Dewberry Christmas Tree Farm – Open November and December – General Admission is Free

Address:  FM 362 and Morrison Road, Brookshire, TX 77423

Cost:  General Admission is free for the Christmas Tree Farm.  There is an entrance fee for the October Pumpkin Patch.

Appropriate Age:  Any age.

Our Reviews:  Dewberry Farm is located outside Katy in Brookshire, Texas. In October it is a Pumpkin Patch and in November and December it is a Christmas Tree Farm.  During both seasons, Dewberry Farm is a wonderland for kids and families. Go HERE to check the hours.

Now open as a Christmas Tree Farm, general admission is free.  Visitors can go to cut their own tree or they can just go to play.  For visitors that are interested in a tree, the train or hayride can take them back to the tree farm where there are almost 2,000 trees 5 to 9 feet tall and 200 trees 9 to 11 feet high.  Tree prices are listed HERE.

Once a tree has been selected, the Dewberry Farm staff will shake off lose needles, bail and load on the car while the kids play.   $25 to $50 tree purchases get 6 activity tokens, $51 to $75 trees receive 9 tokens, and more than $75 receive 12 activity tokens.  Or, you can purchase your own tokens for $1 each or Adventure Passes for $9.00 to $19.00.

These tokens can be used on many activities, including he DewVille Express Train, Zip Lines, Pedal Carts, Jumping Pillows and Slide Mountain.  There are also many free activities including the many playgrounds.

This all sounds great in theory, but the BigKidSmallCity’s mom had been dragging her feet for years.  Dewberry Farm was sooooo far away and it was probably sooo crowded.  Still, since we are on a mission to go on every possible adventure in the Houston area, we headed to Dewberry Farm on Saturday morning.

From Downtown Houston, the drive was under and hour.  Brookshire is just outside of Katy, so the ride on I-10 was very familiar and not a big deal.  The instructions HERE were very clear and we found the farm with no problem.  The kids did ask about 1 dozen times when we would arrive, but this is the same as when we drive 2 miles from our house.

When we arrived, the lot was pretty full, and although we found a spot right away, I was just sure this adventure would be crowded and painful.  But, as we walked up and saw the playgrounds and barns and rides, we did not see a crowd at all.  This farm is so big, with so much to do, that there is room for everyone.

So here we were, at the farm that wasn’t all that far from Houston AND there were no crowds, and Brooke looks up at me and says, “Mom, I love this place.”.  So, before we even knew just how amazing the farm was, we already had a new annual tradition.

We were not looking for a tree, so we jumped right into the activities.  The first stop was Little Farmersville for kids 6 and under.  There was playground equipment, sand, bike track, swings and shaded benches for mom.  James (1), Brooke (3) and Joe (5) all through this was great fun.  I had to pull them away so we could see more of the farm.

Next we fed the goats for 25¢, washed hands, and found Fort DewHickey.  This fort was my 5 year old’s dream come true.  There is a rock wall, rope ladders, bridges, slides and a fireman pole.  Brooke was happy to be chasing her brother while James climbed through the long tubes over and over.

I finally got them to try the giant roller slides and hay pavilion and realized that we had not yet used any tokens.  There is A LOT to do for free.  Looking at the brochure, there is:  wagon ride, cornfield maze, cow train, Fort DeHickey, Farmer Flinger, Giant Roller Slides, Black Mamba, Hay Pavilion, Barnyard Animals, Pig Races, Little Farmersville, Corn Box, Singing Chicken Show, Spring Town, Spider Webs, Imagination Express Train, Strong Man Bell Ringers, Tether Ball, Rubber Duck Races, Windmill Park with giant tube pipes.

ith 20 tokens burning a hole in my pocket, we started to look for the special activities.  It turns out that spending tokens is also easy to do.  Options are:  Pedal Carts (3 for all day), Jumping Pillows (3 for all day), Zip Lines (3 for all day),  Slide Mountain ($3 for all day), Corn Cannon (3 for 9 shots), Bottle Blaster (3 for 9 shots), Black Hole (2), Gemstone Mining (5), Dewville Express Train (3), Flower Picking (5 per cup), Pumpkin Hollar (3), Face Painting (3 to 7), Pony Rides (5),  Picture with Santa (3).

We tried many of the activities and I’ll give the highlights.  The train is a real train, like at Hermann Park, and it takes you from the play area to the Christmas Tree Farm.  You can either jump off at the trees or stay on board.  The train is 3 tokens each or you can take the hay ride to the tree farm for free.  Food and drinks are allowed on the train and strollers can be parked at the station.

