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Take a Trip to Pumpkinville!

by Kirsten Holder

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Load up your ‘handy packs’ (my four-year-old’s interpretation of fanny packs) and travel across the world at Pumpkinville Presented by OG&E! We’ve all missed traveling over the past few years, and Pumpkinville brought the best international sights right here to OKC. The displays this year are truly amazing – inspired by retro postcards, wildlife from around the world, and displays made of more than 30,000 pumpkins, gourds, haystacks and mums signifying landmarks and differing cultures.

“Don’t miss” details:

  • The attention to detail is something I look forward to at Pumpkinville every year. Start your “journey” by placing a pin to your farthest-traveled destination on the map at the entrance.
  • Countries represented include China, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico and Egypt. The most perfect autumn backdrop for your family photo opps can be found throughout the grounds. Keep an eye out for the large Okie display as well!
  • Speaking of Oklahoma, don’t miss a chance to “get your kicks” with a photo opp along Route 66, including clever displays of the iconic Blue Whale, Pop’s Soda and the Arcadia Round Barn.
  • “Hey look kids, Big Ben!” Start your Pumpkinville ride aboard the Pumpkinville Express! Check out the clever scenes as you walk through the tunnel to lands far and away.
  • My four year old is just getting to the point where he knows a bit about geography and cultural locations (thanks PBS Kids). If you have older kids, take this experience as an opportunity to learn together! The signs around the Pumpkinville grounds were truly interesting and educational. Did you know the word for “pumpkin” in Chinese is “nánguā?” Keep an eye out for other signs to encourage learning and discussion with your family.
  • The entire Children’s Playground area of Pumpkinville is filled with colorful pumpkin displays, and the “bamboo forest” is no exception. Become a mummy, pose like a sphinx or take a photo by the (pumpkin) pyramids!
  • Just outside the gated grounds of Pumpkinville is the water stage. It’s worth taking the kids on a walk across the bridge just to see the enormous sugar skull display! What a beautiful way to commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Fun things to “know before you go:

  • If you’re like us you’ve got kids in tow who will not smile for a picture until they’ve had their chance to get the wiggles out. The Children’s Garden still has plenty of space to run, climb and explore, with a little added color and international inspiration to freshen up some of the kids’ favorite areas.
  • Speaking of setting yourself up for photo success, Mo’s Carousel is open for unlimited rides (with Pumpkinville admission). I’m not saying I used this as a bribe… okay I might have used this as a bribe for a good photo!
  • Take a beat and refuel! Kettle Corn and sweet treats are available at the entrance of Pumpkinville, and the ICE House keeps cold drinks and healthy snacks readily available, too.
  • Pumpkins are available for painting on-site, or you can purchase pumpkins to take home and create your own colorful displays!

Don’t forget, Pumpkinville isn’t a one-time visit event! With plenty of activities through Oct. 22, you’ll find many reasons to visit over and over again. Check out story time provided by the Metropolitan Library Monday through Saturday at 2pm, as well as unique and creative classes such as hieroglyphic writing, traditional Mexican paper flower making,  plant scavenger hunts, plus free Mo’s Carousel rides every day. There’s even an Oktoberfest date night opportunity on Oct. 12 (21+ only).

Pumpkinville will be through Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. General admission tickets for ages 3 and above are $9 per person, while members and children aged 2 and under enter for free. Become a member online to save on fees! Some special programming/classes require advance registration. Check out the schedule and additional Pumpkinville events, including Sensory Night, story time and culture-specific classes.

Kirsten Holder is a transplant from Michigan but calls the “land that is grand” her home. She graduated from Oklahoma City University and is passionate about the arts, community development and small business. She is the senior project manager for MetroFamily Magazine, and lives in a historic pocket in OKC with her young kids Jimmy and Millie,  husband Andrew and new puppy, Roserock.

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