Tips for Taking Your Toddler to the Pumpkin Patch

Happy October everyone! October, November, and December are my favorite months of the year! For one obvious reason and that is there are a lot of great holidays, celebrations, and fun things to do around this time of year! And that’s why today I’m sharing with you ten tips for taking your toddler to the pumpkin patch… one of our favorite family days out in Fall!

10 Tips for Taking Your Toddler to the Pumpkin Patch

While taking your toddlers to the pumpkin patch is so much fun, it can easily become hard on toddlers and parents, both! Pumpkin patching and all the activities involved at the pumpkin farm can take several hours! However, if you plan ahead, you can have a much better experience and can stay much longer at the farm. I am going to share some tips here so hopefully you can be better prepared before taking your little ones to the pumpkin patch!

For the past 5 years, we have been going to the same pumpkin patch farm in north Scottsdale. However, this his year we decided to try a different pumpkin patch farm called Mother Nature’s Farm.

My daughter in a cute Pumpkin dress at the pumpkin patch, holding up a pumpkin

Since it was pretty far from our house, I first checked their website and read several reviews about them.  There were many more positive reviews than negatives, therefore, we decided to make the drive for a different pumpkin patching experience! I am so glad we did! Mother Nature’s Farm is so beautiful and is just a perfect pumpkin farm with a lot of cute farm animals, kids adventure and a lovey farm boutique! One of my favorite parts about this farm are the beautiful tall trees with so many pumpkins on the ground when you first enter the farm! The ocean of pumpkins made our little girls Valentina (5 years old) and Alina (19 months old) so excited!

If you live in Arizona or if you are visiting Phoenix during October, I recommend visiting this cute farm with your family (especially if you have small children). We spent about 3-4 hours in this farm since Valentina and Alina did not want to leave!

Family day out at the Pumpkin patch: visiting the cute animals

If you are planning to take your toddlers or your babies for a fun pumpkin patching experience, these are some tips that I hope will help!

1. Choose a Good Time of Day

If your toddler or baby takes morning or afternoon naps, make sure to plan your trip to the pumpkin patch around their nap times! If you take them after nap, they will have so much energy to run around and truly have fun!  

A second thing to keep in mind is most pumpkin patches are outdoors. Therefore, you will be in the direct sun for a while. That is why it is important to go either first thing in the morning (when they first open), or later in the afternoon so you will avoid the direct sun!  Additionally, it is always a good idea to bring and apply sunscreen for your children especially if you live in Arizona.

2. Take Boots or Right Shoes

Make sure to wear comfortable “closed toe” shoes for yourself and have comfortable closed toe shoes or boots for your little toddler! There will be so much walking around the farm that it is best to wear comfy shoes!

Since Valentina loves to choose her own shoes, we let her wear her favorite white sandals as we were leaving our house, but we knew she needed a comfortable shoes to walk around (especially when pumpkin picking). Therefore, we took her comfortable Nike shoes for her. Sure enough, we had to change her sandals to her Nike shoes 10 minutes after we walked into the farm! Hahaha!

These are some of my favorite shoes for kids when pumpkin patching

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Taking your toddler to the pumpkin patch. Mom and daughter pose by sunflowers

3. Bring A Change of Clothing

Take an extra set of clothing to change! This is something I ALWAYS forget to pack when we go pumpkin patching! Running around the pumpkin farms, playing with the cute farm animals, and picking up pumpkins from the ground can make your toddler’s outfit dirty so quickly! Every time we are done with pumpkin patching, I realize that I wish I had extra set of clothes for my little girls to change before buckling them up in their car seats! I promised to myself that I will not forget this, in our next pumpkin patching trip!

I love these adorable “pumpkin print dresses” that I ordered for Valentina and Alina. I ordered them from a seller on Etsy. Unfortunately, I was not happy with the service that I received from the seller! It took a LONG time for the outfits to arrive and the sizes were not correct. Therefore, I am going to share some other cute outfits that I had in mind before ordering these dresses! I am also going to share some of my favorite looks for pumpkin patching for little girls, boys, toddlers, and babies here!  

Sisters in matching dresses having a great day out at the pumpkin patch

These are some of my favorite kids clothing for pumpkin patching

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4. Take a Lightweight Stroller (Umbrella Stroller)

If you have kids under 5, I recommend taking a lightweight stroller with you! I know…most kids are just too excited when they get to the pumpkin farm and they do not want to sit in the stroller! However, at some point they get so tired of walking! That is when the lightweight canopy strollers are so handy! I recommend you do not take your daily stroller as they can get dusty at the farm!

Here are some of my favorite lightweight strollers to take with you!

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Sisters in matching dresses having a great day out at the pumpkin patch

5. Apply Sunscreens

As mentioned above, do not forget to apply sunscreen! For us living in Arizona, we are so used to covering our bodies with sunscreen from March to the end of October! Hahaha! So, if you live in the area that you will be in direct sun while pumpkin patching, make sure to apply sunscreen on your face and body!

Here are some of my favorite sunscreens for kids!

My eldest in a cute pumpkin dress at the pumpkin patch: top tip, take a change of clothes!

