August Daily Goodie Box

 

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If you haven’t checked out www.dailygoodiebox.com yet and like free stuff then what are you waiting for?
You can see my long history with them in my blog and how each box gets better and better. No strings attached and yes they’re really FREE.
Just take a little time to review the product in your profile at their site and that’s it. The manufacturers value their customers feedback, and having it all laid out simply on www.dailygoodiebox.com makes it a one stop source for them and for you to get cool stuff free.
They have the most amazing brand partners featuring new and healthy items for everyone!
August’s box was a fun one! Here is what it included;
Much like a redbull but without the massive sugar count, and packed with iron this little drink is a nice pick me up.
Veroni – Iron Energy

 

Although the flavor isn’t the best, it’s nice to have a healthy energy alternative
RunGum – Energy Gum

 

Ive gotten Napz a few times from my goodie boxes over the years and I have to say, they certainly help give you a relaxing night sleep by calming you.
Napz – All-Natural Sleep Solution

 

I haven’t had to use this yet, but I kind of can’t wait to! I need an excuse 🤣
BrightDay – Hangover Preventions
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This is such a cute brand.  The outstanding packaging it comes in is worth it alone, but the nail polish color is just so cute and trendy. This is good enough to give as a gift if you can part with it.
Trust Fund Beauty – Nail Polish
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These are cute little samples of Grandpa soaps. I love the witch hazel which naturally clarifies your hair folicals and scalp. It has the faintest smell, ordinarily I like a fragrant shampoo, but this was ok.
The Grandpa Soap Co – Witch Hazel Shampoo and Conditioner
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Protein bars are sort if my arch nemesis.  Ive only met one brand that I liked, and sadly this isn’t it.  I love me some peanut butter, but the consistency on this is hard to swallow.  It might just be me being picky!
WOLO WanderBar – Peanut Butter Protein Bar
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The best tea! And oh so cute!
Teapigs – Rhubarb & Ginger Tea
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First of all, yes, an entire BOX of these came in my goodie box. How exciting! Unfortunately I am not a fan of blueberries so I had to spit this out after ther first bite (a little too bitter since it’s all natural) but my husband sure loved these. He ate the entire box of the 5 left in just 2 days. These equal vHealthy and happy husbands!
That’s it – Apple + Blueberries Fruit Bar
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You can also head over to the daily goodie box Facebook to enter to win goodie boxes, prizes, and more!

Liberty Science Center Summer Fun: Dino Dig, Grossology, Arthur’s World, Planetarium and much more!

What a blast my boys and I had today at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City New Jersey.

Today was a perfect day to be at the LSC. 75 and sunny for the morning and we got there bright and early to get a jump start on Dino Dig!

20180721_111058.jpgThis is a view looking down on the exhibit from the 4th floor. It’s a huge area of imagination and digging up REAL (ok, replica) Dinosaur bones!

We’ve been here before, but even though they’ve seen it, my boys still seemed to enjoy it just as if it was the first time again. Finding new dinosaurs, even dinosaurs eggs and poop!

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Not to mention, I cannot get enough of this view! You can pay big money for a view as close as this to the NYC skyline. Many parts of the center allow for outstanding views but the Dino Dig section is basically in its backyard.

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We wanted to also check out some of the featured exhibits on the third floor.  These are the limited time, see em’ while they’re hot, catch them if you can kind of exhibited so I suggest you get on in!

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Arthur’s World is pretty cute.  It is an entire large portion of the 3rd floor dedicated to the children’s show “Arthur”. Although my kids were never into the show, they’ve both read the books and appreciated this fantasy room where they got to feel like they were part of the show.

20180721_101925.jpg They got to pretend to be school teachers and students of the class. There were changes of clothes they can even wear to get into character.

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They also went “camping” and played house complete with a kitchen.

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The most popular new exhibit is the planetarium dome theater show theat runs every hour or so.  It is included with the LSC day pass, but I believe they’d like you to sign up for showtimes to avoid having to turn anyone away.

I remember seeing shows in this awesome dome theater as a child. It used to make me dizzy, and still does,- but it’s worth it!

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They have a few different shows all based on the solar system, we saw “beyond 2 worlds”.

