Showing posts with label Outdoor Activities. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Outdoor Activities. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Baby Animals & Tulip Festival at Andelin Farm - A Must See Attraction During Spring in Sparks, Nevada

8100 Pyramid Way
Sparks, NV 89436

Baby Animal & Tulip Festival
April 7-April 30, 2022
Thursdays - Saturdays

***Andelin Farm opens in Spring (Baby Farm Animals & Tulips), Summer (Sunflowers & Sweet Corn), and Fall (Pumpkins, Corn Maze, Haunts & More).  Follow their Facebook Page for updates on opening dates

There's nothing more fun and than hanging out with cute baby animals, being among joy and laughter in perfect spring weather, munching on kettle corn, and sniffing fragrant, fresh-cut tulips.  

At Andelin Farm's Baby Animals & Tulip Festival event, you can experience all and more.

This well-known and beloved farm is run by a nice family and staff that go above and beyond in creating the best experiences for their guests.

Throughout the six years I've been visiting, lots of changes have occurred and the farm has never been more fun.  

With so many things to do, their flat per-person rate is more than worth it, allowing visitors to access a place ideal for growing memories and having some safe fun.

-Zip line (135 pound weight limit).  If you're an adult weighing less than 135 lbs, you may ride the zip line. Must be 38'' to ride with assistance and 44" to ride without
-covered jump pad
-hamster wheel
-pony and horse rides (adults may ride horses). additional $5 for all rides per person or one included ride per visit in a Seasonal Plus Pass
-chick holding experience (next to hamster wheel)
-barrel train ride
-hayride (tractor)
-baby animal petting (worker will let you in to pet them)
-feeding goats and chickens (additional fee for food or included feed in Seasonal Plus Pass)
-gem mining sluice (addition fee depending on size of mining bag)
-gift shop (trail mix, snacks, crafts, ice cream, pantry items like jams and sauces, water and Gatorade bottles)
-duck races water pumps
-hay maze
-play fishing
-U-pick flowers
-rabbit hole slides
-Easter hunt paintball- saturdays only

Current Rates for Spring Festival 2022
Spring Festival-Thursdays and Fridays $12

Spring Festival-Saturdays $14

Goat Bottle Feeding Experience $10

Lamb Bottle Feeding Experience $10

Calf Bottle Feeding Experience $10

Spring 2021 Festival Season Pass $28

Egg Hunt April 8 & 9, April 14-16

Pony Ride/Horse Ride $8

Mother's Day Brunch $50

Birthday Package- Party Pavilion

Birthday Package - Party Pen

Summer Farm Camp

Growing Memories at Andelin Farm's Baby Animals and Tulip Festival


-tickets may be purchased in person or online

Opening Times for Farm
-farm opens early April to end of April, in spring and late September - end of October for fall

Checking Weather Ahead of Time
-Check Accuweather for hourly reports (with UV index and wind speeds), to plan accordingly. I always like to put sunblock on the kiddos, in any case during the day due to the more intense sun at our elevation. 

Animals to See
-camels, llamas, alpacas, emus, sheep, goats, peacocks, turkey, horses, ponies, calves, chickens

-You don't need to purchase a ticket for admission to access their food trucks.  They can be found at the entrance to the farm.  Plenty of picnic tables available.  They are generally open during the times they are open to the public.
-Island Hot Dog Truck serves yummy hot dogs
-mini donuts and ice cream slushies available
-various vendors present during fall festival
-Card and cash accepted

-hand sanitizer stations available throughout the farm

-They recently turned their barn into a farm store with homemade goods and crafts, including jams, mixes for baking, hot sauces, snacks, kettle corn, sweet caramel nuggets, trail mix, yogurt pretzels, andelin t-shirts, sweaters, hats, jewelry, soaps, and more.
-various vendors pop up during their peak times in fall
-cold drinks and ice cream available

Private Events and Rentable Spaces
Private group tours available
-Barn and pavilions available for weddings and events

Photo Opportunities
Have a good time around the farm with countless photo opportunities- picking flowers, baby animal petting, and adult/kid horse and pony rides, and photo cutouts.  

-The farm ground is mainly dirt.  Don't forget to wear the proper footwear.  

-The parking lot has a good amount of grass to park on, but expect to encounter dirt on the way out.  

-umbrella strollers do not work best on grounds made of dirt and rocks.  Jogging and bigger strollers are recommended.  

