WHO: Karen (Mom), Grayson & Riley (8 year old twins)
WHAT: Keller's Farm, aka Keller's Corny Country
WHERE: 542 Firetower Road, Dickson
WHEN: Tue, Thu & Fri 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Special Halloween weekday hours: Monday, Oct. 29 - Wednesday, Oct. 31: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
ADMISSION: Weekday admission is $8 adults, $7 students (includes a small pumpkin), free ages 1 and younger. Weekend admission is $9 ages 2 & older. Active military are free with ID; non-active military are $8.
INFO: 615-4141-4872 | kellerscornycountry.com
The “Twin Men” and I took a trip to Dickson to check out Keller’s Corny Country. Keller’s is off the beaten path which makes it great if you are looking for an escape to the country, but it is also a bit hard to find if you aren’t familiar with the area. Once we arrived, we were directed where to park and then headed to the entrance of the farm. Mrs. Keller greeted us at the admission booth and gave us some helpful information about some of the activities offered.
TOY STORY-ESQUE BARN SHOW
The first activity on our list was to check out the barn show that they offer during the week. Mrs. Keller says they gear the show toward kindergarten and first grade ages, but my third-grade kiddos really seemed to enjoy it as well. The show is loosely based on the Toy Story theme, and they even have a few little game show type scenarios where they select audience members to come up and participate.
PUMPKIN PATCH & EXCITING ACTIVITIES
After the show was over, we hopped right on the wagon for a hayride to the pumpkin patch where the pumpkins are pre-picked. You can choose your pumpkin(s) and get back on the wagon to go back to the front of the farm or walk back through the corn maze. We opted to get off at the pumpkin patch and headed through the corn maze that would eventually lead us to the zip line and barrel train ride.
The boys absolutely loved the zip line. I’m pretty sure Grayson would have stayed on it all day if we let him. Finally, after about his 30th zip, we ventured up the hill to the bounce pad area, which was Riley’s favorite activity. They also have a play area that includes swings, a sand-digging area, a merry go round and slides. There was also a farm animal area which included goats, a miniature pony and the cutest potbellied pigs. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a petting zoo, so we couldn’t touch or feed the animals.
Speaking of feed, Keller’s does offer concessions from snack items to burgers and hot dogs. There's a covered picnic area to use if you want to bring a lunch or just rest while the kids play. On our way back to the car, we stopped in to check out their little country store where we were met by a very happy parrot named Roscoe. In the store you can purchase souvenirs, small toys, candles, pumpkins and more. We spent several hours at Keller’s and assure you it's worth the drive!
Karen Finchum is a mom of two living in Rutherford County. She homeschools her twin boys, Grayson and Riley, and they enjoy activities together around Middle Tennessee and beyond.