My 6 year old was a bit nervous, gripping on to the seats because of the virtual reality like feeling you get. Eventually he settled down and enjoyed it.  Both kids and myself left with a huge smile and slight headaches and dizziness.  It’s a love/hate relationship!

Last but certainly not least, the awesome new exhibit GROSSOLOGY was so cool!

Having 2 boys, gross is a part of my daily vocabulary… this is not for the queezy people of the world.  Many boogers, burps and farts are thrown around this room.  Many..

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I think my favorite part of this exhibit was the lifesize, real life operation game.  Squishy organs you place one by one into a cartoon body, and then go to work getting a light flashing and buzzing if you even so much as tap the metal sides, just like the game!20180721_10481420180721_104653

They would stay in this exhibit for hours if I let them.

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Aside from the fun new exhibits, we hit up some of our old favorites too. The touch tunnel;

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The animal exhibits!

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And so much more.

You definitely need a full day to really appreciate everything. There is a food court that you can stop and get a bite for lunch or dinner, so plan a full day here… see it all.

Take in all of the knowledge, fun, and views the Liberty Science Center has to offer. You’ll be happy you did!

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Bendy and the Ink Machine Birthday Party

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Anyone else have a child who picks the most odd themes that they want for their birthday party?

My son dropped on me that he really wants to have a Bendy and the Ink Machine birthday party in our yard this year for his birthday next month.  And guess what,  there aren’t any party supplies at all for it at retail stores.

I know that he loves it,  and he watches the videos on you tube,  so guess what? This mommy has to do what mommy has to do to make it happen! Make it!

I decided to do like I did last year when he wanted to have a Five Nights at Freddy’s themed party and the were limited decorations to choose from.  Large cardboard cut outs! Very simple and the best part,  the kids can do most of the work. It isn’t child labor if they request to do it right??!? LOL. Just kidding.  He was so excited to get to work on it.

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The first step we did was getting the images to print out in a larger then one paper format. We used a free site called blockposters.com which helps you convert the images easily to multiple pages to create a poster.

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Look how great my little boy was doing. Yes, he really did this all himself!

Then, we used anything we had around the house that can act as a sturdy back for the image. We had one piece of a gift box,  and some previously used shipping boxes that we cut to lay flat.

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Then you just glue each piece on order,  let them dry, and cut them out on the box.  We also cut eyes holes out so that the kids can use them as masks.

For the happy birthday banner,  I used my cricut explore and downloaded the banner file I liked for .99 cents.

I already had some cool vintage looking card stock on hand so it worked perfectly for this theme.

Also,  to make it more fit the theme, I printed some of the images I found online of the characters and cut them on sticker paper that you can get at any craft store.

It was a little time consuming,  but fun to put together.

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Here are some pictures of the FNAF them cutouts and party we did last year!

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New York Baby Show | May 19-20 | Pier 94 *GIVEAWAY!

New York Baby Show | May 19-20 2018

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Back again! Every year for the past 3 years I’ve brought you a chance to win FREE tickets for yourself or a friend to the highly anticipated NY Baby Show hosted by JPM and Family Media (8 years and going!).

I only have 10 tickets to give away for FREE and once they’re gone,  they’re gone so get them now! Scroll to the “giveaway link” below or click the image above.

If you’ve never been and don’t know “what to expect”, well you’re in for a surprise. You do not need to be expecting you enjoy the show.  Anyone with little ones would find this show to be an exciting adventure especially if you love shopping as much as I do!

Vendors from all over the place convene to bring you the best products of the new year, most at a show discounted price.

Not sure that you want to buy stuff and lug it back on the train or uber that day? No problem! You’ll get tons of informational materials from vendors and you’ll be able to order from home after the show with the same great discounts with year materials.

Check out aerial footage I took from the 2015 show #NYBSBloggerLounge @NewYorkBabyShow:

The 2018 New York Baby Show, on May 19 & 20 at Pier 94 will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. Now in its 8th year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring counties, seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood. 

We are giving away tickets for you and your family to experience the show. See below for details… etc. 

