And, it was a blast. I browsed the Moms in Madison website (HERE) for some ideas on pumpkin patches and day trips. Ultimately, we decided to visit Schuster's Playtime Farm (HERE) in Deerfield, WI this year. It's not too far from our house and we had visited the farm five years ago with Little Diva.
WOW. The farm expended .... tremendously ... over the past five years. The place was packed, the sun was out and the day was beautiful. Suddenly, I felt a little better (or perhaps the Penicillin was kicking in?!?!?)! They had ample parking and had several new play areas and attractions. They also had an adorable barn with some crafts and a bakery that sold seasonal fudge (think pumpkin pie!), caramel apples and other sweet treats.
Well worth a one-two hour drive if you are looking for a day trip. We spent about four hours there with with the kids that afternoon.
We each purchased a $7 wrist band for the farm fun package (pricing list here) . It included entry into the small corn maze, the play yard, a ticket for one ride/attraction, animal farm/petting zoo, pig races, and a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch (pumpkin not included).
Tons of port-o-potties and even two outdoor family restrooms with regular toilets and sinks. It was great for one that is potty training and another that has to go all the time at the last minute!
They added these adorable little play houses that the kids spent FOREVER playing in. One was set up like a school and the other like a general store. They enjoyed playing together, playing pretend and making new friends.
They also had some fun attractions that you could purchase cheap tickets for: Jumping pillow, Corn cannon OR Pumpkin blaster, Barrel Train ride (which the kids are enjoying below), Gemstone Mining (which was really popular), and several other fun activities in the evening such as haunted forest, mazes and bonfires.
I laughed when someone told Little Diva that we certainly had some interesting pumpkins. She said, "Well, we're an interesting family!". Love that kid!