Hands-on Fun for Fall at Slide Ranch
Slide Ranch is a great place for family members of all ages. We tried out one of their family farm days in the past and my kids had a great time petting the sheep planting seeds, milking a goat, and making nature crafts. They offer guided tours and lots of hands-on activities, including collecting eggs from chickens, planting seeds, sampling from their organic garden, learning to make crafts and food just like the early farmers, and exploring the nearby tide pools.
Slide Ranch is located off of Shoreline Highway in Muir Beach. Below is a list of their upcoming fall events. Registration for fall is not yet open, so watch their website for updates. You'll want to register as soon as possible, as their programs usually sell out way in advance. Slide Ranch members get early access to registration, so consider joining. For for information and registration visit www.slideranch.org.
Slide Ranch's beloved Harvest Festival is a day-long celebration featuring the fun variety of hands-on activities typical of a day at Slide, with additional guest educators, performances, delicious farm fresh food for sale and much more.
- Harvest Celebration
Saturday, October 20, 10 am–4 pm
Fall Family Farm Days
Family Farm Days at Slide Ranch are relaxed four-hour programs that feature a wide range of activities related to the day's theme. Cost: $35 per person; children 35 months and under are free.
- Halloween Family Farm Day
Saturday, October 27, 10 am–2 pm
The ranch will host special tricks and treats during Slide Ranch’s Halloween Family Farm Day. Activities may include making costumes with recycled materials, face painting, taking a spooky tour of the Slide Ranch garden, investigating worm compost, and cooking up some tasty treats in the outdoor kitchen. Visitors will get a chance to practice trick or treating around the ranch. Costumes are welcome and encouraged!
- Give Thanks to Food Family Farm Day
Saturday, November 17, 10 am–2 pm
Celebrate food and where it comes from! This family farm day will take you on a journey through the full cycle of seed to meal, and exploring crops from the Slide Ranch garden and food traditions from around the world. Help fire up the cob oven to bake bread and make butter from scratch. You'll also learn about the rich history of dairy farmers in Marin.
Fall Family Campout 2018
Slide Ranch's Family Campouts are special overnight trips for the whole family featuring farm activities, crafts, and nature exploration. Enjoy a potluck dinner on Saturday night, and gather round the campfire for stories and songs, then set up camp in a spectacular coastal meadow under the stars! On Sunday everyone helps with farm work before enjoying a continental breakfast, then makes and bakes treats harvested from our organic garden. Cost: $95 per person; children 35 months and under are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and participants must provide their own camping equipment and a dish to share at the Saturday night potluck.
Campouts begin at 10 am on Saturday and end by 1 pm on Sunday.
- Saturday, November 3–Sunday, November 4
Enjoy experiencing the farm and gardens through your child’s eyes. Perfect for families with toddlers and babies. Experience milking a goat, holding a warm egg from a chicken, and exploring the farm. Activities are toddler age appropriate, but all ages welcome. Cost: $30 per person; children 23 months and under are free.
Toddler Days take place from 9 am to noon.
- Fall Toddler Day #1: Saturday, September 22
- Fall Toddler Day #2: Saturday, September 29
For more information on programs and activities at Slide Ranch, visit their website or call (415) 381-6155. Sliding scale rates for some programs are available; call the Slide Ranch program office at (415) 381-6155 for information. Slide Ranch is located a 2025 Shoreline Highway in Muir Beach.
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