Family Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival at SDCDM!

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM), formerly the Escondido Children’s Museum, is currently hosting a Family Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival at their new location on North Broadway, in Escondido. Both the Family Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival sound like they’ll be a lot of fun!

The Family Pumpkin Patch is open from 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Sunday, through November 4th, and is FREE for Members or with General Admission. Kids age 0-12 are FREE in October! The Family Pumpkin Patch is a great area to snap some family pumpkin patch photos.

Each Saturday this Fall the Family Pumpkin Patch features family garden programs (10am-Noon), seasonal pumpkins available for purchase and carving, and a live music series including Bluegrass, folk, country, and other local acoustic groups from 1pm-3pm. More info about the Saturday events in the Family Pumpkin Patch as follows:

October 6th
Family Fall Festival ~ See below for details!
Gardening Program: All day creative pumpkin decorating and other fun fall activities!
Live Music: Hullabaloo & Zzymzzy Quartet

SDCDM_PPOctober 13th
Gardening Program: Composting and Earth Worm Farm
Live Music: Cowboy Jack

October 20th
Gardening Program: Raising Chickens at Home
Live Music: Next Generation & Virtual Strangers

October 27th
Gardening Program: Beneficial Insects in Your Garden
Live Music: Emma’s Gut Bucket Band

November 3rd
Gardening Program: Urban Farming
Live Music: Old Town Rd

The museum is also hosting their third annual Fall Festival from 10am-6pm on Saturday, October 6th. The event will be held in the new museum and Children’s Discovery Garden and will feature live music performances (including Hullabaloo!), food vendors, hands-on activities, a pumpkin patch, and much more! FREE for Children ages 0-12, Members $5, Non-Members $10.

Click HERE for more about the Family Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival at SDCDM, including links to some of the artists playing on Saturdays. We look forward to checking out the Fall Festival and taking fun family pics in the pumpkin patch. Perhaps we’ll see you there!


Disclosure: We were invited to the Fall Festival and will receive entry for our support. We are members of SDCDM, and our opinions are our own.

Oma’s Pumpkin Patch at the Van Ommering Dairy ~ Fall Fun For All!

::Updated for 2014::

Oma’s Pumpkin Patch Rocks!

falldecor_omasOma’s Pumpkin Patch, located at the Van Ommering Dairy, in the Lakeside area of San Diego, is lots of fun for the entire family! They have tons of fun Fall activities, all of which are included in the cost of admission. You can’t beat that!

All Activities Are Included With Admission!

sledding-omasSome of the activities at the pumpkin patch are a straw bale maze, sledding on Cottonseed Mountain, petting corral, several playground structures, hay ride, sand pile with tractors and trucks, hands-on games such as a bean bag toss, basketball toss, and so much more! They even have a special play area for kids under 5. Plenty to do for toddlers thru teenage years.

Fun Photo Opps Galore!

bigtractor_omasThe pumpkin patch is decorated with fun Fall decor throughout. There are lots of large tractors and other farm related pieces throughout that are fun for picture taking. It’s fun to have the kids take a yearly picture next to the large measuring guide, to see how much they’ve grown from year to year. They also have a lot of the large painted board with cut-out faces which are great fun for pictures as well.

Groups Get A Special Presentation

howpumpkinsgrowIf you come with a group (such as a class, play group, or scouting troop) on a weekday morning, you can see the presentation “How Pumpkins Grow”. They have a special area for the educational presentation. If you’re planning to come with a group, please be sure to call in advance and make sure they have a time slot available.

Bring Snacks Or Buy Them There

You can bring snacks or lunch, and enjoy them under covered picnic tables. They also have food and cold drinks for sale at very reasonable prices. Our kids enjoyed some ice cream cups after jumping and playing. I thoroughly enjoyed some biscotti!

The Farm Is A REAL Working Dairy Farm!

cow_omasThe Van Ommering Dairy is a working dairy farm. Be sure to take the hay ride around the property, and see the dairy cows. On the way to their barn, you’ll pass a field, where they grow grass using recycled water to feed the cows. We learned so much about the dairy cows and about life on the farm on the hay ride!

Oma’s Pumpkin Patch is open from 10am-7pm Tuesday thru Saturday. We highly suggest you visit on an afternoon and stay through the evening. It’s far less crowded, and very comfortable with the cooler afternoon temperatures, not to mention a gorgeous place to catch the sunset!

Reasonably Priced

The cost for visiting the pumpkin patch is $8 per child age 1 & up (pricing current as of 2013), which includes a Jack Patch Pumpkin, a bottle of water, and all of the activities. One adult, age 16 & up is FREE with paying child; additional adults are $4 each. Water and pumpkins are not included for the adults, but are available for purchase.

Check out their website for more info. Also, be sure to take a look at all the pics below to see just how fun it is at Oma’s. The SoCal Kids are begging to go back, so perhaps we’ll see you there!

Website: Oma’s Pumpkin Patch
Facebook: Oma’s on Facebook