It was a pleasant experience for both Clodagh and I when we went to Underwood Family Farms. It is located one hour away from Los Angeles and the drive was not bad at all. We left LA around 8:30 in the morning to avoid traffic. It was Clodagh’s first school field trip and she was very excited to go. I was not feeling well because of a cold, but still managed to make the trip with her. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world! We got to spend quality one-on-one time with each other. This is very rare for us as I have two other kids.
THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS AT UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARMS
Picking strawberries can be so much fun – Underwood Farm is a wonderful place for families to go to during Spring. It is the perfect weather to be outdoors. Make sure to wear your boots because it can be muddy there. You are going to the farm, so dress like a farmer. We had so much fun picking strawberries. Nothing is more precious than seeing my daughter picking fruits in a field full of strawberries. She likes the little ones because she thinks they are baby strawberries. Moreover, freshly picked strawberries taste so much sweeter than the ones from a store. Clodagh now understands where fruits and vegetables come from. I think she appreciates the value of fruits and vegetables a lot more now.
Plenty of playground for kids to run around – Parents love seeing their kids go wild on the playground. However, it can be chaotic when it gets too crowded. You have a harder time keeping an eye on the little munchkins. Luckily, Underwood Farms has more than one playground, so there is plenty of space for parents to sit and for children to play. We went on a weekday, so it was less crowded than usual, which is a plus.
Watch, touch and feed farm animals – One thing kids love is seeing real animals on a farm. The look of Clodagh’s face was unforgettable when she saw chickens walking around the playground. She was able to feed them, along with goats, horses and pigs as well. Make sure to bring quarters for purchasing animal food to avoid temper tantrums.
Who doesn’t like pony rides? – My daughter loves pony rides. She was afraid of it before, but now she’s 4 years old. She can’t stop smiling and feeling ecstatic every time she rides a pony. You will need to purchase tickets to ride the ponies. Tickets are available at the ticket booth located at the farm entrance.
The Bumble Bee ride might be the most relaxing experience at the farm – Parents and kids love the Bumble Bee ride because it is the longest of all the rides. You circle around the entire farm while looking at fantastic views of the crop fields and mountains beyond. It can be quite bumpy though, but it is still my favorite ride.
There are so many fun things to do at the Underwood Farm, we didn’t have time to get to them all. Being there in Springtime is definitely special. It is very relaxing and fun. I had a beautiful experience with my daughter. We also like coming here in Fall to pick our pumpkins for Halloween. Sometimes getting out of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, is what is needed (as parents) to spend quality time with our kids.