We went to our first pumpkin patch (at Irvine Park - my favorite park!) the weekend before last when my Dad and step mom were visiting. It was hotter than hot that weekend but we decided to brave the heat and head to the pumpkin patch as soon as it opened. The early morning worked well as in there weren't too many people, but it definitely did not help with the heat. We rode the train, checked out the pumpkins, and played some games before leaving after about an hour and a half.
Our second pumpkin patch trip was to Tanaka Farms. We went to this pumpkin patch last year with our friends, Lauren and Seth, and their son, Logan (Mason's BFF), and this year, his new little baby sister, Norah, got to come too! Last year the boys weren't super into it, but this year was completely different and so much fun! (At least for the moms... the dads had to chase the kids around!) We went on Saturday night around 5pm and they closed at 6pm. It actually turned out to be the perfect time because it wasn't hot (at all - hallelujah!) and wasn't very crowded. I do wish that we could have gone maybe around 4:30 instead of 5 though to have a little extra time. Oh well, next year! We opted for the tractor ride over the petting zoo since we only had an hour and it was perfect. We practically had a private tractor tour as there was only one other family on the ride with us. And then we stopped to see the pumpkin get shot in the air by the pumpkin cannon and the boys were mesmerized. Though it was short, our visit was perfect!
Seriously, we had the VERY best time! The boys didn't want to leave and to be honest, neither did I. If we have another free weekend before Halloween, I totally want to go back!
So, you might be thinking "two pumpkin patches is kind of over kill" but no! They are actually both VERY different. The pumpkin patch a Irvine Park is more man made. The pumpkins are all picked and pretty much no matter which pumpkin you choose, it will be nice. They only set out the good ones so you don't have to sift through the bad ones to find the one you want. You just kind of choose what color and size you want and you're on your way. They also have a train ride (the train is always there) and then a bounce house and other games. Tanaka Farms is more real life farm. As you can tell from the pictures, there are just rows and rows of pumpkins. You can choose whatever one you want but you need to check it out before you buy it. There are tons of bad pumpkins (complete with flies and all), but it is the more farm experience that you might want. There's a tractor ride and a pumpkin cannon as well as a petting zoo. Both places are completely different and super fun. I love going to both each year!
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