve never been during the summer – it’s hard to imagine frolicking on a splash pad just now(-:
Fingers and toes crossed.

27 | suze

February 16th, 2011 at 6:54 pm


I’ve been there once for Halloween, but I would say my kids would probably enjoy it in the summer the most. They discovered splash pads last summer and have been mentioning them all winter. Plus they love mazes.

28 | Heather

February 16th, 2011 at 6:59 pm


We’ve never been to Saunders Farm before but our little boy will be three this summer, so the timing of this contest is perfect! We’d love to take him! :-)

29 | Amy

February 16th, 2011 at 7:10 pm


We had our daughters birthday party there last summer and loved it! We can’t wait to go back this year in both summer and fall!

30 | Sara Horton

February 16th, 2011 at 7:12 pm


Yep, we’ve been to Saunders Farm many a time, family, daycare, and for birthday party. We’re more summer people.

31 | Valerie

February 16th, 2011 at 7:17 pm


we’ve only been in the fall – will have to give summer a try. we’ve only done the day haunted ride, too, and never the barn – my kids are a bit young still. Love the mazes, though.

32 | Karen

February 16th, 2011 at 7:47 pm


We haven’t ever been to Saunders, which I think is a real shame. But I think we’d like both the summer and the fall. Saunders is one place we’ll definitely be visiting in 2011!

33 | Natasha

February 16th, 2011 at 7:49 pm


We took our son at Halloween and we had a blast. It is a great place to take kids. I am excited to see what they have to offer in the summer time.

34 | Gwen

February 16th, 2011 at 7:59 pm


I have never been, but 2 of my daughters have gone in the Fall with their school. They LOVED it! Would love to be able to have season passes!

35 | L ida

February 16th, 2011 at 8:17 pm


I haven’t been ther yet but was planning to bring my grandchildren there this summer.

36 | Amanda

February 16th, 2011 at 9:05 pm


I haven’t been there but with two small kids I should definitely check it out this year!

37 | Jay

February 16th, 2011 at 10:02 pm


We’ve never been there but would love to go. Summer sounds great with the splash pads and picnics, but I do love the fall:)

38 | Dave A

February 16th, 2011 at 10:28 pm


Never been. Always want to and but has never seemed to work out.

39 | Cath

February 16th, 2011 at 10:32 pm


We’ve never gotten there but would love to become regulars! Thanks for the giveaway!

40 | binki

February 16th, 2011 at 11:15 pm


The kids have been (through school) but not their parents. They seem to really like it. I’d like to try it out – especially the Halloween fun.

41 | Kaitlin

February 16th, 2011 at 11:23 pm


My husband and I have gone every haunting season since we started dating. Last year, we went during the summer. I think I’m a fall person, but would love to go more often in the summer. The mazes are our favourite, especially with our niece or children of friends.

42 | StarBright

February 17th, 2011 at 7:52 am


We have always gone in the fall… but maybe this will be the year of going in the summer too! Such a fun place!

43 | Tiana

February 17th, 2011 at 9:26 am


We have yet to go to Saunders’ but I was planning on bringing Bobby and baby this fall for pumpkin fun. Our family is DEFINITELY a fall family.

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45 | Ingrid

February 17th, 2011 at 10:13 am


My kids love this place at Hallowe’en. But with a family of six, it’s not very affordable. :(
The last time I was there I was a vendor for their Strawberry Moon Celtic Festival in ’98!

46 | Allison

February 17th, 2011 at 12:11 pm


Definitely fall people, but would love to go in the summer too! Actually last time I was there was for a wedding, it was beautiful!

47 | Katie

February 17th, 2011 at 12:28 pm


I’ve only ever been in the fall and it was fabulous. I’d like to try it out in the summer too.

48 | Connie

February 17th, 2011 at 2:20 pm


We’ve never been! Kiddies will be just old enough this summer to start to appreciate it – I’ve been drooling over the website. Can’t wait to visit!

49 | Heidi S

February 17th, 2011 at 2:23 pm


We live close but have never been, it would be great fun.

50 | Gerry

February 17th, 2011 at 2:24 pm


We went to Saunders farm once in the summer and did the mazes. It was about 4 years ago. My son loved it. Generally we find the cost a little expensive, so we haven’t been back since then. However, we would love to have a season pass to fully experience the place.

