Pumpkin patches are more than just a field of oversized squashes. These days, pumpkin patches host a variety of kid-friendly activities that can fill an entire afternoon. From hay mazes and haunted houses to carnival rides and petting zoos, there is something for everyone at these fall favorite events. We’ve rounded up the best pumpkin patches throughout L.A., Ventura County and the O.C.
For some all-around fall fun, make the drive to Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark for their 25th annual Fall Harvest Festival. Through the month of October, the 50-acre farm will feature a giant pumpkin patch, games, rides, photo ops, live entertainment, themed weekends and more. $14 – $28. underwoodfamilyfarms.com
The Seasonal Adventures Pumpkin Patch in Thousand Oaks is open Oct. 1 – 31. Sort through locally grown pumpkins, ride the train, play carnival games and say hello to adorable farm animals at the petting zoo. Ages 3-15 can run obstacle courses and mazes, race down large slides and bounce high in the various inflatables. Admission is FREE. Attractions are $1.35 and up. seasonaladventures.com
With locations in Torrance, West LA, Hollywood and The Original Farmers Market, Mr. Jack O’Lantern’s Pumpkin Patch is your one-stop-shop for all your fall family fun. Each location has games and activities like themed bouncy houses, pumpkin decorating, corn mazes, animal feeding, photo stations and more. Open Sept. 29 through Oct. 31. Tickets, sold by the bundle, are required for the games. Admission to the pumpkin patch is FREE. mrjackolanternspumpkins.com
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch returns to Culver City Oct. 7-30 with a special Trick or Treat Spooktacular on Oct. 29 from 5 – 7 p.m. The family-friendly event will have a bounce house, straw maze, petting zoo, pumpkin decorating and plenty of pumpkins to choose from to bring the Halloween spirit home. $1 and up. mrbonespumpkinpatch.com
Search for your perfect pumpkin at Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch in West LA and then spend the rest of your day exploring the petting zoo, bounce house, pony rides, train rides, straw maze, giant slides, face painting and carnival games. Oct. 1 – 31. Closed Oct. 3-6, 10, 17 and 24. Admission to the pumpkin patch is FREE. Attractions are $4 and up. shawnspumpkinpatch.com
San Fernando Valley
Tina’s Pumpkin Patch in Sherman Oaks features a daily petting zoo and pony rides. The pumpkin patch asl has an obstacle course, bouncer, train ride and free straw maze. Oct. 1 – 31. Admission is FREE. Attractions are $4 and up. tinaspumpkinpatch.com
The 32nd annual Toluca Lake Pumpkin Festival features a haunted maze through Oct. 31, along with coin-op rides and a petting zoo that will remain open through the winter holidays. Attractions are $7 – $10. tolucalake-pumpkins-christmastrees.com
The corn maze, train ride and pumpkin patch at Forneris Farms in Mission Hills run Oct. 8 – 31. While you’re there, pick up some in-season produce to take home. $5. fornerisfarms.com
From Sept. 17 through Oct. 31 select your pumpkin from Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch, a real pumpkin patch, featuring wagon rides, straw-bale maze, photo ops, arts and crafts and barnyard animals. For a more mellow experience, Hana Field Pumpkin Patch will offer pick-your-own pumpkins and flowers, in addition to the cow train, arts and crafts, root shoot and a pumpkin cannon. $10; free for ages 2 and under. Additional tickets required for certain activities. tanakafarms.com
Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch features plenty of family-fun, including hay rides, train rides, moon bounce, face painting, panning for gold, John Deere race cars, cookie decorating, carnival games, pumpkin toss ring, pumpkin decorating, hay maze, haunted house and festival fall photo ops. $3 – $7 entry fee, $7 activity tickets. irvineparkrailroad.com
For more seasonal fun, check out our fall festivals roundup and Halloween guide.