It’s that time! And we are ready for it…cooler weather (thumbs up for sweatshirt and shorts days!) and much lower humidity. This weather ushers in the ever-popular Pumpkin Patch/Fruit Orchard season in and around Kansas City.
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Carolyn’s Country Cousins is Kansas City’s oldest and largest pumpkin patch in the metro area. General Admission includes activities such as a petting zoo, Goat climb, Trike path and Gourd Tunnel, Duck Races, Rainbow Play Center, Fossil House, Dino Dig, and much much more! Carolyn’s hosts school field trip groups and birthday parties. New in 2012 is Grandpa’s Giant 8-foot Rocking Chair perfect for a family photo. General Admission is $8 to $10 per person.
Faulkner’s Pumpkin Farm Faulkner’s Ranch huge Pumpkin Season Celebration Oct. 1st -Oct. 31st, 2012. 10am – 6pm daily. Family Play Area admission just $7.00 per person plus tax. Quality fall family fun, pumpkins galore and fall decor. New group hayride package, birthday parties, and playdates. Click here for more details!
KC Pumpkin Patch (Gardner, KS) – Features over 60 activities for the entire family. This place has so much to see and do–general admission gets you into the petting zoo, bouncing pillow, haunted barn, hay bale maze and more! New in 2012: Celebrate KC Pumpkin Patch’s 10-Year Anniversary with their T-Bones-themed corn maze…FREE with admission! You’ll find full concessions as well as neat add-ons like the popular gourd gun and a new candy shop. They will even host birthday parties and school field trips. Be sure to purchase your tickets online and receive a discount.
KC Fear Farm (Gardner, KS) -KC Fear Farm is the metro’s newest haunted attraction! OPENS SAT SEPT 29, 2012, at dusk! You’ve never seen anything like this…it makes a haunted “house” look like child’s play! Recommended for ages 12+. Located just south of Olathe off I-35. They are in the DARK and outside…perfect for freaks, clowns, zombies and mayhem. There are 5 terrific haunted areas on site, all included with admission: Field of Screams, Insane Reaction, Circus Asylum, Kansas Twister and Buried Alive.
Alldredge Orchards (Platte City) – apples, pumpkins, playground and more!
Blue Valley Recreation: 20th Annual Family Fall Festival. Saturday 10/20/12, 1-4pm at the Rec Complex, fields 2-4, 9701 W. 137th St., OPKS. Ages 9 and under. Games, face painting, petting zoo, huge kites, horse-drawn hayrides, clowns, moonwalk, & refreshments! First 500 registered receive a pumpkin and a treat bucket. $5; non residents: $6. Register by calling 913.685.6000 or online.
Looper Farms (Holt, MO – just north of Clay County on I-35) – u-pick pumpkin patch, hayrides, trainrides
Pumpkins, Etc. (Platte City, MO) – pumpkins, mums, haystacks and fall decor
Red Barn Farm (Weston, MO) – pumpkins, animals, hayrides and corn maze
Schweizer’s Orchard (St. Joseph, MO) – pick your own apples and pumpkins!
Vaughn Orchard, 816-386-2900 (Weston, MO) – pick your own apples and pumpkins CLOSED
Faulkner’s Pumpkin Farm (Kansas City, MO – south of I-470) – a TON of family-friendly fun!
8th Annual Pumpkin Patch for DeLaSalle School – Oct. 6, 2012, 10am-2pm, Brookside Park (56th St at Brookside Blvd, KCMO) features pumpkins, ponies, inflatables and music! Admission is free with donation suggested for pumpkins.
Cass County, MO (just south of KCMO):
The Berry Patch (just south of Leawood & Martin City) – UPick blackberries available until the first hard fall freeze.
Dunn’s Cider Mill (Belton, MO) – cider and donuts!
Johnson Farms (Belton, MO) – you pick pumpkins, playground, animals and more!
Pumpkins & Pines (Pleasant Hill, MO) – tons of varieties of pumpkins!
Shuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch (Pleasant Hill, MO) – HUGE cornfield maze, pumpkins and variety of activities
Johnson County, KS:
Wagon Wheel Orchard (Gardner, KS) – fall apples and pears. Be sure to check the picking report!
Miami County, KS (just south of Johnson County, KS):
Louisburg Cider Mill and Country Store (Louisburg, KS) – cider, donuts and fun activities!
Powell Pumpkin Patch (Louisburg, KS) – you pick pumpkins, playground, hayrides, corn maze
Douglas County, KS (just west of Johnson County, KS):
Pendleton’s Country Market (Lawrence, KS) – pick your own pumpkins and more
Schaakes Pumpkin Patch (Lawrence, KS) – you pick pumpkins, hayrides, mazes, animals
Eastern Jackson County, MO:
Sibley Orchards (Sibley, Jackson County, MO) – apples, pumpkins, hayrides & cider!
Wyandotte County, KS:
Kerby Farm Pumpkin Patch (Bonner Springs, KS) – pumpkins, corn maze, hayrides
Our friends over at VisitKC.com put together a terrific Google Map showing most of these locations.
* image of Jim Cosgrove courtesy of KC Pumpkin Patch