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26 Jul, 2018

Summer fun at Saunders Farm (and something extra you might not expect!)

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Fishbowl patrons|Ottawa

As many of you already know, Saunders Farm is a longtime Fishbowl patron. We’ve visited Saunders in every season possible and have always had a good time. When the girls were small we enjoyed daytime visits in the fall in the lead up to Halloween and as they got older we slowly ramped up the scare factor. And then the kids started venturing out for the scarier evening activities at Saunders, sans parents. Well, I’d go too, but just for the fudge. ;)

Some Ottawa-area folks plan their visit to Saunders in the fall for their spooktacular daytime (milder) and nighttime (scarier) fun but I’m here to say that you shouldn’t hesitate to visit during the summer months too.

It’s a little quieter in the summer, for starters, and you get to enjoy the same great mazes, play structures, pedal carts, wagon rides, and Jumbo Jumpers (I love those!) with the addition of a splash pad for a fun cooldown. It’s definitely a relaxed atmosphere! I, for one, enjoyed chilling out in the shade while my kids wore themselves out on the play structures.

Another highlight of the summer season at Saunders is their Farm Fresh Dinners. You can read more about their dinners in this past post. It’s a fantastic experience and if you haven’t gone, GO. There’s nothing like it. Check out the dates of upcoming dinners – and the droolworthy menus – right here.

Also taking place this summer is the Amazing 5K! And it really is AMAZING.

It’s taking place August 12, 2018 and it’s supporting Tysen’s Mission to a Million benefiting Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario.

The Amazing 5k route will feature activities and stations throughout the farm, including a Hedge Maze, a Corn Maze, hills, forests, swings, hay structures and lots of surprises.

It’s a great cause AND a great deal. Early Bird registration before July 31st is $59 plus HST. Regular registration is $79 plus HST.

What you get:

  • Registration to an AMAZING event for all ages
  • Souvenir buff
  • A complimentary post-race craft beer or wine (19+)
  • Complimentary Slushie stations and snacks
  • 1 free admission to Haunting Season on opening day (September 22, 2018)
  • $20 from every registration supports Tysen’s Mission to a Million through the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Eastern Ontario. ($20 tax receipt issued)

The Amazing 5k sounds like a blast and Saunders is the perfect setting for it. Click here to register, or just to make a donation to Tysen’s Mission!


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