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There really is no place like Pumpkinville!

by Kirsten Holder

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It’s the ideal time of year, and OKC definitely has several exceptional fall events for families to enjoy with the treat of cooler weather. If you’re making lists of fall activities for your kids, put Pumpkinville at the Myriad Botanical Gardens at the top of that list! It is back in full swing this year at the Children’s Garden and is nothing short of magical. Our family had the pleasure of a sneak preview, so we’ve written up our favorite five features from our visit!

  1. All the details! This year’s Pumpkinville theme is the Land of Oz, and the decor did not disappoint. I was blown away by the exquisite pumpkin displays, murals and photo backdrops, but what really tipped me over the edge was the attention to detail. There was a pumpkin tornado with a hanging broom and bicycle that felt part of the storm, a pumpkin rainbow arch, the munchkins hidden throughout the gardens, a pumpkin yellow brick road, flying (sock) monkeys and so much more. I’m not sure what I expected upon arrival, but this was truly Disney-attraction quality. There were also nine opportunities to find ruby slippers (on or off the legs of the Wicked Witch of the West) which could be recorded on a bingo card. Filling it out makes you eligible to win prizes, so definitely pick one up!
  2. A space made new. If you’ve read past blogs of mine, you know the Myriad Gardens are at least a weekly trip in my household. However this visit was totally different and made us feel as if we were in another park entirely. In addition to the decor, games and engagement opportunities were around every corner. My toddler’s personal favorite was the foam-filled holes that made for fun jumping and burying activities. He must have played in that area for at least 30 minutes alone! Not to mention the hay bale maze in the place of the water fountain. It was just large enough to keep him entertained and challenged.
  3. Live characters. While we were there a very convincing Dorothy was walking around to engage with guests and offer photo opportunities, as well as read to the kids for story time. On Saturdays and Sundays, Glinda the good Witch will be available in the same capacity. If you’re looking to meet more characters, mark your calendar for Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. when the full Oz cast will be making an appearance.
  4. Crafts and storytime. There are many crafts throughout Pumpkinville that are free, but there are also several more involved activities that are paid, or reservations requested. My son was totally involved with the beaded pipe cleaner Indian corn craft. Paint pumpkins were another hit with us and many other kids and can be enjoyed for an additional $5 per pumpkin.
  5. Snacks. If you’re like my family, scouting out snacks and refreshments are usually our first priority in the event of the inevitable hangry-attack. The Myriad has a small food truck called the ICE House present at many of their events, and it offers cold drinks, healthy snacks and a little treat, too. This was our toddler’s first time having candy corn and it was a total hit! In addition, there is a snack stand with baked goods like chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies, pumpkin and banana bread, pumpkin pie and more. Enjoy at Pumpkinville or take home for a sweet way to savor the memories made!

Pumpkinville will be open Oct. 8 through 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free for members (family memberships start at $65) or $8 per person for non-members and free for ages 2 & under. Story time and free crafts are available every day, but programming varies on Saturday and Sunday. Some programming requires advance registration. Check out the schedule and additional Pumpkinville events, including Sensory Night and Toto’s Spooky Pooch Parade by clicking here.

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