**Normal ticket price is $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per individual.

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Are all of the 10 tickets already gone? No worries! I have a special code for my readers for you to get 50% off tickets:

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2018 Mazda 3 Vehicle Review

November 2018 was the 2017 NYC Play Fair  and I had to ride in style so #Mazda  hooked me up with this hotrod to take on the voyage across state lines. Ok, ok.. it’s only a 45 minute trip into NYC depending on traffic but I wanted that “dramatic” feel haha! And boy did they hook me up!

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I feel like I need to start by introducing you to the safety features of this fine beauty called the 2018 Mazda3.

As a mother of 2 boys, I live and breathe what is best for them and my family,  and being that we are in and out of it alot,  my car isn’t a choice I take lightly.

2018 Mazda Mazda3 Safety Features

  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Cross-Traffic Alert

In addition to all of the important features listed above, you can turn on the car length guide that shows you if you’re tailgating the car in front of you which I find extremely useful.  You know us NJ drivers need to get where we’re going quickly and sometimes don’t notice we are tailgating until our husband’s yell at us (LOL!).

The interior of the 2018 Mazda3 is breathtaking.  They hit the nail on the head with this ivory and black combination interior… I mean just look at how stunning this looks.  Would you believe the 2018 starts at just under 20K??

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This model came with a sunroof which i l love to keep the window closed but the screen open. Makes November seem like Spring time letting the sun in… when there is sun…

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The heated seats, both driver and passenger are a huge bonus and to top it off, a heated steering wheel! ALWAYS GO WITH THE HEATED STEERING WHEEL! You can thank me later.

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The interface leaves a little to be desired in my opinion as they artyl haven’t gotten it right.  It’s 2018 and there isn’t a standard navigation package in this model which I found a bit odd with how luxurious everything else was.

Alao,  getting used to the center console controls takes a little but,  but once you get used to it,  it’s fine.

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Now onto the exterior. What more can I say,  such a stylish,  family friendly vehicle that works it in all the right places.

Check out this beauty in pearl white with aluminum alloy rims, halogen lights and sleek windows. Did I mention the grill is A-Maz-ingly intimidating yet beautiful? Zoom-Zoom!

See for yourself what the fus is about…

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The trunk folds down into the 2nd row for sects space if needed,  but even without doing that I wad amazed at how easily I fit my weekly HUGE grocery trip into it no problem.

Do you own a Mazda? Let me know what you think down below!

Bookroo Monthly Childrens Book Subscription Review

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We are no strangers to Bookroo’s monthly subscription program.  In fact,  my son remembers how fun it was to unveil the books the last time he got a shipment,  check out my previous post from a couple years back.

This is a great gift idea for little ones and older kids as well.  They have board books as well as paperback and all are quality books worth every penny of the monthly fee you will be paying for them.  The wrapping paper that they come wrapped in is worth that much alone!

Imagine the faces one the kids wheb they get their monthly package in the mail with two books to unwrap.  Just watch my 5 year olds reaction to the “gifts” he got!

What’s even better is the fact that this makes him want to try reading and creates an excitement around the possibility of books.  Personally,  we have so many books that I like to donate books when we are done with them, but these we tend to keep because they’re special!

Right now they have a GREAT Cyber Monday deal going on for 25% off you order by tomorrow 11/27!

BFJERSEY for 25% off any multi-month subscription (3,6, or 12 months)
One redemption per family. Valid for new customers only. Existing customers may use for the purchase of one gift subscription.
Valid 11/24 – midnight PST 11/27

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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT + Farm Hopping in NJ

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope everyone is having a great start to their week.  It was a really brisk morning this morning when I was up and out at 5am.. out first of the season where you see your breath when you speak and I don’t like it! 39º is what tree car read,  and it didn’t warm up much throughout the day either.

As I wind down for the night and am settles in to begin this post,  I thought the title would fit perfectly.  Before kids, weekend’s were occasionally for “bar hopping”, now it’s only right that they’ve been formally replaced with what I call “Farm hopping” haha!

What is farm hopping you might ask. Think about it.. there are so many to choose from locally,  why only pick one? Is there some rule? I mean,  there are ones that are totally FREE to go and enjoy the festivities,  so why not?

Lucky for me I got to sport around in the all new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S and since it is a V6 but eco friendly engine, it was super fun to take these trips.

