Keep your toddlers busy this fall in Whatcom County

Cole Bellingar gives friend Addison Hauber, 4, a ride through a pumpkin field at Stoney Ridge Farm south of Everson in October 2013.
Cole Bellingar gives friend Addison Hauber, 4, a ride through a pumpkin field at Stoney Ridge Farm south of Everson in October 2013. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD


Experience a taste of farm life

“We feel blessed to have this kind of lifestyle and we love to share it,” said Debi Gavette, co-owner of Stoney Ridge Farm near Everson, a popular fall destination for school groups and families with small children.

Stoney Ridge Farm is a three-generation family operation that offers such attractions as barnyard animals, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, and a U-pick apple orchard. It’s still a working farm, and Gavette said one of their goals is to show urban children what it’s like to live and work on a farm — and to have fun doing it.

“We feel so blessed to have this kind of lifestyle, and we love to share it. These kids get off the bus and their eyes are huge,” she said. “We see a lot of kids getting on their dad’s shoulders and getting to pick apples, you can see sometimes it’s the first time they have ever been able to pick an apple. They get to see where food actually comes from.”

Refreshments include fresh pasteurized cider, two kinds of homemade doughnuts, homemade pies, and hot dogs. There’s also a small play area for kids who haven’t run off enough steam in the corn maze.

Stoney Ridge Farm will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 3 to Oct 31. For admission prices and other information — such as setting up a tour for your mom’s group — check the website starting in September, at stoneyridgefarm.com, or call 360-966-3919. Stoney Ridge Farm is at 2092 Van Dyk Road, north of the intersection of Everson Goshen Road and Pole Road.


Make a Halloween craft

Fairhaven Toy Garden, a store featuring classic children’s toys, has a Kids Club that offers a free craft activity every month, said Colin Bigelow, a store clerk.

“Last year we had a needle felting workshop, where we made a little pumpkin that you could design your own way.”

Bigelow said Halloween activities, along with other seasonal events, are planned this year and will be noted on the events calendar at fairhaventoygarden.com.

Join the Kids Club and get on a mailing list by supplying your email address, either in person at 1147 11th St., over the phone at 360-714-8552, or via the website.


While Thanksgiving is a set time to acknowledge all that we are thankful for in our lives, one day is not sufficient to express our gratitude for all the gifts we have. Parents can impress in their children the virtue of gratitude by sharing with each other one thing they are grateful for every night at the dinner table. By practicing gratitude daily, children and adults alike will come to recognize the good that is already theirs.

Rabbi Joshua Samuels

Congregation Beth Israel