The air is starting to feel cooler... the leaves are falling, you know what it is time for: FALL! And what a great way to celebrate it with taking the family to one of the many pumpkin patches around us. But where to go? Here's the top 5 choices our office came up with :)
1. Our old time favorite goes in the number one spot: Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch
There's not such a thing as an over the top Pumpkin Patch, but Irvine Park's one is almost one, in a great way. Not only the Irvine Park is gorgeous all year long, but for Halloween season they have a Haunted House, themed picture stands and many Halloween themed activities, on top of the train rides, hay rides, tractor races, bounce houses, face painting and many others. This place is super festive, so if you are looking for a spot for those Halloween pictures, this is it. The Pumpkin Patch is located just behind the train station and admission is FREE (Activity tickets are $5.00 each or buy a book of 15 tickets for $60.00 ($15.00 savings))! Note that a gate entrance fee will be charged by the County of Orange for each vehicle that enters Irvine Regional Park, and there's separate charges for the activities.
When: everyday from 10am to 5pm (6pm on weekends) through Halloween.
Where:1 Irvine Park Road,Orange
2. The second spot is for Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch!
If you've been to Tanaka Farms, then you kind of know why this is a great one, a really nice activity for the whole crew.Basically you can walk around the farm and look for activities, and of course, pumpkins. The Admission Charge is $2 per person, children under 2years old are free and Parking is Free. What's really cool here, is that they have a large farm wagon available for rides ($5 per person, under 2y is free), a large petting zoo ($3 per person, under 2y is free), corn maze (free) and u-pick vegetables ( $2.99 per lb). Over the weekends they will have a Harvest Festival with games, rides, food, pumpkin decorating activities, etc. This is well worth the visit. Take advantage and buy some local fresh produce done with organic practices. And ask for the tamales. Super yummy! And wear confortable closed toe shoes...
When: All October through Halloween, everyday from 9am to 6pm.
Where:5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine.
3. Our third spot is for Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Patch. Very conveniently located at the back of the Laguna Hills Mall, the one acre farm offers pony rides, a petting zoo, many rides, carnival games, puppet shows and other activities.
When: opens October 1st through Halloween,Monday – Thursday 10:30am – 9pm, Friday 10:30am – 10pm, Saturday 10am – 10pm & Sundays 10am – 9pm.
Where:24155 Laguna Hills Mall
4. The fourth spot is for Zoomars!
This is a cute place to take the kids too, as they have a large petting zoo, a mini train and pony rides, apart from having a great selection to the Pumpkin Patch. General admission is $10 for adults & $8 for kids. And after, you can take a walk through beautiful and historical San Juan Capistrano.
When: open daily fom 9am to 5pm.
Where:31791 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano
5. Our fifth spot is for Johnson Brothers Pumpkin Patch. In Irvine, in addition to the thousands of pumpkins to choose from, they have a petting zoo with many animals, do it yourself face painting, an Indian Village, a play area for kids and a bounce house.
When: opens October 1st through Halloween.Everyday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Where: 15500 Jeffrey Road and Irvine Center Drive, Irvine.
A memorable spot goes for Mountain Pines Christmas Tree Farm and Pumpkin Patch. This one is not as big as the rest listed here, but if you are looking for something smaller with enough activities for the kids too, this one does the trick. They havehuge selection of beautiful, vibrant pumpkins along with all of the pumpkin carving accessories you can think of. Enjoy the jumpers, obstacle course, and a new 25 foot rock climbing, double-slide for the kids all month long.Free admission and parking lot.
When: October through October 30th. Monday through Thursday 1:00pm to dusk Friday 1-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 8pm.
And... yes, we live in the OC, so that means there's always going on at Disneyland, Legoland, Knott's Berry Farm and the like. So check out those respective places websites for info on Halloween fun!