Fall Family Fun in Waterloo Region

Fall Family Fun in Waterloo RegionFall Family Fun in Waterloo Region
by Amy Allen-Muncey

Hey kiddo’s, it’s that time again. Start packing up those backpacks and think about all the amazing things to be learned again this year… both in the classroom and out! I’ve put together some of our family’s favourite fall activities for both learning and fun, so grab your parents, siblings and friends and check out one (or all)  of these amazing, local spots.

Steckle Heritage Farm

little girl with the animals at Steckle Family Farm

Variety of dates
811 Bleams Rd, Kitchener, Ontario
Variety of Pricing
If you haven’t visited Steckle’s with your family before, be prepared to feel like you’re in a little slice of country heaven right within Kitchener’s city limits. This is a unique working farm that also educates, inspires and delights any farming enthusiast (or soon-to-be enthusiast)! There are a variety of reasons to visit the farm from the adorable animals to the heritage barn to the veggies and greenery abounding all around. This site is mainly centred around programs and events, so be sure to check out their website for information pertaining to your family’s ages and interest levels. Some of the events you might enjoy are Little Farmers or Little Farmers Books and Cooks!

Cambridge Fall Fair

poster for the Cambridge Fair

September 6 – 9, 2018
30 Parkhill Rd, West, Cambridge, Ontario
Saturday & Sunday: $13 Adult, $5 Child under 10, FREE under 2. Thursday & Sunday: FREE  (check out their website for pre-purchased pass discounts)
Who doesn’t love a fall fair! For me, it brings back all of those memories as a kid… crisp fall days, candy apples, carnival games, friends and fun! The Cambridge Fall Fair also has a great lineup of additional activities like a mini-van demolition derby, monster truck rides, The AC/DC Show and the main event, Gowan. Find out specifics and plan your days on the fair’s website.

Herrle’s Country Farm Market

child carving a pumpkin for Halloween

Mid June – October 31
1243 Erb’s Rd, St Agatha, Ontario
Not only is Herrle’s the place to be all summer long for gorgeous strawberries, delectable peaches and to-die-for sweet corn, this family run market is an absolute treasure during the fall for getting lost in the corn maze, jumping in the giant inflatable pumpkin and, of course, choosing the perfect soon-to-be jack-o’-lantern. While you’re there, let the enticing smells of the bakery lead you inside to find delicious pies, cookies, breads and rolls to fresh-picked corn, tomatoes, apples, and veggies galore. Don’t forget the wall of herrle’s own preserves and other local goodies.

Hold The Line – Cycling and Folk Music Festival

September 7-8, 2018
1560 Carmel-Koch Rd, St Agatha, Ontario
$20 adults, children under 16 FREE
Held on a local farm just outside of Waterloo, this 2nd annual music festival offers plenty of activities for the whole family to explore. While the long-distance bike-ride might not suit the smallest riders, Friday evening’s campfire performances and Saturday’s all day music schedule will be a wonderful addition to your weekend’s late summer fun. A large part of the Hold The Line Festival is a focus on sustainability. Local food and drink will be for sale and compostable/recyclable containers are used to decrease the festival’s impact on the environment.

Pick a Pumpkin at Shantz Family Farm

mother and baby choosing a pumpkin at Shantz Family Farm

September 20th – November 1, 2018
1544 Bleams Rd, Petersburg, Ontario
FREE. Produce is available for purchase
Autumn… pumpkin patch… need I say more? This beautiful family run farm offers a fun outdoor experience for your family with a corn maze (plus a straw maze for the wee ones), a preschool-sized playground, gorgeous farm animals to visit and a u-pick pumpkin patch just in time for Hallowe’en. While you’re there, pick up some lovely autumn decor from pumpkins and gourds, to straw bales and corn stalks. On October weekends, the snack shack is open too.

baby in a carved out pumpkin