Pumpkin Patches and Activities!!
This is my favorite time of year since the weather is finally starting to cool down! I love getting into the fall spirit by doing family activities such a pumpkin patches, hay rides, horse back riding, and haunted houses.
Fall Pumpkin Celebration at Apple Annie’s Produce and Pumpkins in Wilcox, Az: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Now through Oct. 31st. Take a hay ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkins, fall vegetables and apples! Admission includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch and a childrens play area. The farm also features a corn maze with three difficulty levels, an “All-You-Can-Eat” pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and a burger lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3 admission, prices vary for pumpkins and vegetables. Apple Annie’s Produce and Pumpkins, 6405 W. Williams Road, Willcox. 520-384-4685. www.appleannies.com.
Pumpkin Festival at Freeman Farms in Chino Valley, Az: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Now through Oct. 31st. Pick your own pumpkin from the vine while enjoying the working farm. Visitors can also check out giant donkeys and other animals in the petting zoo. Other activities include hay rides and a mini-corn maze. $3 pumpkin patch, $10 all attractions, individual activity pricing available. Freeman Farms, Elemental Farms 1096 E. Road 3 South, Chino Valley. 520-850-3990. www.azpumpkins.com.
Pumpkin Patch at Mother Natures Farm in Gilbert : 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Now through Nov. 5 Purchase pumpkins and decorate them, plus inflatable bounce house, hay rides, a straw bounce, animal feeding and Alexander’s Adventure Maze created with bales of hay. Hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, drinks and snow cones, are available for purchase and dine at picnic tables or in the grassy field. Mother Nature’s Farm, 1663 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert. $7, $3 adults. 480-892-5874. www.mothernaturesfarm.com
Pumpkin and Chili Party at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Voted as one of the best family friendly experiences by Phoenix Magazine, this pumpkin patch festival offers something for everyone. Featured rides are hay wagon, roller coaster, carousels and trains. Try finding your way through a 4- or 10-acre cornfield maze or relax by a bonfire and roast marshmallows. A rock-climbing wall, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and grilled food are also featured. $15, $10 military, $7.50 for Queen Creek residents on Thursdays, $7.50 for age 60 and older Thursdays and Fridays, free age 2 and younger, $12 discount tickets available at Fry’s. Schnepf Farms, 24810 Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. 480-987-3100. www.schnepffarms.com.
Pumpkin Days and Fall Maze at Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale, Az: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Now through Nov. 21st. Find the perfect pumpkin for your family in the pumpkin patch, get lost in the 6-acre family corn maze or be daring and try to find your way through the haunted corn maze. Children’s activities include a petting zoo, train rides and a hay pyramid. Hours change in November; call for new times. Tolmachoff Farms, 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale. $7, free age 1 or younger. 623-386-1301. www.tolmachoff-farms.com.
Fall Festival at Vertuccio Farms in Mesa, Az: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays. Now through Nov. 20th. Families can make their way through a 10-acre corn maze, jump in the bounce house, pick a pumpkin from the patch and ride on the barrel train. See turkeys, ducks, donkeys, pigs and cows. Hot dogs, barbecue, Icees, soda and kettle corn are available for purchase. Non-perishable food donations are accepted for St. Mary’s Food Bank for a $1 discount on admission.$6, free age 4 and younger. Closed Monday-Wednesday after Nov. 1. Vertuccio Farms, 4011 S. Power Road, Mesa. 480-650-6606 or 480-650-6611. www.vertucciofarms.com.
Fall Festival at Agua Linda Farm in Tucson, Az: 5-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. This annual festival lets families spend a day on a real, working farm, while enjoying a pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo, pony rides, vegetable picking, a hay-bale maze, live music and movie nights Fridays and Saturdays. There’s also plenty to eat and games to play. $7 per car. Agua Linda Farm, 2643 E. Frontage Road, Amado. 520-398-3218. www.agualindafarm.net.
Farmers Market: Harvest and Halloween in Phoenix at City North: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday Oct. 17 ONLY This family friendly farmers market features a pumpkin patch, hay bales, a train and balloon animals. City North retailers offer specials, and fresh local produce, plants and holiday wreaths are available for purchase. Musical entertainment is provided, and kids’ activities include a “play factory,” face painting, pony rides and root-beer floats. Free admission. City North, 5515 E. Deer Valley Drive, Phoenix. 480-319-8700. www.facebook.com/ccofcitynorth.
The Great Pumpkin Festival in Phoenix at Desert Botanical Gardens: 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 21-22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 23-24. Take a hayride out to the garden’s pumpkin patch where children ages 12 and younger can choose their own pumpkin for free. A petting zoo, hay-bale maze and live country-Western entertainment are also featured. Activities included in garden’s admission. $15, $13.50 ages 60 and older, $7.50 students with ID, $5 children age 3-12, free for members and children 2 and younger. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. 480-941-1225. www.dbg.org.
“Halo-Win” at Avalon Organic Gardens in Tubac, Az: Sunday Oct. 31st 3-5 p.m. This Halloween festival features face painting, games, kids’ activities and live music. Visitors can compete in a costume contest for a chance to win a free garden tour and lunch for the family at the Avalon Organic Gardens, Farm and Ranch near Tubac. Proceeds benefit nonprofit teen and young adult rehabilitation programs and the Avalon Gardens internships of Global Community Communications Alliance. Free, donations accepted. Tubac Music Plaza, 29 Tubac Plaza, Tubac. 520-398-2542. www.avalongardens.org
Pumpkin Patch at MacDonalds Ranch in Scottsdale, Az: Open 7 days a week 9am-6pm. Now through Oct. 30th. $7 per person entrance fee, Bring 1 or more cans food for $1 off. Pumpkins range from $3 – $12 depending on size. Hayride to Pumpkin Patch, Hay Maze, Petting Zoo, Free Pony rides (just tip the person leading the horse), Sack Races, Horse Shoe Games, and More! MacDonalds Ranch in North Scottsdale 26540 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale Az 85255 480-585-0239 www.macdonaldsranch.com