Fall is that time
of year when nature goes out of the way to showcase its glory and we
start to slow down from the hectic pace of summer.
Enjoy the beauty
of fall at a pace that you control by making reservations to visit
May-Lan Tree Plantation during October. May-Lan has fun and
educational activities designed for groups of children second grade
and below. If you can’t make it on a weekday, May-Lan is open on
Saturdays and Sundays to the general public with no minimums and no reservations
required. Activities on Saturdays are the same as on weekdays but
there is a special event usually taking place as well.
visit starts with a hayride through the farm. Along the way you will
not only see our trees in various stages of growth but you will see
the Broomhead and Pumpkinhead staff going about their normal farm
duties—we hope. Sometimes they can get into a little mischief.
Feel free to holler at them if they are not working or just to say
“Hi”. Also watch for the “Tree People” emerging from certain trees.
At the conclusion
of your ride your tractor driver will help you off the hay wagon, give
instructions and they are gone!
You then follow your kids through the maze, hoping not to get too
lost, until you reach the “Bat Cave”. Be sure to take advantage
of the educational information posted at the entrance to this 100 foot
Continue on the
path until you reach “Bugsy the Caterpillar”, where our
as to what to do and how to go about it. If adults are asked to help,
please jump right in. Your job
will be simply to help insure the safety of your kids and to help keep
Alley”, the kids can use one or more of the provided bridges to cross
the swamp WITHOUT getting off into the quicksand or waking the
sleeping gators. You may use any number of bridges to make as many
crossings as you wish!
Barnyard Buddies are a treat for all!
Information will be posted for all the animals, as well as games. Here
folks will learn that eggs, to not originate at Bi-Lo.
in your party (including adults) are made familiar with
our “Conduct Policy”, which is on
this web site and posted at the entrance to our livestock area. This
is strictly enforced! Also remind everyone that these animals are not
pets and will peck or bite!
“Pumpkin Patch” is ruled by the “Pumpkin Lady”, who takes very good
care of her
of several hundred pie (or sugar) pumpkins. Listen carefully as she
teaches you about pumpkins and
tells you how to care for them! Everyone who has gone on the hayride
gets to choose their own pumpkin to carry home.
the farm are games and picture opportunities, so don’t forget the
camera Teachers- here are a bunch of bulletin board ideas for you.
vary, we have made three farm tour packages available.
Package 1 is our complete "Have a Ball in the Fall", which
includes ALL of the activities. It is just $9.00 per
person. If you just can't handle that much fun, we also have
Package 2 which includes the hayride, a visit with the Barnyard
Buddies and choosing a pie pumpkin. That option is only $7.00
per person. If an old-fashioned hayride is what you are looking
for, Package 3 is available for only $4.00 per person.
Reservations are REQUIRED for all of
these activities (except on Saturday).
are scheduled for weekdays in October only.
Registrations are required! Call
May-Lan (243-3092) early for the best dates and times.
your pumpkins feel free to use our picnic area to enjoy your lunch. As
there are limited tables, we urge you to get the kids to bring a towel
to eat on while adults use the tables. Please instill in your kids the
importance of using a trash can.
The picnic area
is fenced so you can let the kids run crazy and still be able to watch
them from anywhere within that area. Feel free to let them play on
MULCH MOUNTAIN. The MOUNTAIN is made
up of 2 slides, a bridge, 4 tunnels and over 450 cubic yards of mulch.
(We do require adult supervision at the Mountain!) We do not
charge extra for mulch carried home in socks, pockets, or ears.
on site, as well as a hand wash facility. There are plenty of trash
cans on the property.
snacks, and other goodies are available at The Tree Stand, so be sure
to check it out! Jams, jellies, ciders, and ideas by local artist are
available for you or a friend. You will also find mums, all sizes of
pumpkins, corn stalks, gourds and winter squash. Be sure to keep a
heads up for flying pigs ‘cause they get loopy this time of year.
required for participation on anything that is part of the hayride.
Weekday visits are by reservation only and are scheduled for 9:00 thru
12:00. Our retail items are open to those people included in our
groups for that day. The public is welcome to visit from 1:00 to 4:30
on Monday thru Friday for retail items only.
The public is
invited to visit Saturday’s for hayrides from 10:00 till 4:30. Sunday hayrides are from
1:00 till 4:30. Gates close at 5:15.
Reservations are NOT required for Saturday or Sunday visits. Wagons
run roughly every 15 minutes and are loaded first come, first served.
The last wagon of the day runs no later than 4:30. Full
ticket price is required to go through any part of the hayride. Be
to check our events calendar to learn of the many fun activities we
offer on Saturdays.
staff looks forward to meeting you, so go ahead and make your
reservations now to tie-down the best spots. And please call with any
questions you might have!
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