I remember the traditions my family used to have while growing up with great fondness, so with my own little family, it’s important to keep our own traditions every year. One of those is going on a pumpkin patch day where we pay visits to our two favorite patches in Orange County, back to back.
First up is always Tanaka Farms in Irvine, California, since they close earlier. It’s a real farm with seasonal attractions throughout the year, including strawberries, Christmas trees, and of course, pumpkins! We like to come close to sunset for that dreamy photo light. There’s a small admission fee per person (under 2 free), which is totally worth it. Weekends require parking passes purchased online in advance; we like to come during the week to avoid the big crowds. The tractor ride gives a nice view of the majority of the property. Our children absolutely love everything to do with farming and tractors are just so fascinating to them so they had so much fun! In fact, the other day, I even found Mr. Bond looking at tractors on fastline.com. Do you think he is planning on moving us to a farm and setting up a new rural life? Watch this space! The petting zoo is great fun, but don’t be surprised by the stink, haha. Overall, Tanaka Farms is the best place in town for fall family photos surrounded by a magical sea of orange gourds!
Once Tanaka closes at 6pm (last entrance at 5:30pm), we head over to Pumpkin City in Laguna Hills, California. Pumpkin City is a parking lot patch with lots of rides and activities for the kids. I used to go to this same one as a little girl, and I feel like it’s only gotten better over the years! There’s no admission fee, but the rides require tickets. There’s also a real pony ride. Have a walk around and decide which tickets to buy for the kids. Bring quarters for the coin-operated rides. I plan to pop in again sometime with just the kids and let them go on a few more rides before they close at the end of the month.
Our new travel stroller shown here is the special edition Silver Cross Jet. It’s very lightweight and folds small enough to fit in the overhead compartment of an airplane. For a compact travel stroller, it’s surprisingly sturdy and has the essential features you need with a luxury touch. So far Mr. Bond and I love it!
What’re your favorite pumpkin patch activities with the family?