It's an unwritten rule in the "Book of Parenting" that if you have young kids, you must take them apple picking.

As a public service -- because you know your kids are gonna bug you about it -- I am listing some fantastical locations where you can pick your own apples, maybe catch a hayride, eyeball a pig or two, or even sample some of those amazing cider donuts.

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    BLUE JAY ORCHARDS - BETHEL

    Let the picking begin! This is my most favorite orchard of all time because my wife and I used to bring each of our three kids here every September! Unfortunately because of the weather, apple picking will be limited to Saturdays and Sundays this season BUT Blue Jay's Farm Market is open everyday from 9am till 6pm. Blue Jay is located at 125 Plumtrees Road in Bethel and they do hayrides and a pumpkin patch.

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    SILVERMAN'S FARM - EASTON

    Silverman's Farm is located at 451 Sport Hill Rd. in Easton and their orchard is open for picking. They also have a farm market, pumpkin patch, florist and greenhouse, and an animal farm....perfect for the kids! They're open from 9am to 5pm and their number is 203-261-3306.

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    WARRUP'S FARM - WEST REDDING

    I couldn't find much information on the Warrup's Farm website but I did find some amazing reviews. The farm has been in the family for generations. They're located at 11 John Read Road in Redding. For more info, call 203-938-9403.

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    BEARDSLEY'S CIDER MILL AND ORCHARDS - SHELTON

    You'll find Beardsley's at 278 Leavenworth Rd.(Rt.110) in Shelton. Apple picking is only on weekends from 10am to 5pm. Their farm bakery is awesome and their homemade pies are 'to die for'! They suggest you call ahead for apple picking availability at 203-926-1098

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    AVERILL FARM - WASHINGTON

    Believe it or not Averill Farms has been owned by the same family since 1746. Sam Averill(9th genration) and his wife, Susan run the farm and their orchards are open through Thanksgiving from 9:30 until 5:30 seven days a week. The farm also sells their homemade apple cider along with their amazing apple cider donuts, pies, jams and jellies, and pumpkins, etc. They're located at 250 Calhoun Road, in Washington, CT.

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    HARVEST MOON FARM AND ORCHARD - NORTH SALEM, NY

    Harvest Moon is your 'full service' apple picking orchard located at 130 Hardscrabble Road in North Salem, NY, where each weekend through October 30th they feature their 'Fall Festivals' complete with apple picking, pumpkins, bouncy house, hayrides, apple cannons, games, and live music! For all of their activities, and which kind of apples are ripe for the picking, go to harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com.

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    OUTHOUSE ORCHARDS - NORTH SALEM, NY

    Outhouse Orchards is at 139 Hardscrabble Rd. in North Salem where apple picking is going on now through early November. Another family owned farm, Outhouse not only features apple picking but pumpkins, a new corn maze, and hay rides. For info and directions, call 914-277-3188.

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