Homeschool Days

Fall Homeschool Days

Thurs., Sep. 19th ** Tues., Sep. 24th ** Thurs., Oct. 3rd ** Tues., Oct. 22nd

By reservation only! Part of our mission at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival is to provide education through entertainment. The land that is now Vala’s Pumpkin Patch has been a working farm for over 100 years, and we love to help children learn about agriculture and appreciate farms.

How It Works

Parents and their homeschooled children may take advantage of the school group student rates and stay all day and evening. Be prepared to show your letter from the State Department of Education. Reservations are required and must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Your reservation for one of the educational tours qualifies you for the discounted educational tour rates. Prices for each child vary according to the type of school tour. All tours include Admission, Train Ride, a coupon for $2.50 off a pumpkin, all attractions and live shows. By showing the pumpkin coupon, any pumpkin less than 5 pounds is free (about the size of the child’s head).

The Admission price for homeschool adults and older students, ages 16 and over, is discounted to $7.99. Includes Admission, Train Ride, all attractions and live shows. Ages 2 and under are free.

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Booking Reservations

See the descriptions below to decide which experience fits your objectives. NEW this year is making your reservation on-line using the form below, or email Lois at homeschool@valaspumpkinpatch.com 

Include the following information:
Name
E-mail address
Phone #
Grade levels of students
# of students, ages 6 to 15 (younger siblings welcome)
# of parents or adults, age 16 or over
Date, time, and type of Field Trip you are reserving (see times and descriptions below)

You may also call 402-332- 4200 to make a reservation and please let us know that you are a Homeschool family or group.

Pumpkin Harvest
(Fun for all ages)

This event is for homeschooled children, ages 6 to 15 (younger siblings welcome). This is a self-guided experience on the farm with no sit-down lesson. Fun and educational, there are over 50 attractions and 2 live shows, all included. Take a hay rack ride to see how pumpkins grow, walk through the Apple Education Barn, and see the educational displays throughout the farm. Have fun on the Jumping Pillows and take a free train ride. Each child will take home a small pumpkin. The cost is $7.99 per child, ages 3 to 15. Parents and students ages 16 and older are also $7.99 per person. Price includes Admission, Train Ride, all attractions and live shows, and a coupon for $2.50 off a pumpkin for each child ages 3 to 15. Ages 2 and under are free. Because these prices are only for Homeschool families, be prepared to show paperwork that identifies you as a Homeschool family.

$7.99 per child
Includes Admission, Train Ride, a small pumpkin, all attractions and live shows. (Babies & 2-year-olds are free.)

Apple Lesson and Orchard Experience

(Fun for all, lesson for ages 6 to 15)

This event is for homeschooled children, ages 6 to 15 (younger siblings welcome). Our Vala’s Staff Educators know all about apple growing, the importance of bees for pollination, how to pick apples, and other farm information. Lessons can be adjusted to the age level of the participants. The children will be taken into the Apple Education Barn for a 15-minute lesson. As they are led into the orchard they will be able to see a variety of apple picking and sorting equipment. In the orchard you and the children will see first-hand how apples grow and watch them pick their own apples. Each child will pick and take home a small bag of apples and a small pumpkin. Allow 30 minutes for the lesson and orchard experience. The cost is $8.99 per child, ages 3 to 15. Parents and students ages 16 and older are $7.99 per person. Prices include Admission, Train Ride, all attractions and live shows, and a coupon for $2.50 off a pumpkin for each child ages 3 to 15. Ages 2 and under are free. Because these prices are only for Homeschool families, be prepared to show paperwork that identifies you as a Homeschool family when you check in at the Admissions Barn.

Lesson times available:

Sept. 19th : 1pm, 1:30pm (FULL)
Tues., Sep. 24th : 1pm, 1:30pm
Thurs., Oct. 3rd : 12pm, 12:30pm, 1:00pm

$8.99 per child
Includes Admission, Train Ride, a bag of apples, a small pumpkin, all attractions and live shows.

 

Pollination Lesson
(Fun for all, lesson for ages 6 to 15)

This event is for homeschooled students, ages 6 to 15 (younger siblings welcome). This 30-minute Science lesson is taught by beekeeper Wendy Fletcher, owner of It’s All About Bees. The children will learn about pollination, the importance of bees on the farm, hive behavior, how bees make honey, and how honey is collected. Students take home an 8 oz. Honey Bear and a small pumpkin. The cost is $10.99 per student, ages 3 to 15. Parents and students ages 16 and older are $7.99 per person. Prices include Admission, Train Ride, all attractions and live shows, and a coupon for $2.50 off a pumpkin for each child, ages 3 to 15. Ages 2 and under are free. Because these prices are only for Homeschool families, be prepared to show paperwork that identifies you as a Homeschool family when you check in at the Admissions Barn.

Lesson times available:

Thurs., Oct. 3rd : 10:30am, 11:00am (FULL), 11:30am (FULL), 12:00pm (FULL) and 12:30pm (FULL)
Tues., Oct. 22nd : 11:30am and 12:00pm

$10.99 per child
Includes Admission, Lesson, Train Ride, small pumpkin, Honey Bear, all attractions and live shows.

Apples, Pumpkins, and Pollination

This event is for homeschooled students, ages 6 to 15 (younger siblings welcome). Combine several science objectives with a fun- filled day at Vala’s. First, at noon report to the Pavilion for a 30-minute Science lesson taught by beekeeper Wendy Fletcher, owner of It’s All About Bees. The children will learn about pollination, the importance of bees on the farm, hive behavior, how bees make honey, how honey is collected, and time to ask questions. Then, at your reserved time of 1:30pm the Vala’s Staff Educators will conduct a 15-minute lesson in the Apple Education Barn classroom. Next, the children will be taken into the orchard where they will learn how apples grow, how to pick an apple, the importance of honey bees, and other farm information appropriate for the developmental level of the class. Your visit also includes over 50 attractions, 3 live shows, and a free train ride. Students take home a small bag of apples, an 8 oz. Honey Bear, and a small pumpkin. The cost is $14.99 per child, ages 3 to 15. Parents and students ages 16 and older are $7.99 per person. Price includes Admission, Train Ride, all attractions and live shows, and a coupon for $2.50 off a pumpkin for each child ages 6 to 15 (younger siblings welcome). Ages 2 and under are free. Because these prices are only for Homeschool families, be prepared to show paperwork that identifies you as a Homeschool family.

Lesson times available: Th, Oct. 3rd
Apple Lesson: 1:30pm
Pollination Lesson: 11am, 11:30am, 12pm or 12:30pm

$14.99 per child
Includes Admission, Lesson, Train Ride, small pumpkin, Honey Bear, all attractions and live shows.

Homeschool Reservations

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FAQs
Homeschool Check-In

Upon arrival follow the directional signs and proceed to the admissions window with your children, pay, and receive the tickets for admission. If you have another adult with you, unload the children and have them wait near the entrance but out of the parking lot. A Vala’s staff member will be helping to direct the children to a safe area to wait. After checking in you will receive a gate ticket and a train ride ticket for each person and a pumpkin coupon for each child.

Lunch

You may bring in your own lunches or buy your lunches at any of the food locations at Vala’s. Our school lunch special, available only in the Country Bakery, is $4.95 per person for your choice of a slice of Valentino’s Cheese Pizza, a Hot Dog, or a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich, and a drink (juice box or milk). You do not need order in advance, just go through the line and order this school lunch option.

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