51 | Carolyn

February 17th, 2011 at 2:45 pm


I still have not been but now our kids should be all old enough to enjoy (as well as the parents too). I love Hallowe’en and I hear Saunders does it best! Would love to win the Season’s Pass – my fingers are crossed!

52 | Josee

February 17th, 2011 at 2:48 pm


I am definitely a fall person, it’s my favorite time of year. I’d love to win this pass for my family! We’ve never been to Saunders Farm. Thanks for the opportunity!

53 | Edumama

February 17th, 2011 at 2:54 pm


I haven’t been to the farm but would love to- my kids are the perfect age and a family pass would be the perfect option! Definitely fall-great photos with the perfect background!!! Fingers crossed

54 | Denise G

February 17th, 2011 at 2:59 pm


No I have never been there. I am a summer person for sure!

55 | Karen

February 17th, 2011 at 3:33 pm


My kids have a blast at Sanders in the summer but we also love going there in the fall! We literally would be content to spend an entire day there :)

56 | Cari

February 17th, 2011 at 4:25 pm


I’ve never been, the price has always steered me away. I’d love to win the pass and see if I was wrong!!!! We’re probably more fall people. I love being outside when I can wear a sweater and long pants.

57 | Michelle VandenBosch

February 17th, 2011 at 4:35 pm


I am a fan and so are my boys!!! We have been in the fall with the kids but when I was little I used to pick strawberries at Saunders Farm in the summer. I love being there because it is such a wonderful experience for me and my crew!

58 | KL

February 17th, 2011 at 5:00 pm


Our family usually go every year in the fall. Love it!

59 | Anne Bank

February 17th, 2011 at 8:15 pm


We are definitely a “Fall” family! Because we move so often, we haven’t had a chance to make it out to Saunders Farm, but now that we are looking to stay in one place for a while, it’s definitely on our list of things to do. Can’t wait to pick strawberries in the summer and enjoy the fall colours as we get close to haunting season!

60 | Erica

February 17th, 2011 at 9:13 pm


Awesome give away. We’re fall people – something about the leaves and pumpkins gets us to Saunders Farm. Love to go more. Thanks Andrea

61 | Tiiu

February 17th, 2011 at 9:43 pm


Hi! We are a family of four that have never been to Saunders Farm. Our kiddies are young and we are just staring to experience the fun side of Ottawa with them. We are both summer and fall people and would make great use of this pass. Thanks for the opportunity!

62 | Georgina Vranas

February 18th, 2011 at 12:54 pm


We went to Saunders farm during the maze season with 2 year old son. He was way more interested in the children’s play structure and the wagon ride, than the mazes. Thanks!!

63 | Esther

February 18th, 2011 at 2:41 pm


We went twice last summer – absolutely everyone loved it!

64 | Jackie

February 18th, 2011 at 10:12 pm


We have gone only in the summer and its great! nice giveaway. thanks!

65 | Paige

February 19th, 2011 at 8:54 pm


My kids go to Saunders farm in the Fall with their Montessori and we went as a family as well. We love the performance and the Pirate Ship and the kids go home with a cute little pumpkin! We are definitely Fall people!!

66 | Shannon B

February 19th, 2011 at 10:21 pm


We are summer people for the weather but have only been there in the fall at Hallowe’en. This would be such a blessing since Ihave gone back to school and there is zero $ for entertainment! Thanks for the chance!

67 | Kathleen

February 20th, 2011 at 12:52 pm


We are Fall People. Three cheers for apple cider. Thanks for the giveaway!

68 | Nora

February 20th, 2011 at 8:51 pm


We would love a family pass – thanks for the opportunity! We have only been to Saunders in the fall but will change that this year with a visit on the summer months! Sounds super!

69 | Colleen

February 21st, 2011 at 8:35 am


I love Saunders farm. I work at a childcare centre and we have taken our children there and they loved it. It is definately a must see when you the season comes around.

70 | Tracy

February 21st, 2011 at 8:41 am


Before kids my husband I went to Saunders Farm every fa for their awesome Haunted Tour. I didn’t even know about the fun summer stuff they have to offer Families until a friend told me and so we plan on going this summer! Love Saunders Farm!

71 | Brenda Tasker

February 21st, 2011 at 8:52 am


My family of 4 loves saunders! I personally enjoy the summer saunders more, the weather makes it so much more difficult and varies so much in the fall. Can’t wait for the summer so we can all run through the mazes!

