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Things to do in LA: Underwood Farms

Nestled within rolling hills about 50 miles north of Los Angeles is a well-known working farm among families with small children, Underwood Farms. It’s open year-round, but the most exciting time to go is during their Fall Festival. We took the kids this year, hoping that there would still be a ton of activities to choose from. Unfortunately, because of COVID, Underwood left much to be desired. We’ve come to Underwood for over ten years, and it was disappointing to see that they hadn’t tried very hard to make it fun and exciting during CoVid.

In years past, my kids loved the bean pit, giant tricycles, panning for gold, mini tractors, racers, and especially the corn maze. All that was gone this year, and so the normal entry fee of $8 (weekdays), $15 (weekends) seemed very pricey for not much entertainment. The only things they had open were a few animals that you could see (but not touch), the tractor ride around the farm, a few hay pyramids around the pumpkin patch, the pumpkin house (see below photo), a tractor display, and their pumpkin decorating contest display.

The pumpkin patch was a bit picked over when we went a few days before Halloween, yet there were still plenty to choose from, and take photos with! C’mon – what family these days doesn’t want their annual family pumpkin photo?

The prices for pumpkins were definitely more than you’d find at your local Trader Joe’s or Smart and Final, but they were actually pretty reasonably priced for this field trip. About $12-$15 will get you a good-sized pumpkin.

I hope next year Underwood Farms will have better offerings during its Fall Festival. One can only hope that the fear of CoVid dies down and everything can go back to a bit of normalcy!

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