“A tisket, a tasket, a green and yellow basket.” Well, in this case a red bucket!
The annual Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Harvest at Great Country Farms is happening from April 1st to April 16th, 2022.
This event tends to sell out so definitely grab your tickets before it’s too late. Here’s what to expect when you go.
The Great Country Farms Egg Hunt
The main attraction is naturally, the egg hunt. There is a separate hunt for kids ages 2 and 3 where parents can join them in the field and another hunt for kids ages 4 to 10. Parents can not enter the field with the older group.
Children are given buckets and are able to collect up to 25 eggs. When your group is ready to start, the kids can enter and begin collecting. They will be directed to exit the field and return to you after they are done collecting their eggs so they can open them outside of the field.
As you can imagine, with so many kids and the excitement of finding the eggs, the hunt goes quick but it is great excitement watching kids being cheered on by their parents.
Eggs are filled with different treats inside like stickers and candy treats. The farm does recycle the eggs so if you don’t want to keep them, you can drop them off in the bin there to be used next year.
Marshmallows & Other Activities
After the thrill of the hunt, we headed to the bonfire where the Easter bunny was available for pictures.
And what’s a bonfire without some marshmallows?
Sticks and marshmallows were plentiful for roasting over fire pits. While we saw a few children doing it unaccompanied, little ones should stay back as it is an open fire.
You can also take a wagon-ride around the farm.
We made a few circular trips around the farm because we got caught up in something else we wanted to partake in like the:
- 2,800 square foot giant jumping pillow
- Gem mining
- Tire mountain
- Pedal carts
- Corn bin
- Rope swing
- And double barrel slides.
If you like to fish, bring a pole and purchase worms in the country store to do catch and release fishing in the pond. And squeeze in some time to play a round of cow putt-putt.
The goats, chickens and pot bellied big were hungry 🙂
Other animals included a bunny, turkeys, peafowl, emu, miniature horses, miniature cows, ducks and sheep.
What to Bring
Due to the grassy terrain for the hunt as well as gravel paths throughout the farm, I recommend wearing long pants and comfortable walking shoes. It was breezy and sunny on our visit and while we were glad to have brought sunglasses, a hat would have been a good idea.
While there is food sold on site, you can also bring your own food and sit at one of several, covered shelters or picnic on the grass listening to music.
When to Go
The egg hunt areas are open daily from 10am to 3pm.
You will reserve tickets and select your egg hunt time. It’s best to be there within an hour of your egg hunt time so you can be there a bit before it starts so the kids don’t miss out.
Tickets & Prices
Kids ages 3 to 17 are only $10, ages 2 and under are free and adults are $12 per person.
The egg hunt is an add-on of $7.50 per child. Optionally, you can also purchase a $3 cup of feed for the farm animals as well.
On spring weekends, the farm provides military and veteran families up to 5 complimentary admission tickets. Note: the egg hunt add-on is not included.
Other Annual Events at the Farm (& The Fan Club)
Did you know Great Country Farms has over 10 festivals throughout the year?
You can also become a Fan of the Farm which is a monthly membership giving you unlimited play at the farm with no admission, free admission to all the annual festivals and access to the pick-your-own fields.
Great Country Farms is also a u-pick farm from March to November and if you visit on a non-festival weekend, admission is cheaper, but still offers all the great activities.
Great Country Farms does a great job at offering activities for all ages. The 5-acre play area includes age-appropriate playgrounds. Older kids loved the spider web net and giant slides, while younger ones climbed wooden tractors.
A special barnyard for the 3 and under crowd was perfect. Filled with four little sheds decorated as a bakery, store, barn and cabin.
There was also a play area, barrel slide, bouncy cow track, and a sand box. The best part about all the play areas were the lawn chairs set up for the parents.
Good to Know Before You Go
- Tickets are required and can be purchased on Great Country Farms website here.
- We recommend bringing extra hand wipes.
- Restrooms are located near the entrance and include a changing area and step stool at the sinks.
- Port-a-potties are also scattered throughout the grounds.
- If you use GPS, do not rely on it once you get on Foggy Bottom Road. As soon as you see the sign for Great Country Farms, the entrance is there.
- The country store sells toys, old fashioned candy, snacks, local honey and preserves along with local meat from nearby farms.
- The Roosterant was open for a limited time and sells bbq pork sandwiches (which sold out at noon), all natural burgers, hot dogs, chips, pie slices, cookies and drinks.
- Kids 10 years and younger will be provided with an egg hunt ticket, a Great Country Farms U-Pick bucket to use to collect the eggs. You are asked not to use your own bucket / basket.
- Parents cannot collect but parents can assist kids in the 2-3 year old area.
- Kids are not allowed to open the eggs in the hunt area.
Great Country Farms is located at 34345 Snickersville Turnpike, Bluemont, VA 20135.