I'll bet you have fond memories of taking your babies and little ones to the pumpkin patch each year. There's nothing cuter than a toddler with their arms wrapped tightly around a pumpkin bigger than them and giving it all their love. And probably some drool.
I am very fortunate to live in an area where there are many pumpkin farms, and have been taking my kids since before they were walking. Our favorite is a place called Rodoni Farms, on the California coast between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. It's on a hill overlooking the ocean, and is an actual working farm that also grows other vegetables. While Rodoni is quite large, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of some of the pumpkin "patches" in nearby Silicon Valley. You know, the kind of place where the pumpkins are really just a side-show to the carnival-like attractions and concessions. Instead, Rodoni has haystacks to climb on, giant tractor-wheels to play in, a corn-maze and A LOT of pumpkins.
We've taken many school field trips to Rodoni as well, as they offer educational programs where the kids get to learn about different pumpkin varieties and see their insides. I have many happy memories of our visits, and some great photos in my scrapbook.
But change is in the air. My oldest is losing interest in going out on these kind of adventures. He just wants to play on his tablet. Maybe you can relate. Does you kid just want to play Minecraft or snapchat with their friends? You suggest a family field trip to the pumpkin patch and are met with rolling eyes or maybe not even acknowledged at all. Or they just say "really mom, can't you just pickup some at the grocery store?"
Your answer should be a definitive "NO, we're going". Then find the best pumpkin patch in your area and go! I've seen positive outcomes with my kids, their friends, and my niece. Here's some of the benefits I've observed.
I hope you will get the opportunity to visit a pumpkin farm this year with your kids, no matter their age.
Happy pumpkin picking!
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