Is it really fall without a visit to a local pumpkin patch? The answer at my house is a resounding NO! Our family is notorious for buying too many orange gourds and filling our weekends with pumpkin patch fun. Whether your family plans to visit as many fall festivals as possible or you’re more discerning about selecting just the right one for your crew, peruse my kids’ favorite pumpkin patches for inspiration.
Wings Fall Festival is hands down our family’s favorite fall tradition. We love squeezing our brood in the gourd-shaped cars of the pumpkin train, bouncing along on the hayride, getting lost in the corn maze and petting the variety of farmyard friends. I’m always impressed by the gentle horses and friendly volunteers at the pony rides. Saturdays include even more fall fun, with appearances by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol vehicles and Land Run Alpacas, among others.
Cute photo opps abound at the pumpkin patch, where we purchase our fall decor every year. Proceeds from patch tickets, $5 per child, and the sale of gourds in all shapes, sizes and colors benefit Wings, a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of adults with developmental disabilities with social, vocational and residential programs. Our favorite part of the festival is meeting Wings members, many of whom also have art for sale at the event. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 13.
Pumpkinville at the Myriad Gardens is the place of this fall- and pumpkin-obsessed mom’s dreams. Simply walking through the Children’s Garden to see the thousands of pumpkins used to creatively decorate the space brings me so much joy. My kids love the innovative playground equipment, painting pumpkins and exploring the mini-village made of gourds.
Sneak peek: this year’s theme will be a vintage autumn carnival with clever nods to the past creating an air of nostalgia and eccentricity. Members and kids under 2 get in free; nonmembers are $8. Admission includes rides on Mo’s Carousel just outside the garden! Open Oct. 11 through 27.
Worth the Drive
Rustic Roots is on our family’s list to visit for the first time this year. Located an hour and a half north of the metro in Lamont, Rustic Roots offers loads of family fall fun, including corn and hay mazes, a hay fort, a giant jumping pad, farmyard games, a train, a petting zoo and pumpkins for sale. After dark, a haunted maze is available for the adventurous. The patch partners with 4RKids Foundation to provide opportunities for kids and adults with special needs. Tickets range from $8 to $12. Open through Nov. 2.
Kenny Farms is located in Woodward, about a 2-hour drive northwest of the metro, perfect to pair with a weekend camping or hiking in Alabaster Caverns or Boiling Springs state parks. (Fall Break plans, perhaps?) The farm’s fun includes a corn pit, giant slide, zip line, pumpkin slingshot and bounce pad. An interactive petting farm features just about every barnyard animal your little ones could imagine. The farm makes a point to host local foster families free of charge every year. Admission is $10. Open through Oct. 27.
Looking for even more pumpkin patch fun? Check out our full guide of metro pumpkin patches. Or find spooky fun for the older set here. Have a favorite pumpkin patch or fall event you don’t see in our fall guides? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org