Friday, October 22, 2010

A Trip to Schuster's Playtime Farm

On Sunday, I had a terrible night's sleep. I couldn't breath, due to a cold and couldn't swallow. I went to the doctor to find out that I had gotten Little Dude's strep throat (grrr...two weeks later!). We had our pumpkin patch adventure on the calendar for over a month and it's the only date we could fit it in on a weekend. So, off we went.

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.

The kids can enjoy digging in the mini kiddie tobacco barn maze and play in the corn sand box. Here, Little Diva is making a "corn angel".

The hayride seemed to be coming back every 20-30 minutes and the lines were getting long, but there was plenty of room for everyone. We took about a 10 minute ride out to a pumpkin patch and grabbed some fun, unique pumpkins this year. We paid for our pumpkins by the pound after we returned back to the farm. We purchased five nice pumpkins and only had to pay $8. We also porchased several fun mini pumpkins later on at the farm.

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!


  1. Those definitely are some unique pumpkins! Looks like a fun way to spend the day! Hope you are feeling better, enjoy the weekend!

  2. Looks so fun! We are going somewhere like that this weekend! Thanks for sharing your pics!

  3. Haha!! What a great comment - I love the things the kids say....!
    Looks like a great time!

  4. haha! sounds like a very fun time even though you are sick! Hope you feel better soon! That chair is HUGE!! and I LOVE the pumpkins you all picked out! :D

  5. So fun! We're hoping to go tomorrow for pumpkins and a corn maze!

  6. That looks like so much fun! I want to make snow angels!

  7. Thank you so much for the kind words! We are thrilled that your family added to the fun in October! Don and Theresa Schuster