72 | Jen Warren

February 21st, 2011 at 9:25 am


Our family became fast fans of the summer experience at Saunders Farm last year. We spent my daughter’s 1st birthday there and had a wonderful time. We’re looking forward to this year even more now that she is more steady on her feet and is all around a funner playmate for our 3yr old. It’s hard to pinpoint just one favourite, the picnics, mazes, play structures and splash pad are all highlights!

73 | OttMomGo

February 21st, 2011 at 9:26 am


We’ve been fall people but would definitely go in the summer with a pass.

74 | Chrissy

February 21st, 2011 at 9:48 am


I’ve never been to Saunders Farm, but I’m sure I’d be a fall person. I love the smell of fall air and the cooler temperatures. I’m definitely planning on taking my kids this year now that they’re old enough to really enjoy themselves!

75 | Dean

February 21st, 2011 at 9:53 am


We’ve not been to Saunders Farm yet but have heard great things. Thanks for the chance!

76 | Crystal

February 21st, 2011 at 10:50 am


Being a WAHM with 2 boys only 17 months apart it would be a great way to get out and get some fresh air and enjoy a day away from the house and the boys could have fun and run free and play like little boys should :)

77 | Lindsay

February 21st, 2011 at 10:57 am


We love Saunders farm. I have been going since I was a teenager and am glad I can share it with my children. We love it in both summer and fall. The kids love Halloween, so they like all the ghosts and goblins in the fall. Thanks for the chance to keep sharing Saunders with our kids :)

78 | Rena

February 21st, 2011 at 11:13 am


We moved to Ottawa last year and have not been to Saunders farm. I hear such wonderful things and would love to have an opportunity to take my daughter!!

79 | Carla

February 21st, 2011 at 11:25 am


I went to Saunders Farm last year in the fall, the kids loved it. It was fun, but I did find it pricey and would love a pass to make it easier to go twice or more this year.

80 | Carla

February 21st, 2011 at 11:33 am


Oh, I forgot to say that I think I am a fall person, in general I love fall much more than summer, and enjoy the colours and activities that go with it.

81 | Stacey Leek

February 21st, 2011 at 11:41 am


My two girls love nature, we have been to Saunders farm for birthdays, and just on days we have time. The kids love the animals, and everything there is to do at the farm. Living in the city, its great that they are exposed to such things, and is a great place to learn.
Recently, I lost my job, and am recovering now, but budgets arent what they used to be. A free seasons pass would mean alot, giving us a place to go on quiet days, and something for the girls to look forward to all year!
You guys have a great place there. I hope whoever wins, takes full advantage of what you have to offer, and spreads the word to their friends too.

82 | Nadine

February 21st, 2011 at 11:46 am


Summer or fall, it doesn’t matter because for us Saunders Farms is all about the MAZES!

83 | Fleur

February 21st, 2011 at 11:55 am


My kids have been on school trips and have really enjoyed it, but I have never been and would love to go!

84 | andrea

February 21st, 2011 at 12:07 pm


Comments officially closed to new entries. The winner will be announced here ASAP!

85 | andrea

February 21st, 2011 at 12:19 pm


The winner is Shannon B – comment #66 – who wrote:

“We are summer people for the weather but have only been there in the fall at Hallowe’en. This would be such a blessing since I have gone back to school and there is zero $ for entertainment! Thanks for the chance!”

Yaaaay! Congratulations Shannon! Thank you all for entering, and thank you as well to Saunders Farm for hosting this giveaway and helping families make great family memories: Summer AND Fall.

Happy Family Day everyone!

86 | Shannon B

February 21st, 2011 at 10:21 pm


Thank you thank you!!! So excited. We will put this to very good use!!

87 | Shannon B

February 27th, 2011 at 9:50 am


Hi Andrea! Did you receive my emails? I haven’t heard from him yet re: the pass. I just wanted to make sure you got my replies and didn’t think I hadn’t seen your message. Please let me know?

88 | Sylvie.a.

April 18th, 2013 at 2:06 pm


I never been to Funhaven before but i know When i go my both kids would have a blast at Toddler Play Area & Skill Games & Prizes, This would be a Chance to Let my Two kids have a blast all year long, since that i cant afford a year pass for both & added two aldults. Please Pick me but if you Dont Good luck to Everyone!

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