Favorite Fall Traditions: Papa’s Pumpkin Patch
What happens when a family opens up their 65 acre backyard to the Bismarck Mandan community?
- Thousands of photos are taken
- Thousands of homes get decorated for fall.
- Thousands of children get away from television and video games and live out their own active adventure.
- Thousands of dollars serve local charities.
- Thousands of memories are made.
You have one more week to enjoy the fun at Papa’s Pumpkin patch! Thousands of locals (and not so locals) drive down River Road in Bismarck to visit Papa’s Pumpkin patch.
Make sure you plan plenty of time to take everything in! There is Papa’sVille. . . a wooden structure wonderland for the younger set! Lizzie and Emily love the wooden train, the combine, the Pumpkin house and the mini zip lines. They could spend an afternoon there alone. Make sure your camera has plenty of batteries, because you don’t want to miss a moment like this:
But hey, don’t leave the big kids home! They are going to watch the pumpkin Cannon (Saturday 12-5), bale mazes, bale slides bale castles and obstacle courses. Zip lines are open on the weekend!
Even the little ones enjoy climbing the hay bales! (Note: there will be hay in your hair, down your pants and in your shoes! But you won’t care because you had so much fun!)
While the kids run and play, go ahead and pick up some fall decor! Papa’s Pumpkin patch stocks everything from Indian Corn to Hubbard Squash! They even have the new “pink” breast cancer awareness pumpkins and super ugly but cool “Lunch Lady” squash!
You might find your perfect pumpkin!
Or, you might just want to drag your twin sister around!
But, with a backdrop like this and little photo op treasures around every turn, you are sure to have a magical time!
And, once you leave “the Patch”, the fun is not over! The drive on River Road is beautiful this time of year, and you may even get a sneak peek at a pioneer Thanksgiving dinner!
And once you get home, your pumpkin (and Hubbard Squash) display will remind you of the fun you had at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch!
Open Through October 20.
Admission: $3/person, 2 years and under are free. Most activities are free. These include: bale mazes, bale castles, obstacle courses, Papasville, photo ops, trebuchet, pumpkin cannon. Those with fees include: train rides – $1/person; zip lines – $1/person; Papa’s Barnyard – $1/person; hayrides – $2/person; pony rides – $4/person. Special Note: The trebuchet, pumpkin cannon and all activities with an extra charge are available weekends only from 12-5 pm.
Disclosure: I was the guest of Papa’s Pumpkin patch in order to facilitate this post. However, as usual, all opinions are 100% my own!