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There’s a chill in the air, the calendar is about to lose another page, and the leaves are starting to turn vibrant shades of red, gold, and brown. Some autumn leaves are even falling down! It’s the perfect time for a fun Sandwich Generation trip or two to a pumpkin patch and definitely makes for fun activities for grandparents and their grandchildren – even the great-grands!
HUGE FUN For Senior Parents & Grandkids
In past years we’ve enjoyed trips to a delightful humongous one in Wheatland, CA, complete with a petting zoo, hayride, train ride, playground, picnic area, and of course, a wonderful patch of adorable pumpkins from very small to absolutely huge! Perfect for decorating with pumpkins for fall!
tiny FUN for the Sandwich Generation
We’ve also had fun on a smaller scale at various and sundry other patches including a teensy tiny one just starting up, and much delayed due to poor weather throughout the month of September. There we found a real live farm, with two cute goats for the grandkids to pet, a blow-up jumping house, a half-finished maze, and plenty of pumpkins in all sizes.
Pumpkin Patch Fun
To an adult’s eyes, there was a huge difference between the two patches. To my grandkids' eyes, they were just as delighted with both, though one did provide longer lasting fun. Then again, for the younger crew, the smaller patch was actually better. For aging parents though, the larger patch was nicer since it also had restrooms, plenty of seating, and delicious pumpkin and apple pie along with cider and hot cocoa! I would definitely recommend taking a walking cane if they have one, since the walking area could be a bit uneven.
Where Oh Where Is That Pumpkin Patch
To find a pumpkin patch, check your local newspaper, ask friends and neighbors, and check with your grandkids’ teachers or the field trip coordinators for their homeschooling programs. I would suggest calling the pumpkin patches and asking if they have restrooms and benches that are easily accessible by senior parents and grandkids in strollers. I would also ask if they serve refreshments and if you need to bring your own water, etc. Be sure to check on charges and if there are any coupons available anywhere. Some of the patches we’ve gone to were free (one of my favorite ways to save money), some charged admittance, and some offered a mixture of free and paid options. Don't forget to ask the directions. On our last trip, we used Google, which was great til the last direction when it told us to go right and we should have gone left. Since it didn't show up in our map book we'd have never found it except the owners put up once tiny sign that only ONE of us spotted. Since many pumpkin patches can be in the country, I would imagine that might not be uncommon
Fall Foliage Fun for Senior Parents and Plenty of Pumpkins for the Grandkids
Whether you take one trip with the whole crew or split it into a couple of excursions – beautiful and colorful fall foliage drives for the senior parents and plenty of pumpkin fun for the young’ins – you’re sure to enjoy the time, build fun new memories in the hearts and heads of young grandkids and aging parents, and get some cute pumpkins for your front porch. Happy Autumn!