fore! at linvilla orchards, media, pa

by Barb on February 8, 2012

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Inside Linvilla's Garden Center

Yesterday, my youngest son and I enjoyed a day out at Linvilla Orchard‘s Garden Center along with other local Philly Social Media Moms. After being treated to lunch in the cafe area of the Garden Center, we checked out the new miniature golf, Fore!, set up in the back.

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Fore!

With a range of sizes for the clubs, everyone had the chance to play the 18-hole course, plus learn more about taking care of our planet along the way.

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Gerber Daisies

I was mesmerized by the beautiful plants in the Center, including these Gerber Daisies. I’d like to go back to pick up herb plants for a windowsill garden. If you want preplanted veggie seeds, you can pick up a domed pot with hot peppers or other varieties inside.

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James excited to be playing golf

My son James took a little while to warm up, and then he had a great time playing golf. The course is great for 3 and up with parental assistance for the younger ones.

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Inside Fore!

Just outside Fore! is the amazing maze made up of 1,400 Christmas trees. The trees were donated by local Boy Scout troops, churches, and other sellers after Christmas.

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Inside the Christmas tree maze

First the boys led the way in the maze with their yellow flag.

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Still inside the tree maze

Then, Jessica of Delaware County Moms took over as we realized that we were lost. Yes, we saw the gazebo about a gadzillion times. Little ones disappeared in the trees. An executive decision was made. We cut through the trees, and found the 2 little ones watching the fish in the fish tank in the Garden Center.

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Feeding the cow

Taking advantage of the beautiful weather, we ended our visit by feeding the animals.

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Apple Cider Donuts

Of course, no visit to Linvilla Orchards is complete without a bag of their apple cider donuts sold in the bakery section of the farm market. While you’re there, pick up some of the half price fruits and veggies, a winter special until mid-March. Throw in locally made jams and jellies plus Pennsylvania maple syrup and you have yourself a feast!

If you go:

Linvilla Orchards is stroller-friendly around the farm market, garden center, playground, and animal feeding areas. I wouldn’t recommend bringing a stroller for the pick your own during the summer. Linvilla’s policy is to drive its customers in a flat-bed truck to the picking areas.

The picnic area is between the farm market and the playground. During the summer, there are performances on the stage near by. The playground is free to use though they ask for a donation at the gate. There’s a small maze in the playground area good for ages 8 and up.

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Open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday
Open 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday

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My opinions in this post are my own and not those of Linvilla Orchards. I received 2 free lunches and a cookie in return for attending this event.

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Barb Hoyer has written 3516 posts.

After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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Diane February 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Great photos! It was fun seeing you there…wish we had a chance to chat more. I always get overwhelmed with keeping an eye on my son…then of course that tree maze took forever! James is a cutie!
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Barb February 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Thanks! I’m not sure I want to take my other kids into the tree maze. :(

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Cheeryshirley February 9, 2012 at 2:13 am

Oh! What fun you had! James will remember this day f.o.r.e.v.e.r!!! :) Love the look on his face! Scary losing them in the tree maze…yep! Moms take over when their little ones are in trouble! :) This post made me smile…and smile! So glad you could have such a great place to go! It seems you have lots of such places in Philly! I am thinking of the tinker-toy museum! The “eats” sounds great, too! Cheeryshirley

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Barb February 9, 2012 at 7:46 am

Yes, there are lots of great places in Philly for kids! I want to get to them more often with the kids, especially James. We have another Flat Stanley project coming up for my soon-to-be 1st grader. I was thinking of taking FS to the Civil War spots in the area or just focusing on historical war spots.

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