-Porta Potties available inside and outside farm

Team Pep Talk Opening Day

Categorized Under "Season/Holidays" and "Birthday/Event Venues"

Friday, March 5, 2021

Tube Tahoe - Stunning Views, Fresh Air, and A Tubular Time

Two not so steep lanes (left) and  two steeper lanes (on right with orange netting)
Tube Tahoe was born during the pandemic, aiming to supply a fun spot for everyone to safely have fun outdoors.

(530) 600-2304
*Liability Waiver Form (save some time and fill out before your visit)

Business Snapshot
Tube Tahoe is a family-friendly tubing business in South Lake Tahoe that opens up in the winter and features beautiful views of Mt. Tallac and Echo Summit.  Here you'll find nicely groomed lanes, friendly service, a grocery store and food truck next door, and lots of tubuler fun.  Equipment is included and tubing is on a first come, first-served basis.  This business stands out with their long lanes (around 500ft.), limited crowds (fees may have something to do with this), views, and rad service.  Workers help guests onto their tubes, making this spot ideal for families.  If you're looking for steeper runs, this may not be the place you're looking for.  They hold free days for special needs families. You can follow them on Instagram for updates.

Check in at this building.

VIT (very important tuber) Season Pass

Click on "Book Reservervations" on homepage and click on "purchase tickets" to see this option. Rates as of 1.2023 

During the pandemic, my family made a trip out to our usual tubing spot-Adventure Mountain, but they were at capacity.  

I asked the worker out on the road if he knew of another tubing place around and he referred me and my family to Tube Tahoe.  

I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was close by (12 minutes).  

I'm glad that Adventure Mountain was at capacity since we were presented with another place to explore and try out.  

The four slopes at Tube Tahoe were perfectly groomed, with kind workers at the top to help hold the tubes in place before take-off.  

This was extremely helpful, allowing for my two little ones to be able to go on their own without me and my husband's supervision.

Me and my family had a great time at TubeTahoe.  Though it was different from our usual snow adventure —less crowds and fewer slopes — it was a welcome change as me and my family love to discover and explore new places.

If you're wondering, Adventure Mountain is also a great tubing resort, with more lanes (18 in prime weather), a snow play area, and a building that has a small shop and eatery area that serves fast food.  This resort caters both to smaller children and adults as some of the slopes are on the steeper side.  If you plan on visiting this resort, make sure to get there a bit before they open to avoid crowds and to secure a parking spot. 

Free Fun Day for Special Needs Families, 2023

"We are excited to host a Free Fun Day for Special Needs Families from near and far. Come visit us this Sunday, January 22nd from 9am – 4pm and check-in at the ticket shop! We will have two tubing lanes designated for this event. We will also be hosting this event on February 12th and March 19th, 2023, if you can’t make it this Sunday!" -source

Thanks so much for being awesome, Tube Tahoe! 

They have a small shop just in case you forget something.  Snacks available for sale.

On A Budget?  No Problem.
There are plenty of areas around Lake Tahoe that are open to the public free of charge (snow permitting).  Check out this video made by YouTuber Gabriella, showing you where to find them. 

-50% discount for South Lake Tahoe locals with ID
-no magic carpet. must walk up to get to the top
-their tubes were so comfortable compared to the ones at Adventure Mountain
-Google maps brought me to the wrong address. Instead, use the Holiday Market grocery store address. 
-Check the weather ahead of time so that you can dress appropriately. Check road conditions to make sure they are clear for travel. 
-Tube Tahoe is conveniently located right next to a grocery Holiday Market, gas station, and Pretty Odd Weiners
-the views of the surrounding mountains were breathtaking
-their store has all of the essentials- sunblock, winter gear, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses
-outside sleds are not allowed for safety purposes
-there are no places to have picnics except for car or nearby places
-compared to Adventure Mountain, you are not allowed to play with snow in the surrounding areas
-there are a couple of mini slopes at the bottom that me and my kids had fun playing around
-walkway up to the slopes are not as steep as the ones at Adventure Mountain, making them more kid-friendly
-different rates for weekdays vs weekends. Check website for current rates. They charge per person
-first come first served
-helmets not required
-minors under 42" must ride with an adult
-can book for parties after the holidays
-if you're looking for another short road trip nearby, BOA Vista Orchards, a family favorite, is open year-round and the whole Apple Hill opens during Fall. One hour away. 

Pricing as of 1/9/2023
Please check website for current rates

Delicious dogs from Pretty Off Weiners next door after a full day of fun.

Pretty Odd Weiners 
from Website (as of 1/9/2023)

Monday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 9:00am - 6:00pm

*All opinions are my own.  Information subject to change.  Please check in with business for the latest information.

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