- Involve friends. Almost any activity is better with friends.
- Take advantage of what's free. One of the orchards we picked at couple years ago had these fun picture boards. I have been to farms that included corn mazes. Sometimes there are some really good deals out there.
- Have a contest to see who can find the biggest fruit. This one kept the kids busy for a while. Even when we weren't competing they had a lot of fun finding BIG blackberries.
Check out these huge blackberries.
- Go for a monster (bug) hunt - Do you see different types of bugs than what you see in your backyard? Can you find any bugs eating the fruit?
- Have a picking race. See who can pick the most fruit in the shortest period of time. Being careful not to bruise the fruit of course. This was fun even with just my son and I.
- Snack along the way. We talked to the owners of the blackberry farm we picked at and they said they assume some fruit will be eaten during picking and it is added into the cost.
- Make a treat that the kids can be involved in. These baked apples look amazing and simple to make. There is never a better time to enjoy a campfire than the fall. If you don't have a fireplace, check local state parks for day-use areas.