6. Take Snacks and Water Bottles

Some pumpkin patch farms offer a water and snack station, and some do not! Just to be safe, that’s why one of my tips for taking your toddler to the pumpkin patch is to take your toddler’s favorite snacks, juice, and water. I am so glad we thought about taking some snacks to the pumpkin patch this year! Because the line to buy water and snacks was so long! Toddlers usually do not have the patients to stay in long lines!

Kids playing with pumpkins

7. Bring Cash

Most pumpkin patch farms do not accept credit cards when purchasing snacks or water! Make sure to take cash before you go to the pumpkin farm! The farm we went this year for pumpkin patching (Mother Nature’s Farm) had an ATM inside their gift shop, however most farms do not have ATM available! I recommend you taking cash so you can purchase some snacks or water if you need.  

Lady in red jeans and white sweater holding pumpkins at the pumpkin patch

8. Take Your Camera

We all take pictures with our phones these days! But if you own a DSLR camera, make sure to pack it up! You want to capture as many high-quality pictures as you can of your little sweet baby or toddler with the colorful pumpkins. A great DRSL camera can take your picture quality to the next level! If you do not have DSLR camera, just take fun pictures with your iPhone or Android.

Tips for taking your toddler to the pumpkin patch: take a camera so you can capture memories

9. Buy Some Pumpkins from The Patch!

Taking pictures with all of the pumpkins is so much fun, however, I believe that purchasing some pumpkins helps support the locally owned farms. Usually pumpkins at the pumpkin patches are double the price of buying them from the grocery stores, but if each family buys even 2, 3 or 4 pumpkins, can help their local farm so much!

At the entrance to Mother Natures Farm. Top tip: buy your pumpkins from local farms

10. Bath and Clean Up Afterwards

Even if you take an extra set of clothes to the pumpkin patch, giving your little toddler a warm bath is a MUST! Touching and playing with the pumpkins in the patch, playing with the farm animals, horseback riding and just running around the pumpkin patch can you make your little one filthy dirty! Hahaha!

How To Dress Your Toddler To The Pumpkin Patch

Oh my gosh this is so important!! Toddlers and babies need to be comfortable while pumpkin patching! The very first thing to keep in mind is making sure their outfit is comfortable so they can play and run around! Cute little fall dress, leggings, boots (if you live in a cooler area), cute fall/pumpkin hair accessories (for little girls) or fun little fall hat, can make the most adorable outfit for the pumpkin patch. So definitely top tips for taking your toddler to the pumpkin patch is to plan your outfits in advance!

Top tips for taking your toddler to the pumpkin patch: what to wear

What to Wear to the Pumpkin Patch for Women

If you are going to the pumpkin patch on a cooler day, you can wear your favorite skinny jeans, colorful sweater (I recommend yellow, orange, burgundy or copper color),  tall boots, and a fun plaid scarf to complete your “fall look”.

Since we live in Arizona and the temperature is still over 100 Fahrenheit (almost 38 Celsius) in October, we will literally bake if we wear sweaters! Hahaha! Therefore, I add some “fall colors” to mine and my little girls’ outfits. This way we all get into the “Fall Mood” right away! Hahaha! If you live in warmer areas, this is the best way to dress for trips to the pumpkin patch!

These are some fun looks for pumpkin patching!

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Top tips for taking your toddler to the pumpkin patch: wear suitable clothing for running around the farm

When should I go to the pumpkin picking?

The first two weeks in October is the best time for pumpkin picking or visiting a pumpkin patch! Most pumpkin farms open the first week of October and they close they last weekend of October. There are few that may still operate through the first week of November. So another one of my tips for taking your toddler to the pumpkin patch is always to check the farm’s website, or call in advance. It’s a good idea to check their operating days and times on their website before driving all the way to the patch!

Pumpkin patches in Arizona

When I was doing some research on the “best pumpkin patch in Arizona”, I noticed that there are many more pumpkin patches in Phoenix and all over Arizona than I thought! As I mentioned earlier, we used to go to the same pumpkin patch (McDonald’s Ranch) which is closer to our house every year. But now that I know there are so many I would like to try a different pumpkin patch each year! If you live in Arizona or you are planning to visit Arizona in the month of October, these are some great pumpkin patches that you can try with your family!

10 Best Pumpkin Patches in Phoenix and Around Arizona

  1. MacDonald’s Ranch
  2. Pumpkin Nights at The Princess
  3. Mother Nature’s Farm
  4. The Willis Farm
  5. Vertuccio Farm
  6. Tolmachoff Farms Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze
  7. Apple Annie’s Produce & Pumpkins
  8. Schnepf Farms
  9. Arizona Pumpkin Patch
  10. Mortimer Farms

Finally, you should keep that in mind that you do not need to have little kids to go to a pumpkin patch! I used to go pumpkin patching with my sister or my friends when I was single! I always had a blast!

I hope you’ve found these tips for taking your toddler to the pumpkin patch useful! Have fun pumpkin patching with your little ones, friends, family and loved ones, and leave me a comment to tell me where you went!

Love,

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Sherry, xoxo

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