Every Sat. & Sun. beginning September 27th through October 26th we invite you to join our Fall Family Fun activities, 11:00am to 4:00pm. Our activities are kid oriented, with rides, games, arts & crafts geared toward kids ages 2-10, we offer fun for the whole family! With special animal visitors, carnival rides, face painting and balloon animals, food and more, there is sure to be something to please everyone!
General admission is free, however tickets are required for Rides, Games, Arts & Crafts and the Singing Pumpkins Light Show. Tickets are $0.50 each or a book of 20 for $10.00.
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Read on below for more information on our visitors!
Alpaca Network of New York
The Alpaca Network of New York is a group of four farms local to the Rochester area that came together to share in "their passion for these animals and the desire to help others become successful in the alpaca lifestyle". Members include these four area farms: Hemlock Hills Alpacas, Lazy Acre Alpacas, Outback Alpacas, and Sixth Day Farm.
American Amusement Rental Rides & Kids Games
We have a wide variety of amusement attractions ranging from mechanical children's rides such as the Merry-Go-Round, Turbo Tubs, Slides, Bounce House & Balloon Darts, Gold Fish Toss, & the Duck Pond.
Animal Service League
Ever since it was founded in 1953, the Animal Service League has been concerned with the treatment and welfare of domestic animals in the Rochester area. ASL is a no-kill animal rescue, meaning that no animal they house is ever destroyed due to lack of a permanent home. For more information about the Animal Service League, or to view their available animals, please visit their website.
Arc & Flame Center
The Rochester Arc & Flame Center (RocAFC) is a 5,000 square-foot training facility designed specifically for welding, glass working and blacksmithing. From individuals in search of a unique weekend experience to tradesman seeking career training, RocAFC has a program for everyone. website.
Caricaturist Dave Bippy Boyer
David "Bippy" Boyer is our favorite Caricaturist! Sit down in front of Bippy for a few minutes and you will be amazed at the likeness he will create. His motto is "Caricatures that FLATTER, not SHATTER!" With a background in art education, Bippy loves working with children, and is a hit at both our Fall events in October as well as our Holiday events in December. His portraits make a great gift or keepsake. For more information about Bippy, please visit his website.
Castle Race Car
Always a hit with the kids, we will have the local Castle company Nascar race car on display! This year it also features new graphics. Find more information about the Castle company on their website.
Freckles & Friends
You may remember our friend Freckles from our Holiday events last December. She is back again, this time with more clown friends, more balloons and more face painting designs! You will be astonished at the speed in which Freckles and her friends work to design a masterpiece on your face! Three clowns each weekend, rotating between 15 clowns total - lots of new faces!
Gates Fire, Ambulance & Police Cars
Many kids dream of growing up to be a Fire Fighter, EMT or Policeman - your child might even be dressing up as one for Halloween this year! Bring them along to meet one of their idols, and even get to sit in the back of a police cruiser, or the driver's seat of a fire truck! Please see their websites for more information on the Fire Department, Ambulance or Police Department.
Gates Parks & Recreation Department
This year we are proud to partner up with the Gates Parks & Recreation Department, who will be presenting our Costume Contest on October 26th. All children who come dressed in costume and participate in the contest have a chance to win one of four bicycles with a helmet (one for each of four age groups) as well as trick-or-treating with the Fire Department. For more information on the Gates Parks & Recreation Department, please visit their website.
Another favorite area rescue group, the Greyhound Adoption of Greater Rochester is a racing neutral non-profit group. They believe that every retired greyhound deserves a loving forever home. With the help of donations and volunteers, they match each available home with an adoptable dog, then provide support and guidance in the car of each dog they adopt out. For more information on Greyhound Adoption, please visit their website.
Holy Cow Cookie Co.
Holy Cow! That's one big cookie! 2010 was Holy Cow Cookie's first year at our Fall events, and they were a *big* hit. Delicious and good looking, a great combination!
2 Barn Farm
Everyone loves Pony Rides! This year 2 Barn Farm will be bringing their fun, loving ponies to the fall family fun events. All the proceeds earned go towards the care and maintenance of these animals. Check the schedule through the link at the top of the page to know when they will be here!
Lugia's Ice Cream on Wheels
Everything you love about Lugia's great tasting ice cream, right here at the Garden Factory! One of Lugia's trucks - "Hot Fudge", "Sprinkles" or "Baby Twist" will be on site every weekend to serve you! Find more information on their website.
Mini Arks Rare & Exotic Animals
One of our favorite parts of hosting our Fall Family Fun activities is to expose the community to new and exciting animals they have never seen - or maybe never even heard of! This year we will have Sally joining us from Mini Arks. If you joined us in 2010, you know what a hit the mini petting area was - kids can get up close and personal with rabbits, chicks and guinea pigs. Other animals may include a Binturong, a Patagonian Cavy, a baby Wallaby, a baby Coatimundi, a Toucan, and many others we've never heard of! Plus for Halloween we will have some creepy crawlies such as tarantulas, scorpions, snakes, and rats!
NYS Police Rollover Demonstration
The NYS Police Rollover demonstration can be a real eye-opener for stubborn kids (or adults!) who refuse to buckle up. Wearing your seatbelt in a moving vehicle is the law, and could save your life. The Rollover Simulator demonstrates what happens in a rollover accident, using life-sized dummies to show how much safer you really are when wearing a seatbelt.
Phil with Sammy the Parrot
Phil is a local resident of Gates, with a love for birds. You may have seen him taking his parrot Sammy for a walk down Hinchey Road! Every year Phil and his wife bring Sammy (as well as a few other feathered friends) to meet the families that come to our Fall events. Learn about birds, chat with Sammy, and even get a chance to hold him on your arm!
Rochester Police Department Safe Child Program
Rochester Police Department will be joining us with Operation Safe Child. "Statistics show that 34 percent of parents in the United States do not know their child's exact height, weight and eye color." Take a few minutes to get a Safe Child card with this info, along with digital fingerprints. For more information about this program, please see the City of Rochester's website.
Rochester Kung Fu & Fitness
For kids Kung Fu is more than just fun. Our kids' programs are not only built for character development, but also Kung Fu proficiency. All of our programs are age-specific, addressing the unique needs of toddlers, children, and adolescents. You'll find an emphasis is placed on life lessons; building character, indomitable spirit, respect, courtesy, perseverance, self-discipline and self-control. website.
Thousand Islands Winery
The Thousand Islands Winery is located in Jefferson County, New York. It is the most northern winery in New York State, and produces many award winning wines. The winery is located on a farm that was built in 1836, and purchased by Steve and Erika Conaway in December of 2002. Stop by their tent to sample a wide variety of wines from dry to sweet, even a chocolate dessert wine! More information is available on their website.
Wax Hands Rochester offers the most FUN and INTERACTIVE Party experience for any occasion! Your guests will remember your event for years to come!Our safe and clean process means anyone can make a wax replica of their own hand. Add one of our many color combinations to make a unique one-of-a-kind keepsake your guests will love!Wax Hands Rochester offers the most FUN and INTERACTIVE Party experience for any occasion! Your guests will remember your event for years to come!More information is available on their website.