The pedal cars were Brooke’s favorite.  There are 3 tracks for different ages of kids.  On our little track, there were plenty of cars and the seats were all adjustable for little legs.

The zip lines were awesome.  Joe is always looking for zip lines at playgrounds, and these are real deal zip lines.  There are several platforms where the kids grab the handles and zip across the wire to the other side.  They are pretty low to the grown, so it is not scary, but the line is long making it extra fun.

The hay pavilion is free and we just kept going back.  Kids can climb up a hay hill, grab a rope and swing down into a pile of hay.

Santa was over by Little Farmersville and was a very sweet guy.  The big kids told him what they wanted for Christmas and James screamed his lungs out.  The staff member actually handed me 3 tokens back since baby is not a Santa fan.

By the time we saw all this, the kids were starving.  At Mattie’s Kitchen, we got kids meals for $5.50 each.  It came with a hot dog or peanut butter and jelly, chips, apple juice and mini pumpkin water bottle.  We later grabbed a large kettle corn for $7 and power aid for $2.

Strollers are allowed in the farm and ground is hard enough to make them easy to push.  There are several bathrooms on the farm as well as diaper changing stations.  Based on the little pink faces in my house tonight, I recommend taking some sunblock.

Outside food and drinks are not allowed in the park.  However, there were a lot of diaper bags with bottles and water for the kids and no one blinked an eye.  If you have little ones, I’d bring the sippy cup and baby food but buy the drinks and food for everyone else.  Food, gifts and tokens can be purchased with cash or credit card.  There is also an ATM in the Country Store.

Wreaths and greenery are for sale. Undecorated wreaths start at $18 for the 18″ wreath. The wreaths smell great (unlike our artificial tree). Joe was so determined to have one that he offered his Garbage Man money to purchase it. I was so happy with our trip to the farm that we did get one (and Joe’s money is still safe in his piggy bank).

So all said, Dewberry Farm is awesome.  We spent 4 hours there and could have stayed all weekend.  By the time we left, the kids were filthy, exhausted and happy.  Dewberry Farms is located just outside Katy, and with a farm this size, there is plenty of room for everyone.  The Dewberry Christmas Tree Farm has become a holiday tradition for the BigKidSmallCity crew and we cannot wait to also visit the pumpkin patch in October.

 


Dewberry Farm – Christmas Tree Farm – November 23 through December 16, 2012

Dewberry Farm – the popular “agri-tainment” destination just outside of Katy, has transformed into a holiday hotspot with 1,000s of choose-and-cut Christmas Trees in need of a home for the holidays.

On November 23rd, the Farm opened its vast Christmas Tree Farm on the “back 40” (acres). The tree forest is filled with almost 2,000 trees 5 to 9 feet tall, and 200 trees 9 to 11 feet high. A hayride takes families to the forest where they will choose-and-cut that special tree.

Dewberry elves take care of the tree shaking, baling and loading on the car while kids and parents enjoy taking photos with Santa, the new DewVille Express passenger train, farm rides and attractions, custom wreath-making and shopping in the Country Store and Sweet Shoppe.

Free tokens with each tree purchase for other Dewberry Farm Activities including: DewVille Express Train, Zip Lines, Pedal Carts, Jumping Pillows and Slide Mountain. Snacks and drinks available on the weekends.

WHEN:
November 23 through December 16 (Thur., Fri., Sat. and Sun.)
Saturday – 10am to Dusk
Sunday – Noon to Dusk
Thursday – Noon to Dusk (Trees only, no activities)
Friday – Noon to Dusk (Trees only, no activities)

WHERE: Dewberry Farm
FM 362 and Morrison Road, Brookshire, TX 77423
Phone: (281)934-3276

Go HERE for directions.

From Houston:
West on I-10 4 miles past Katy to Pederson Rd. [Exit 737]
Right on Pederson for 1/4 mile to Hwy 90.  Left on Hwy 90 for 1/2 mile to Hwy 2855.
Right on Hwy 2855 for 5 miles to Hwy 529.  Left on Hwy 529 for 4 miles to Hwy 362.
Right at the stop sign and go north 1/2 mile to Dewberry Farm on the left side of Hwy 362.


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Houston Weekend Events – December 1, 2, 3, 4

It’s the holiday season and there is a lot to do in Houston. You may want to checkout some of these events this weekend.

