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Take a Trip to Pumpkinville!

by Sara Riester

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This past weekend, my kids and I started our Halloween fun early with a trip to Pumpkinville at the Myriad Gardens. From October 12th through October 31st, the children’s garden is transformed into an imaginative wonderland for children celebrating all things fall. As we entered Pumpkinville, we took the obligatory group photo by the scarecrow at the entrance (there is nothing more elusive than a photo of four kids all smiling at the same time).

My kids and their friends immediately scattered as they explored the play area adorned with all kinds of fall and Halloween decorations. In addition to the usual play structures, Pumpkinville offers a small hay maze. Unlike full-size (and terrifying) corn mazes, this one was not even tall enough to confuse my 3-year-old, but it was certainly big enough for her to have a ball running through one side to the other. My son, on the other hand, declared it not challenging enough and returned to scaling the giant hill.

After climbing every hill, spinning on the spinners, and exploring every hole, we headed over to the porch to paint pumpkins. The kids had fun creating spiders, owls and Frankenstein monsters on their pumpkins. In addition to pumpkin painting, we enjoyed some yummy treats and looked around at the beautiful flowers in the garden. 

We left our pumpkins to dry while we did some more playing and enjoyed a picnic lunch in the pavilion outside the children’s garden. It was a great way to mark the beginning of fall fun!

Pumpkinville is open Sundays-Thursdays from 10am-6pm and Fridays-Saturdays from 10am-7pm. Admission is FREE for members and $5 for nonmember children or $3 for nonmember adults. Pumpkins for painting can be purchased for $5 each. Click here for more information.

Come visit on Wednesdays in October from 5-6pm for Spooky Stories featuring classic children’s books and a small craft to take home.

Happy Haunting!

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