What better way to get those Instagram-worthy pumpkin pics than visiting a fall pumpkin patch? With the plethora of pumpkin-themed fall fun to be had around the Oklahoma City metro, it can feel extra nice to know your family’s good time also helps others. In this special autumnal edition of Near & Far, we highlight two Oklahoma pumpkin patches that are welcoming families with fall follies for a good cause!
Near: Wings Fall Festival
Wings Fall Festival is entering its ninth year with extended hours and new happenings. All proceeds from the festival benefit the programs of the Wings Special Needs Community, which enhances the lives of adults with developmental disabilities with social, vocational and residential programs. Wings members collaborate with local nonprofit partners every week, assembling hygiene kits, cooking for foster families and sharpening thousands of pencils for metro teachers.
Each fall Wings welcomes metro families to join their community during the Fall Festival, open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 13. The traditional hayrides, pumpkin train rides, corn maze, bounce houses, pony rides, games and hay slide will be available throughout the entire festival, and Saturdays feature additional activities like Touch-a-Truck with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Edmond police and fire departments. A petting zoo and the Land Run Alpacas will also make special appearances.
Score cute porch décor at the impressive pumpkin patch, with plenty of photo opps and pumpkins and gourds of every size, shape and color for sale. For just $5 per child plus the price of your pumpkin of choice, you can get your family fall fun fix, purchase your fall décor and make a big impact on a deserving metro organization. Find all the festival details at www.facebook.com/WingsOK.
Far: Kenny Farms
Kenny Farms in Woodward started as a birthday celebration and grew into what the Kenny family calls an ultimate “agritainment” adventure! The family expanded their daughter’s, Lady Caroline, farm-themed party into a Fall Family Farm Festival, now
in its fourth year of operation. The farm invites families to spend a day enjoying a variety of activities for all ages including a corn pit, giant slide, zip line, pumpkin slingshot and bounce pad. An interactive petting farm features just about every barnyard animal you can imagine: llamas, alpacas, cows, horses, rabbits, donkeys and more. And, on one special night, Kenny Farms hosts foster families from the Woodward area, completely free of charge.
“Foster kids and their foster and biological families get the run of the farm and can have an evening to make memories together,” said Jennica Kenny. “We know that foster families get assistance but it is costly to provide for extra children and we wanted to let them have fun together with no extra stress.”
The farm also hosts school field trips at a discounted rate and family fun nights for local churches.
“The reason we do the farm is because we enjoy seeing kids experience life on the farm and the freedom to run and explore,” said Kenny. “That is what keeps us going and has been the greatest blessing for our family.”
The fall festival is open until Oct. 27 on Saturdays and Sundays and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for Kiddie Days, featuring half-price admission. To learn more, visit www.kennyfarms.com.