Tips for the Best Day at the Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin Patches are Fall Amusement Parks offering fun-filled attractions for the entire family! With Pumpkin Cannons, Pony Rides, Pumpkin Chomping Dinosaurs, Creative Play Areas, Jumping Pillows, Corn Cribs, Train Rides, Corn Mazes, Ziplines, Forts, Petting Zoos, Tipis, Inflatables, and of course... hayrides to pick the perfect pumpkin, a visit to the local Pumpkin Patch is a Fall Bucket List MUST! With so many local patches to choose from, and so many activities to enjoy, how do you make the most of the fun?
What to Wear:
- Pumpkin Patches offer tons of fun Photo Ops! Consider fall themed clothes for little ones.
- Pumpkin Patches are basically working farms. While they are clean, well maintained, and some paths are paved for visitors - there will be a lot of walking and that includes hay, gravel, fields, petting zoos, and more. Close toed shoes (tennis shoes) are best.
- Wear comfy clothes with climbing on hay bales, playing in playgrounds, enjoying a hayride, exploring a patch for the perfect pumpkin, riding ponies, and petting animals in mind!
When to Visit:
- Each patch offers Special Events throughout the season (watch the KC Parent Pumpkin Patch Guide and our blogs reviewing local patches (Coming Soon!) for tips and visit the patch websites before your visit to see favorite entertainers).
- Plan to spend 3 or more hours at a patch (we often spend up to six hours at a patch). Most patches sell food. A few permit you to bring your own picnic, but most do not - plan ahead. Be sure to remember your child's appetite and rest needs for the most fun!
- Weekdays are great for Groups if you lead a scout group, school group, or play group.
- Many patches offer discounts on Mondays (especially early on Mondays) as that is a slower time for groups.
- Weekends offer more "Extras" - Entertainers, more attractions open, special events, etc.
What to Bring:
- A well charged phone or camera. You'll want to capture lots of great fall memories for the scrapbook.
- Pumpkin Patch Coupons from KCParent.com
- Hand Sanitizer is available throughout most of the patches, but you may want to have some on hand in case there are lines.
- Diaper Bag
- Bottled Water (if allowed - this varies from patch to patch)
- Picnic (if allowed - this varies from patch to patch)
- Money for pumpkins (this is an additional charge), food, extra attractions and any souvenirs or items purchased in gift shops.
- Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Friends, the WHOLE Gang! This is a great outing for the ENTIRE family!
Every year we hear the same questions, "Isn't it true - once you've been to one patch you've seen them all?" And the answer is a definite "No".... one of the things we LOVE about our annual pumpkin patch reviews is noticing and appreciating the differences between them. Each patch has its own theme and atmosphere. Some are large, some are small, they have different attractions and personalities. The one thing they all share in common: they are all locally owned family businesses operated by people who love the community, love children, and love celebrating the season with you. Visit our Kansas City Pumpkin Patch Guide to pick the best patch for your memory making this year.