Going to the pumpkin patch has become an annual tradition for our family, as for many. I love everything fall: Pumpkins, colored leaves, apple picking, hayrack rides and caramel apples. In our neck-of-the-woods there are ample options for pumpkin patches this time of year, and some are pricier than others. We haven’t gone to the-one-that-everyone-talks-about yet, though I’m sure it’s fun and wonderful and packed with things to do. And expensive. And crowded. (Those aren’t assumptions, those are testimonials from friends.) In this go-go-go society where kids are constantly bombarded with STUFF…stuff to have, stuff to do, stuff to watch…we tend to think that to entertain them, to have a successful family outing, that we have to go to a place with “lots to do”. I’m not saying you can’to do that and have fun, and if that’s your thing and in your budget, go for it! But if a more relaxed outing where you can actually notice the nice fall air rather than be aggravated that yu’re waiting in yet one.more.line. sounds great to you, then I think you can find places to go that will be enjoyable for everyone. And likely much cheaper, too! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
This was the simplest year we’ve had and while I’ve enjoyed every pumpkin patch experience, there’s just something special about simple, good-old fashioned fun and focusing on the time together!