Sunday, October 24, 2010

Harvest Festival: Room for Improvement

I think the Stamford Museum and Nature Center is the best place for kids in Stamford, but I was disappointed in the Harvest Festival.
By the time I got there at 2:30, they were out of cider and cider donuts, which were pretty much the only reason I went. On top of that, I had to pay 5 bucks for the event (for non-members it was $10). The kid and I didn't do anything except look at the animals. I wasn't interested in face-painting, food or story-telling.
I am taking this as a learning experience to get there EARLY next year. It started at 11. I'll be in the parking lot at 10:45 at the LATEST! I was trying to avoid the crowd, and full parking lots, but now I realize that you have to leap into the fray if you expect to get anything good in Fairfield County. Lesson learned.
Still, I hope next year the planners will recognize that at a family event, some people will arrive later because of nap schedules, and perhaps reserve some of the goodies for the later shift!

At least it was a beautiful day, the kid was well-behaved, and I ran into like 6 of my friends (who also missed out on cider and donuts).

They also ran out of popcorn, which I didn't notice, but my friend's kid was not happy about that.


jfamous said...

I'm glad I wasn't the only one who was disappointed!! All of the events that my girls would have liked only happened at certain times. I would have needed to bring a personal secretary to plan it all out for me! With our family of 5 we paid $20 and ended up only staying for an hour. We really loved the spring festival this year but we won't be going back to the harvest festival again.

Kevin McKeever said...

We had the same experience at a Maple Syrup Sunday event there once. Got there in early afternoon and all the pancakes were gone. The people at the SMNC are pretty open to suggestions and making improvements, so you should tell them.