10 Things To Do With Kids at The Carlsbad Flower Fields
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are a fun place to visit with kids! There are lots of activities, most of which are included with admission.
1. Enjoy A Passport Stamping Activity
When kids enter, they’re given a booklet, titled The Flower Fields Passport. Take the Passport to different numbered stations found around the property and stamp the corresponding number in the booklet. It’s a fun activity that gets kids engaged with their surroundings.
2. Take An Antique Tractor Wagon Ride
Take an audio narrated antique tractor wagon ride around the ranunculus fields! This fun ride stops at the top of the fields and allows you to hop off to walk around. You can hop back on another tractor that comes by to enjoy the remainder of the ride. The tractor ride is an additional fee, but a great way to learn the history of the fields, and see some areas not as easily accessible by foot.
3. Walk Through A Sweet Pea Maze
Walk through a fun sweet pea maze! The maze is located below the ranunculus fields, past the Poinsettia building. Go through the maze as many times as you wish, as it’s included with admission!
4. Play at Santa’s Playground
Santa’s Playground is a super cute area. Here you’ll find playground equipment, some neat little play houses, benches for seating, and larger-than-life mushrooms once found at Santa’s Village in Lake Arrowhead. It’s a great place for kids to run around!
5. Try Gem Panning
Try gem panning! The gem panning activity is an additional fee, but fun, and you get to keep whatever you pan! Present your fully stamped Flower Fields Passport to the attendant, and get $1 off the activity. (Don’t worry, they’ll also let you keep the Passport!)
6. Take Pictures In a Beautiful Setting
The Flower Fields is a great place to take pictures! Let your budding photographer take some shots, and be sure to snap some too. It’s very picturesque, so be sure to have room on your phone for lots of pictures, and bring a DSLR if you have one.
7. Check Out the Birds In the Aviaries
Check out the birds in the aviaries! The aviaries are located to the right of the entry, in the Artist’s Garden, near the restrooms. Here you’ll find doves, chickens, and other birds.
8. Learn About Flowers and Plants
The Flower Fields is a great place to learn about different flowers and plants. Learn about the Tecolote Giant Ranunculus (the flowers grown in the fields), different species of roses, and the poinsettia. The best way to learn about the ranunculus is by taking the tractor ride with the audio tour. Walk through the Rose Garden to view many different species of roses. Go through the Poinsettia Building and view many different species of this plant.
9. Enjoy and Appreciate Nature
Wandering around the grounds is a great way to enjoy and appreciate nature. Field trips are available for schools, and FREE Educational Activity Sheets, related to gardening and such, are available for download. Scroll toward the middle of the page for links.
10. Get Exercise While Exploring the Grounds
The Flower Fields consist of 55 acres, so there’s lots of room to walk around! Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. It’s a great place to get some exercise while exploring with kids.
Open March 1 – May 14, 2017
The Flower Fields are open daily from 9am-6pm daily, March 1 – May 13, 2018. They offer free parking, and allow you to picnic in designated areas. Be sure to check their website for entrance fees and further details. As mentioned in our other post about The Flower Fields, the fields bloom in patches. If you’d like to check blooming conditions, call 760-431-0352 x3. We can’t wait for our annual visit! Perhaps we’ll see you there!