A recently discovered alternative to the indoors, going outside offers adventurous explorers exposure to things such as wind, sunshine, and the naturally occurring mazes found in cornfields. Leave the indoors with this Groupon.
$10 for a Day at the PumpkinFest Fall Festival for Two ($20 Value)
On Saturday, September 29, the historic Suffolk County Farm hosts a festival celebrating the autumn season. Visitors navigate a corn maze, roll through the grounds during wagon rides, and join in carnival games and pumpkin picking. They can also get up close with the farm's resident sheep and llamas and listen to live country music.
Suffolk County Farm and Education Center
The sounds of bleating sheep and braying donkeys, occasionally interspersed with the children’s laughter, waft across the fields of the 100-year-old, 250-acre working farm. At Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, staffers and 4-H educators help children in preschool through grade 12 participate in outdoor education and recreation, including opportunities to get up close to the resident animals.
Teachers introduce ecological concepts such as the best way to hug a tree in the outdoor Nature Explore Classroom, where 50-foot-tall arborvitaes and flowering cherry trees border open spaces for free play that includes a raised herb garden, a 138-year-old hay barn, and a climbing area. In warm weather, instructors also helm the Green Youth Initiative, which teaches students how to grow leaves from their fingertips and what their impact on the environment means. At different times throughout the year, staffers shift their focus to seasonal celebrations, with special events such as corn mazes and the Pumpkin Fling—a pumpkin catapult contest.