I love going to the pumpkin patch! It’s such a fun memory to make with the kids, great photo ops, and most of them usually have fun family activities like face painting, petting zoos, and pumpkin decorating! This year we went to the best one yet at Zoomars in San Juan Capistrano and I’ll tell you all about it! Plus I’ll tell you where all the other good ones are too!
I actually bought our tickets on livingsocial and got a great deal so make sure you check there first and see if they still have them for sale! 4 tickets came with admission, two feeding baskets, and two pumpkins! There is a cute downtown area with restaurants and shopping near the entrance and the main parking lot is actually behind zoomars so you’ll have to circle around the back. We arrived around 11am and they opened at 9am. There was a line to get in but it wasn’t too long probably about 10 minutes. I didn’t seem to mind because there was nowhere the toddler could run off too and they also came out to give the kids toys out of a treasure chest to keep them happy! (so very thoughtful) Anyway, once we got in the kids wanted to feed all of the animals!
Carter tried to eat the broccoli for the animals! HAHA
The Guinea pig area has tons of them just running wild! You can see one by her foot. One ran past the baby and my daughter is holding one!
Most of the animals seemed a little overfed and were not that hungry so I really wish we would have arrived right at 9am! But they were all adorable and clean too! There was sanitizer outside of each feeding/petting area and nothing smelled of urine which I have seen at a lot of other ones. There are several good areas for photo ops too! See below:
Lastly we let the kids pick out some pumpkins and did a little decorating and they just loved it! I will note that there are no bathrooms other than out houses (which is my worst nightmare) and I had to take my daughter and almost threw up and she refused to go lol. So make sure you go ahead of time and don’t stay too long unless you’re ok with using them!
MORE PUMPKIN PATCHES IN OC
1. Tanaka Farms – New this year they are starting to charge for weekend parking and you must purchase tickets online in advance! Monday – Friday is still FREE parking. So make sure you do this in advance if you plan to come here otherwise they won’t even let you in the parking lot. There isn’t any street parking either. However once you get in they have wagon rides, a petting zoo, games, food and lots of other really fun activities for the kids!2. Irvine Park Railroad – The pumpkin patch entry is free but you do have to pay $5.00 for parking.The train ride here is probably the best around! They also have face painting, bounce houses, games, food and hay rides! It gets pretty crazy around here so make sure you come early!3. Johnson Brothers Pumpkin Patch– They have Free admission and Free parking but you will make up for when you buy the pumpkins here! I do love coming though because it’s small, family owned and has lots of cute photo ops as well! They are off Jeffery road, in Irvine. 4. Pumpkin City – They offer tons of pumpkins to choose from and also have amusement rides, game booths, and activities. Located in Laguna Hills and admission is FREE. There are a few others out there in Long Beach, Brea and surrounding areas but I am mentioning the ones that I love and that are close to home! Hope you guys have fun with the kids this year and get some amazing memories and photos!