Sunday, May 28, 2017

Cherry picking family field trip in Southern California.

Let’s go cherry picking this summer. A few weeks ago, I received a reminder that cherries were in season. Our schedule is very tight so I immediately began to plan the best day for us to travel to a local farm. Finding a cherry farm that was open during the Memorial Day weekend was almost impossible. Most of the cherry farms were opening weeks after the Memorial Day weekend or later in the month of June. I had given up when I suddenly found Cherry Hill Farm in Leona Valley, CA, near Palmdale, open for one day only. This was the first time I would be taking the family to go cherry picking and therefore, I did not know what to expect. Saturday arrived; I packed a small picnic lunch and mapped out our destination. The ride was just shy of 2 hours long. The route that we took was the 5 freeway heading north connecting to the 14 freeway exiting San Canyon Rd, turned onto Bouquet Canyon Rd and drove for several miles through The Angeles National Forest. The address of Cherry Hill Farm is 39300 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Leona Valley, CA 93551. 
The drive was far for us however we really enjoyed taking several rest stops throughout the road trip. We arrived right as the doors opened and we were lucky enough to have great weather. The farm charged $20.00 for one bucket per two people. We ended up buying two buckets for the four of us. The kids were excited to pick the cherries. The experience was great because we picked as a family. The trees were full of cherries and were short enough to easily pick to the top of the trees approximately 8 foot tall. Although a smaller farm compared to a few others we passed, there were plenty of trees for all of the families to enjoy. The cherries are sweet and far better off the tree than buying them in the store. The fruit easily separates from the pit and they are so juicy. When picking the fruit, choose the deepest, darkest maroon colored cherries to ensure the best pick. The buckets used to collect your pick can hold 3 to 3.5 lbs of cherries. This farm is an organic farm so the price is well worth it. The farms are a first come first serve basis and crop conditions can change daily. It is important you call or check their website prior to making your trip to ensure the best time for your entire family. Go cherry picking this season!!!
Cherry Parade in Leona Valley is this June 3rd, 2017 start time is 10am.

List of farms that are open for the season 2017 and other places you should visit that are nearby. Please call to confirm that they are not sold out before traveling.

http://www.upickcherries.com/index.htm - Opens May 30th 

https://www.facebook.com/WhalleysOrchard/ - Opens June 3rd in Little Rock, California 

http://www.cherryhillfamilyfarm.com/ - Closed for 2017 

U -pick cherries 7651 EAst Ave U, Little Rock, California. (no website. We drove by it and saw the sign.)

http://www.myleonavalley.org/CHERRY_PARADE___FESTIVAL.html

https://www.facebook.com/Joshuatreecollective/

http://charliebrownfarms.com/
Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. All thoughts and ideas are all my own. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Southern California Family Field Trips for May

Family field trip opportunities are abundant in the month of May throughout Southern California. The list of adventures that are waiting for you and your family include blue berry picking, discovery of over a million bug species and even an Italian festival. 

Blueberry picking at Temecula Berry Company farm is now open. They are open from 8 AM until 6 PM.  Enjoy the sunshine and beautiful rows of blueberry bushes while capturing some incredible family photos.  The freshly picked berries will be a family favorite.  Visit their website at: http://www.temeculaberryco.com/
Temecula Berry Company is located at 39700 Cantrell Road Temecula, CA 92591
temecula farm
The Temecula Berry Company is a pick-your own blueberries farm. Walk up to the little red barn and get a cute bucket for picking. Make sure to apply sunscreen and bring water because it gets super-hot out in the field. Once you pick your desired amount of blueberries, bring your basket back to the pay station. Only wash the ones you are going to eat as the washing speeds up the aging process and your berries will spoil faster. The farm only takes cash and they do not allow eating while in the fields. The experience will leave your family with a full belly of yummy blueberries. It is a great road trip adventure for our family.  Prices are subject to change, please check the website frequently for more information.
Natural History Museum

Bug Fair 
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007
https://nhm.org/site/activities-programs/bug-fair

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has an extraordinary Bug Fair, May 20th and 21st. Over 50 vendors will have hundreds of species of insects on display and for sale. Interact and enjoy a hands-on experience with research and collection staff members while enjoying live animal presentations. Adult admission is $12.00 and kids 3-12 are $5.00. This admission price does not include the Butterfly Pavilion which is an additional $5.00 per person.  There are other exhibit options to choose from, visit their website for additional information. Make sure you arrive early because it does get really crowded and busy. 
santa barbara chalk
Photo credit IMadonnari 
Old Santa Barbara Mission 
2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Italian Festival - http://www.imadonnarifestival.com/
Old Mission Santa Barbara will host a fun street chalk painting festival during the Memorial Day Weekend, May 27th - 29th. Walk around and experience colorful chalk paintings by local artists. The festival is named after Italian street painters who traditionally depicted the Madonna. This event raises funds for the Children's Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program. 


Find more events and field trip ideas on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FieldtripmomFTM/?fref=nf

Disclosure: Not a sponsored post. To ensure a great adventure always check the website and or vendor for hours of operation.