Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Baltimore With Babes- Pumpkin Fest

It won't be long before we're all house-bound. And I think that beautiful Fall weekends are nature's way of saying "Get out while you can!" What better reason to spend the day outside than this...

Irvine Nature Center will host its 26th annual PumpkinFest, a harvest festival, on Saturday October, 16th and Sunday, October 17th. The autumnal celebration features pumpkin picking, pony rides, live music and other outdoor fun.

The rain-or-shine event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Each child costs $10, which includes a free pumpkin. Adults and children younger than 3 are admitted free. Parking is also free.

Harvest festival attendees will revel in a mixture of activities, including scarecrow-making, hay rides, face painting, animal encounters, puppet shows and guided nature walks. MusicHealsUs will include visitors in a drum circle, and Fiddlesticks and the Gerry Gessie Duo will perform acoustic folk music. There will also be nature-themed art projects for children. All activities are free with paid admission.

"PumpkinFest is great opportunity for families to explore the outdoors during one of the most beautiful seasons of the calendar year - fall," said Irvine's Executive Director Peggy F. O'Neill. She added that the event is fun for all ages, and makes a great weekend outing for families large and small.

Irvine Nature Center is located on 116 acres of woodlands, wetlands and meadows in the breathtaking Caves Valley area. Open year round, Irvine offers opportunities for visitors to explore nature, including special events like PumpkinFest, daily classes of nature-based curriculum for 3 to 5 year olds, public programs, summer camps, field trips, green weddings and an interactive natural history museum. For more information, visit

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