Two years ago, I took my 18 month old on a mommy and me date to Pack’s Pumpkin Patch. We needed a little one-on-one time in the midst of all of the adjustments we were making with a new baby at home and having just finished a three week stay in the NICU (she arrived eight weeks early). We had so much fun and I loved everything that Pack’s had to offer so I vowed to make it an annual tradition for our family.
Where: 1700 West Glovers Lane, Farmington
Cost: $6 per person (hay maze and pumpkin patch are free admission)
We tried two times to get to Pack’s earlier this month but sick kids changed our first planned outing and the thunderstorm earlier this week foiled our second adventure. The next night we were able to throw together a spontaneous visit and even though we were there in the middle of a big event, we had a lot of fun! This family owned farm has a lot of options for free family fun with additional activities for a small cost.
Because we’d only planned a short outing and needed to get our toddlers home to bed, we decided to stick with the free activities for our outing and it was perfect! I’m already wanting to go back and do it again before the season is over. Our toddlers could have run through the hay maze for hours and never tired. They stuck to one side of the maze and it was the less busy side so it worked perfectly for us. The hay is tall enough that kids of all ages aren’t able to see over but parents can see over the top to keep an eye on kids in other areas of the maze and help guide kids in the direction to find their way out when they’re ready.
After you’ve conquered the hay maze, you can participate in the paintball shootout, bump your way down a pvc pipe slide, roll in large tubes across a course, play in the corn pit or one of many other fun activities for a small price per family member. Like I said, we didn’t do any of those activities on this visit, but they looked like a lot of fun and were unique to Pack’s, not something that you’d find at every other pumpkin patch around town.
We made our way over to the pumpkin patch and roamed through the pumpkins with our kiddos. They had fun poking their heads through the photo op murals and loved sitting on the tractor that we found staged at the back of the patch. Our goal for the night was to go home with a few mini pumpkins that the kids could carry around and play with inside the house and we found those in the boxes near the barn. They also have a variety of squash and other fall produce.
Many nights you’ll find food trucks and other booths set up to enhance your pumpkin patch experience. Inside the barn you can purchase your pumpkins and a variety of other goodies, and have your photo taken to record your memory of the fun family adventure that you just went on.
Our kids had so much fun at Pack’s Family Farm and so did we! They were raving about it the entire drive home and those mini pumpkins are their current prized possessions. If we can fit in another visit before the season is over, we will and this time we’ll pay for the extra activities as well. No matter what, you can bet that this will be a family tradition for years to come!