We're helping you find the perfect place for fall activities

Kelsay Farms visitors pick pumpkins from the patch.
Kelsay Farms
Waterman's Family Farm
Stoneycreek Farm
Conner Scary

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — As many families enjoy their children's fall break, Eyewitness News is setting out to help you find fun family activities.

Kelsay Farms has been around for 180 years, and while picking a pumpkin from the patch is a popular activity, the farm offers a lot more than that.

The farm offers a 7-acre corn maze, a 70-foot by 30-foot inflatable jump pad, straw bale mountains to climb, a corn crib (it's like a sandbox made of shelled corn), and cow train rides.

"With many of our activities here we were trying to think back to when we were kids on the farm," said Amy Kelsay, education director for the farm.

This is the 11th year Amy Kelsay and her family have opened their farm up to visitors. She and her husband are part of the sixth generation of caretakers for the land.

"He and I both feel very strongly about educating others about agriculture," said Kelsay. "We do our best to create a fun, fall family experience, but also educational."

And oh yeah, Kelsay Farms is a fully-functioning dairy farm with delicious milkshakes. The Kelsay family milks cows every day and gives educational tours to the public.

Waterman's Family Farm offers the best of both worlds: lots of entertainment for the movers and shakers, and pumpkin picking in the peace and quiet for a relaxing fall day. That's the glory of Waterman's having two locations.

The farm has been in the Waterman family for more than 100 years. Current owner Carol Waterman says the farm started out with just pumpkins, but later added hay rides and other activities suitable for children.

The Raymond Street location on the southeast side of Indianapolis is famous for fun, with features like a pumpkin-eating dinosaur and an inflatable walk-through beast the size of half a football field.

The south side location near Greenwood is much quieter and more suitable for a laid-back day.

Stoneycreek Farm opened in 1971 with the sole purpose of entertaining families during the fall.

Loren Schmierer, Stoneycreek's owner, said he originally had the idea of just doing a fall festival. In its first year, the farm offered hay rides, a pumpkin patch and a haunted house. Schmierer says many of today's attractions have been added just to keep the interest up.

Stoneycreek has added horseback riding, camel rides, a giant walk-through centipede, a large hay stack, a hay maze, two inflatable bounce pad, a rock climbing wall, a zip line, and Schmierer's favorite: the pedal cars.

"I never get tired of that," Schmierer says of seeing the joy on kids' and parents' faces. "That's what keeps me from being totally retired."

A longtime favorite for Hoosiers is Conner Prairie. Referred to as "Conner Scary" during the Halloween season, the non-profit interactive education park has activities for all ages.

A vampire with a talk show, a mad scientist and his ever-joyous assistant Esmerelda, and the Headless Horseman are key characters to getting into the spooky spirit.

Chris Petrelli, director of programs and education said the park has seen increased interest in recent years, which has led to more attractions. One of those attractions is a new 7-acre corn maze.

The midway has games reminiscent of fairs and carnivals.

Conner Prairie also has a variety of educational classes and workshops throughout the year for both children and adults.

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