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My favorite thing about getting to spend time in different vehicle models is seeing jyst how different they really are.  Although many standard features are the same from model to model,  there are some that just stand out (And some for a bad reason too).

This particular model was a Quartz brown exterior,  personally I love this color on any car. It just seems so high end and ritzy and I feel really fancy driving around in it. The interior was pretty nice too, tan and black,  although i would prefer a lighter tan as this is a bit on the yellow side (although I guess it’s good for young children because you cannot see the crumbs my boys have already spilled in it or “other” things that may happen that may be yellow in color…)

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The thing I missed the most during the week with this car has too accrual be TWO things.  My remote start for my 5am early mornings and the keyless entry that allows me to lock my keys in the car when I go into the gym. I’ll tell you though first hand, this model will not let you lock the keys in the car 😀🤣 and it’s a good thing because i would’ve done it twice out of habit. It tells at you and promptly unlocks the doors right after you hit lock.

The most unique feature that helped us on our trips was the huge trunk capacity for such a small crossover suv. My youngest is now 5 but we still bring a stroller,  mainly to hold jackets and bags that I’m too lazy to carry and to avoid lockers that I’m too cheap to pay for.  Ok, it’s also to carry tired kids after a long day of fun back to the car.

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I did find it very unique but also a bit odd and concerning that the back seats EJECT fot you to get anyone into the third row or to fold the second row down for extra trunk space.  It did run through my mind for a split second that this could happen if my children were to accidently pull the lever on the side or the head rest although I’d like to believe there is some sort of safety feature regarding weight on the seat that prevents this.  I didn’t want to test this out with my children in the seats lol although they probably would enjoyed it on hind-sight, so if you know the answer,  please feel free to comment below because it’s really interesting…

This particular model also didn’t come with built in navigation, so that wasn’t very fun having to old-school it and use my cell phone on the center cup holder navigating me to our first destination of the weekend,  Turhune Orchards.

Don’t let the name fool you,  it isn’t only an orchard although they have a lovely apple supply of trees to pick fresh apples from,  and FREE apples put in giant boxes throughout the farm to feast on (I assumed they were washed 🤔) and the we’re really really yummy!

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Parking was easy because they navigate you in,  however it was crowded as ever since it was the first day of their “annual fall festival”. They take both cash and cards at the entry and it does cost a hefty $12 per person which I though was a bit much for what they offer, however once inside,  almost everything is included without an extra charge with the exception of pony rides,  pumpkins, and of course food.

They have a couple of food tents and the food was just OK and not really great in my opinion. They have chicken,  pulled pork,  and some various soups and salads but nothing really geared towards children,  especially my picky eater.  My favorite thing was the apple cider donuts and I ate more then I should have on my excersize diet that I’m currently on.

My kids really enjoyed the pumpkin painting, and pumpkins under 5lbs were just a few dollars and the painting was free. The corn maze was simple and cute,  and my 5 year old son and gid daughter proudly led us all through it without a problem.

The hay ride was short, but takes you around the beautiful fruit orchards and compared to may others I’ve been on,  it was a nice smooth comfortable ride.

They did have animals to see,  but I didn’t see very many.  If you want to fork up the extra dough on top of the entry fee, you can do a pony ride for the kids which is cute.

Would I go back? I’d have to say probably.  It’s a nice open family friendly space and had some nice activities for all. I wish they would lower their prices a bit for entry though, but the included activities make it worth it. Also,  they do have wine tasting which is always a bonus😉.

Check out more as well as their activities calendar at:

http://terhuneorchards.com

330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton NJ

Hours:

Farm Store

Mon-Fri 9am-7pm

Sat & Sun 9am-6pm

Winery Tasting Room

Fri, Sat & Sun 12pm-6pm
Bottles available in farm store daily

 

Next up on my list is Snyders Farm. This is an amazing place for young children. It will cost you $8 CASH ONLY per person to get in,  parking is simple,  and you must take the hay ride over to the farm area. We first visited this farm last year during a birthday party for my god daughter and we had a blast.  I wanted to see what it was like as a regular visitor,  and it didn’t disappoint. The activities are geared towards all ages, and it is a big enough farm that it doesn’t feel over crowded and the kids can run around safely.