November 24 and beyond – Ice Skating Returns to Discovery Green – St. Joseph Medical Center’s Ice at Discovery Green presented by Houston Chronicle and Momentum Luxury Auto Group

December 1 – IKEA Houston’s Silver Screen at Discovery Green: White Christmas – Discovery Green

December 2 – Downtown Houston Holiday Celebration

December 2 – The Polar Express Train Ride – Texas State Railroad

December 2 – Heights Holiday Home Tour

December 2 – Family FUNomenal Fridays: Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elf Families & Children – Discovery Green

December 2 – Disco Green on IceDiscovery Green

December 3 – Frosty the Snowman – Company Onstage

December 3 – Young Writers Workshop – Discovery Green

December 3 – Public Poetry in the Park – Discovery Green

December 3 – Skating with Santa – Discovery Green

December 3, 4 – Insperity Golf Experience – Discovery Green

December 3, 4 – Breakfast with Santa – Downtown Aquarium

December 4 – Gospel on the Green: Endurance – Discovery Green

Weekends – Home for the Holidays – Old Town Spring

Weekends – Dewberry FarmBrookshire

Weekends – Old MacDonalds Farm – Humble

Be sure to check out Houston Family Magazine for more Houston events.


Houston Weekend Events – November 11, 12, 13

It’s Fall! That means there is a lot to do in Houston. You may want to checkout some of these events this weekend!

November 10 – 13 – The Houston Ballet Guild’s 31st Annual Nutcracker Market – Reliant Center

November 12 – Festival of Lights Grand Opening Moody Gardens

November 13 – Art Car: The Movie – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Weekends – Home for the Holidays –  Old Town Spring

Weekends – Dewberry FarmBrookshire

Weekends – Old MacDonalds Farm – Humble


Weekend Events in Houston – November 4, 5, 6

I love all the festivals and fun that come with Fall in Houston. Below are some events you may want to check out this weekend…

Weekend Events

November 3 – 5 – Celebrations Christmas Market – Second Baptist Church

November 3 – 6 – International Quilt Festival– George R. Brown

November 4 – 6 – Junior League Holiday Market – The Woodlands Waterwway Mariott Hotel – Strollers are welcome Friday and Saturday after 2:00 and all day Sunday

November 5 –  Education Fair – Memorial City Mall (by Ice Skate USA)

Weekends  – Dewberry FarmBrookshire

Weekends – Old MacDonalds Farm – Humble

 


Weekend Events in Houston – October 28, 29, 30, 31

I love all the festivals and fun that come with Fall in Houston. Below are some events you may want to check out this Halloween weekend…

Restaurant Deals

October 28 – IHOP – Free scary face pancakes

October 31 – Mission Burritos – Kids in costume eat free

October 31 – Cici’s Pizza – Kids in costume eat free (with coupon HERE)

Weekend Events

October 28 – 31 – Zoo Boo -Free with general zoo admission

October 29 – Tricks, Treats & T-Rex – Houston Museum of Natural Science

October 29 – Kids Day on Buffalo Bayou–  Free

October 29 – Scream on the Green – Discovery Green – Free

October 29 – 30 – Houston 175, Celebrate History

October 30 – Moody Gardens Ghostly Gardens -All guests (adults included) in costume receive $5 admission to each Moody Gardens attraction.

October 30 – 12th Annual Halloween Boo Bash – Traders Village- Free

Weekends in October – Fall Fun Days – Spring Creek Growers

Weekends in October – Dewberry FarmBrookshire

 


Dewberry Farm – $12 for Farm Visit for Two – Groupon 9/14/11

 

We saw this deal recently on another daily deal site. Now it’s back as a Groupon. For $12, you can get a Dewberry Farm Visit for Two. ($24 value.) I’ve heard great things about Dewberry Farm and this is our chance to check it out for half off.   Do keep in mind that the farm is only open for a limited amount of time, so if you buy the Groupon, be prepared to use it quickly.

You can select one of two options:
Admission for two on any one of the following dates: September 24–25 or October 1–2.
Admission for two on any one of the following dates: October 29–30, November 5–6, or November 12–13.

Fine print:
Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Valid only on weekends. Not valid on 10/8-10/23. Must use promotional value in one visit.

If you are interested, go HERE.


Dewberry Farm – Daily Deal on Juice in the City – 9/3/11

Juice In the City is a daily deal site (like Groupon).  Today you  can get $12 Admission for Two to Dewberry Farm (a $24 value).  I’ve heard great things about this Farm.  Just keep in mind that this deal is only good on weekends and expires November 13 of this year.

The fine print…Expires on November 13, 2011.
Limit 3 per person.
Only 4000 available.
Good for two general admission tickets to Dewberry Farm to be redeemed in one visit; children ages 2 and under are free. Farm opens every Saturday and Sunday beginning Sept 24 through Nov 13. Valid Sat. and Sun. only. Excludes the following weekends: Oct 8-9, Oct 15-16 and Oct 22-23. Rain checks will be given if conditions on the farm are not suitable for activity.


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