We love to go to the pumpkin patch each year. Not being at home we had to find one nearby. This particular patch caught our eye each time we drove to the cousins for a visit as they had a big hay spider on the side of the road. Back home we could pick any night of the week to head to the pumpkin patch, but it seems here in Maryland, that is not the case. Most patches are only open on weekends, if they are open during the week, it is simply to pick a pumpkin with no other fun activities. So we adjusted our traditional family night activity, to a Saturday.
The kids had a great time picking out their pumpkins. No small ones could be found, all medium or larger. I read in the paper that most of the small sized pumpkins on the east coast did not make due to flooding from Irene and Lee. Our family rule is the kids have to be able to each carry their pumpkin in order to get it. This keeps the “big eyes” eyes in check. Calvin struggled as he really wanted a big pumpkin. He barely made it to the wagon with his pumpkin. And Benjamin struggled to find one he could carry. Isabel helped him out a few times—what a great sister.
They had some great activities for the kids. A big sand box made of corn kernels. And a “tractor pull” of tractor trikes. They had a small petting zoo and a short maze for the kids to run through together.
A week later we were able to carve our pumpkins with the cousins. It was a fun time.