They have a small animal farm with just a few goats,  many hay climbing sections, and my favorite,  the giant hay slide. We must have gone on this thing a dozen times and ir doesn’t get old.  Each time is just as fun as the last. It reminds me of the giant slides at amusement parks that you get into the potato sack and slide on down.  Only this,  you slide directing into a giant tub of corn! Yes, it will get in your shoes and everywhere else.

On the topic of shoes,  it rained while we were there and yes it did get muddy so don’t wear any nice shoes here.

More activities to highlight is the daily  surprise where captain America shoots CANDY to the kids from the sky out of a real CANNON, and no kid leaves without candy.  It is such a fun, unexpected treat for newcomers and it is so fun to watch all of the kids screaming with excitement.

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That’s not all that is shot at Snyder farm.  You can pay ($3 for corn, $5 for pumpkins) too shoot corn or pumpkins at cars! This was so fun for us all.

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The only downfall of this place is, #1 I cannot figure out where to actually do pumpkin picking or apple picking,  and #2, lack of food options! They only had one food truck when we were there and it was a seafood focused truck wick is odd to be the only option,  in october, at a kids fall festive area.. but i have to say,  their Chicken tenders and fries although expensive,  were really good. This place is tree opidumy of fall activities (besides pumpkin and apples).

The best part is that NOTHING (except food and any picking) is an extra charge once inside,  so this is definitely the best value.

Would I visit again? Absolutely! Hopefully next year on a less muddy day.

Check out more at;

Www.Snyders-farm.com

586 S Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ 08873
SEASONAL HOURS
Fall Festival
Weekends Only 11am – 6pm
Strawberry Season
Saturday & Sundays Only 9am – 4pm
Blueberry Season
Saturday & Sundays Only 9am – 4pm
Roadside Stand
Monday thru Sunday 11am – 6pm

 

Last on my list is Ort Farm. This is FREE to get in,  parking is simple too although a very crowded lot and you should be prepared to walk a little bit.

Without an entry fee, it really can’t be beat.  Free fun for all,  however if you want to do the routine stuff like hayride and pumpkin picking,  your gonna have to pay up.  The $1 per person hayride takes you to the pumpkin patch which is really huge.  Each pumpkin is .59 cents a lb which isn’t bad.  We got an 8 pounder and paid just $4 and change, while my cousins picked out a giant sized 25lb pumpkin for their little ones first Halloween. The pumpkins are in really great shape and many perfect ones to choose from preclipped, or that you can rip right off of the vine.

At check out they have amazing homemade salted caramel chocolate fudge,  and Apple cider donuts that I may or may not have consumed…

They have the hands down most unique  activity of all here though… MONSTER TRUCK rides.  A “hayride” like ride on REAL monster trucks.  Amazing! We didn’t do this because of timing and the line was super long,  so I am not sure of the cost but we watched them and they looked and sounded awesome.

We did however check out all of the animals which the had quite a few including chickens,  ducks,  pigs, goats, an adorable baby calf and some cool bulls.

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Across the street from this section was their corn maze.  This is the BEST corn maze I have ever been in.  I seriously couldn’t find my way out, even when using the provided map, aside from a 5, 8, and 9 year old leading the way… so I feel it was worth the $6 a person they charge to get into the maze. Apparently they do corn maze at night too and everyone gets a flashlight. I am too much of a chicken for that, but if you like the dark, I suggest you check that out because you WILL get lost in there.

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We didn’t eat any real food there due to time,  so I am not sure of the cost or if it is any good,  but I definitely smelled hot dogs and hamburgers and they did smell AMAZING.

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Would I go back? Yes! If you don’t feel like spending money but want fall activities,  this is the place to just soak in all the fall feelings.

Check out more info at;

Www.ortfarms.com

25 Bartley Rd, Long Valley, NJ 07853

Activity Hours: Weekdays 12-6 (Hayrides/Maze/Animals/Play Area)

Weekends 10-5 (Hayrides/Maze/Animals
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Train Rides/Cannon/ Monster Truck)

 

Overall,  we have enjoyed all three farms and had fun “Farm Hopping”. And thanks to the Mitsubishi Outlander, we got to there and back safely!