Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch

To kick off our fall festivities, I knew I wanted to start at Tanaka Farms! This is our second year in a row visiting this amazing pumpkin patch. My boys love it, and I do too. There’s so much to do here and it is a perfect size for a family to explore. This is one reason, my friend Jen and I wanted to host a Hello Kitty craft with some of our mommy bloggers and their children.

You can begin your adventure by taking a family picture with the Hello Kitty statue. In no particular order feel free to explore the following areas:

  1. Pumpkin patch – This is a magical patch filled with a variety of pumpkins and photo ops scattered around. Don’t forget to grab a pumpkin guide map because there’s a reference on the different types of pumpkins. I love any learning opportunity to teach my kids about pumpkins and making it an I Spy game when we are walking around.
  2. Corn maze – This is such a fun corn maze! Looking to get your kids exercising? This is a great place to freely run around and let them find their way out. There are additional photo ops located inside so make sure to find your way to the center of the maze!img_3742
  3. Barnyard educational exhibit – I love this interactive experience we get with some farm animals (bunnies, chickens, sheep, and pigs). You can purchase a cup of food to feed the chickens, or take a minute to give a belly rub to the two cutest pigs I have ever seen. Learn about farm animals!
  4. Wagon ride – I recommend taking this ride when you need a little break from running around. Enjoy a nice ride around the farm while listening to the story behind Tanaka Farm and watching the pumpkin canon launch!
  5. Vegetable picking – This was by far one of my favorite activities. You will be guided to an area near the pumpkin canon and you can pick carrots, onions, cilantro and radishes. This is want my kids to learn how we get food from the farm to our table. And to learn to appreciate our farm workers who do this daily so we have fresh food accessible to us. We did this at the end and it worked out well since I didn’t want to squash our veggies.
  6. Games – Games are available near the benches. There is a variety of games to play for all ages. It is nice to find a bench nearby, leave your stuff and head over to play some games.
  7. Market – I love their general store. It is so perfect and there’s Sanrio merchandize as well as fresh breads and farm products. Take some time to go through it because everything is adorable!

Want to make a Hello Kitty pumpkin? We purchased our white mini pumpkins from Tanaka Farms, three for $9. They were a perfect size and they were stemless which was perfect since we need a witch hat on top. I used the print from Fun Money Mom as a stencil. I pre-cut  self-adhesive foam sheets to make it mess free and it worked out perfectly. We used some benches to spread our craft and make it. This is a perfect place to host a party or play date!

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Plan to visit? Here a quick reference to make it a smooth visit. I’ll be visiting again with my immediate family and I’m excited.

Quick reference:

How much does it cost to enter? Opened from 9am-6pm daily, there are several options to choose from. Admission is $4 per person (access to pumpkin patch, corn maze and photo ops). The Wagon Ride is $6 for unlimited rides (a nice time to relax and take a ride). The Barnyard Educational Exhibit (includes viewing and interacting with animals) is $6. All children 2 years and under are free. If you decide to do it all, I would recommend the Hello Kitty Entry Package is $20 and includes: Admission, Wagon Ride, Barnyard Educational Exhibit, and a limited Edition Sanrio + Tanaka Farms Hello Kitty Gift. Game and Activity Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 (Save $5!)

Do I need to purchase a parking permit? Parking Passes are $10 each. Parking passes are only required on the weekends and you can purchase it online.

Bathroom accessibility? There are porta potties available. Planning on changing a baby? There is a great tent available with changing tables.

Should I bring my stroller? Definitely! This is a great way to hold your pumpkins and all of your goodies. They do have wheelbarrows available if you need an alternative method.

Is there a food stand? They do have a variety of options at the Tanaka Grill during the weekend! During the week theres limited options but still delicious and still enough options to choose from. The food is delicious such as the roasted corn, BBQ pork sandwich and chicken fingers and don’t forget the strawberry lemonade!

I hope you get to experience Tanaka Farms! I listed it as my top 10 October Must-Do Activities! So check them out for a family funday!

 

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