Monday, October 7, 2013

Its Pumpkin Time in Almaden Valley!

Don't you just love pumpkin time... From the warm days and cinnamon-y smells to the outdoor decorations and farm-like gatherings!   I have prepared a list of local family activities, and other ones you may not want to miss, that are going on this October.


Pumpkin Patches


Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch in Morgan Hill at the corner of Santa Teresa and Bailey, features an old- fashioned pumpkin patch with a train, hay rides, picnic area, and petting zoo.  This is one we try to hit each year, and its really close to Almaden! 

Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch  on Monterey Road in Morgan Hill is the place to go for a day trip.  In fact, many schools take their class trips here.  The crew educates you on the development of pumpkins with a tour and short film, there are many rides: hay rides, train rides, a carousel; corn maze, hay stacks, pumpkins galore, picnic and snack bar area, Pumpkin Weigh Off (this weekend, Oct. 12 at 1pm.) Be sure to bring your wallet, they charge for the attractions. 

Pick of the Patch Pumpkins newest location at Blossom Hill and Almaden Expressway.  Lots of fun for kids ages 2-12 with inflatables and lots of pumpkins.  The lot is maintained by ABC Tree Farm. 

Giordano Farms Fall Harvest Pumpkin Patch  on Snell Ave. and Chynoweth.    The Loose Caboose train.... need I say more... bunnies, a huge field of pumpkins with different varieties, a hay maze and a tractor.  My kids LOVE this one! 


Festivals & Events


Halloween Scary Boo at Gilroy Gardens weekends of 10/5-10/27.  ($20 off adult general admission coupon in Bay Area Parent!)

Fall Fun at Happy Hollow weekends in Oct. is loaded with fun fall treats like face painting, corn maze, carnival area, and more. 

Goblyn's Glen in Los Gatos (Oak Meadow Park) weekends in Oct. A fun family haunt!  

Pumpkins in the Park Oct. 12 at Discovery Meadow by the Children's Discovery Museum.  A huge San Jose festival. 

Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont Annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 12.  This one is the real deal, authentically speaking, if you haven't been to Ardenwood, this is the time to go!  

Harvest Faire & Steam Festival at Roaring Camp Railroads Oct. 12-13. Purchase tickets online!
Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival 2012

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival THE Pumpkin Festival and a fun day trip. Oct. 19-20.  

Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills- Halloween Haunts and Little Pumpkin Party (ages 1-4) Oct. 25-27.  Register now, these fun family events will fill up! 

Harvest Festival and Holiday Boutique at the Almaden Community Center & Almaden Library on Oct. 26th. Seasonal booths, activities, stories, a haunted hallway, costume parade, and more. 

Happy Hollow Family Halloween Sleepover Oct. 26  


Have a Happy Halloween! 

Kiley


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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Back to School...Again

Welcome back Almaden Acorn Readers!  

The summer went by quickly with lots of fun and fond memories.  My family experienced San Jose Family Camp for the first time and we can see why so many generations of Almaden families keep returning...We loved it!  Its nestled right by Yosemite National Park on the Tuolumne River, with daily games and activities for kids and families, and wonderful counselors.  We have found a place to call our annual summer family vacation.  If you have never heard of it, check out the website and watch the mini video.  To me, it felt like going to the Y camps I attended during summers of my youth, but with parents, too! 

Now my kids are heading back at school, two have started back in elementary school and the last is waiting patiently for his preschool to begin the week after Labor Day.  As the summer winds down, with its cool mornings and hot afternoons, I am enjoying the return of a routine but still the freedom to play with the kids.  Next week, however, Almaden Valley Youth Soccer League begins, the Little Gym semester starts, we have our first Girl Scouts Brownie meeting, and other sports and after school classes will, too, pick up.  So will things to do around the valley.  I love this time of year!

I find myself wondering, as I program in dates and times for the various activities, what will I do while the kids are at school?  Don't get me wrong, I have a full plate of commitments to being a Brownie Leader, Project Cornerstone reader, soccer team manager, classroom helper,co-op preschool parent, and walking our puppy (she is sitting under my chair now waiting to go walk, so I had to include her!). But will I carve out time to continue writing the Almaden Acorn, too?  

I have decided to ask you, my readers.  I have included a poll on the right side of the Almaden Acorn blog site. Please check off all that apply. 
Would you like to receive:
1. The Almaden Acorn weekly e-mailed calendars "This Week in a Nutshell"
2. Bi-monthly e-mailed calendars (every other week)
3. The Almaden Acorn Facebook posts AND the e-mailed (weekly or bi-monthly) calendars 
4. ONLY the Facebook posts
5. NONE of the above

Please take a moment to vote for your preference/s.  I would greatly appreciate it!  I have truly enjoyed writing the Almaden Acorn, and creating a resource for our Almaden families and teens.  I would like to know, though, if I am helping YOU!  

Enjoy the sunshine and start of school! 

Warmly,
Kiley



Wednesday, June 5, 2013

It's Summertime!

Enjoy your family this summer!  I will be back when school resumes.  Until then, check the Acorn's facebook page for up to date events and activities.  I have a full summer events calendar for you below plus a list of things to do.  Don't forget to see the Nutty Fun page, too, for more places to visit around town.  

Warmly,
Kiley


This Week In a Nutshell

News

Events & Activities


Date
Times
Event
Place
Details
6/6
3PM
Almaden Library

6/7
10:30AM
Almaden Library
Santa Clara Valley Water
District
6/7
8PM-2AM
Happy Hollow
Benefit for Jaguars, Adults
6/8
9AM-1:30PM
Almaden Quicksilver
Casa Grande, bring lunch
6/8
10AM-6PM
History Park
Free, $6 parking
6/8
10:30AM
Almaden Library
All ages
6/8
6:30PM
Testarossa Winery
$200/ticket





6/12
4:30PM
Almaden Library
7/10 too
6/15
8:45AM-12PM
Almaden Quicksilver
Wood Rd.
6/15
10AM-5PM
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
7/25 too
6/15
11AM-2PM
Casa Grande
New Almaden Museum
6/15, 16
3:30-5PM
Hidden Villa Farm
Ages 5+, $25
6/18
5:30-7:30PM
Los Gatos Library
Odd Life of Timothy Green
6/19
7:30-8:15PM
Wodden Horse Toy Store

6/22
2-8PM
Lincoln Ave., Willow Glen
Festival
6/27
3PM
Almaden Library

6/29
3:30-5PM
Hidden Villa Farm
Ages 5+, $12
7/4
10AM-4PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm

7/7
11AM-4PM
History San Jose Park
Pan for gold like a 49er
7/7
11AM, 12PM, 1PM
Hidden Talent Art Studio
$10/person, Registration requested
7/11
6:30-8PM
Graystone Park
7/18, 7/25, 8/1
7/12-21

Montgomery Theater
CMTSJ
7/13-21

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Peninsula Youth Theatre
7/14
9AM-5PM
Hidden Villa Farm
Free
7/25
4PM
Almaden Library

7/26-28
9:30AM-5PM
Roaring Camp Railroad
$19, 8/2,3 & 4 too
7/31

Almaden Library
Entries due 7/31
8/1-4

Fairgrounds


Teen Roble: Almaden Acorn's Events for Teens


News

Events & Activities


Date
Times
Event
Place
Details
6/6-6/13
Times Vary
IMAX Theater
The Tech
6/14
8AM-5PM
San Jose City Hall
“Dream It, Live It”, A Teen Entrepreneurial Conference
7/27-8/4

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Peninsula Youth Theater
7/31

Almaden Library
Entries due 7/31