This past Sunday we visited Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch with our 18-month-old daughter and family friends. The weather was perfect and it was a great way to kick off the Fall. Some of you, like me, may have seen tons of families pick strawberries on this farm back in the spring and have been wanting to check it out! We put on some festive outfits and made the quick 50-minute drive to Hammond.
I do want to preface this by saying during these COVID times, the crowds were much heavier than we expected (but then again, it was 60 degrees and not a cloud in the sky on a Louisiana Saturday). There wasn’t a mask mandate since the farm is acres upon acres but nonetheless, we tried to keep our distance as best as possible.
Entrance is free for adults and children are $8 which includes a pumpkin for each child to bring home. (TIP: Bring cash, $3 fee for using a credit card)
The farm has almost every activity you can think of, and for an older child, I imagine you could spend hours there. There was a giant jumping pillow, many varieties of swings, hopscotch, a corn maze, tunnel slides, zip-lining, seesaws, face painting, and pumpkin painting. There were also TONS of picture opportunities like sitting on haystacks decorated for fall, cutouts throughout the property.
Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch Activities:
Pick a Pumpkin from the field
Milk a Cow
Roll Down the Hill
Catch Mrs. Heather telling how pumpkins grow
Merry go round
Play Horse Shoes
Weigh & Measure your pumpkin
Paint a pumpkin (weekend only)
I have seen pictures and talked to some friends who visited Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch on a weekday and it was incomparable in crowd size. It looked like they had the farm to themselves! I think if we went back, I would plan for a weekday.
In any pre-COVID times, we would have taken our daughter to do a lot of the age-appropriate activities, but we distanced ourselves from many of the crowded activities and did things like the corn maze, walking around the property, and, of course, playing with the pumpkins.
Since our daughter is on the younger side and couldn’t do all of the activities, we stayed for about two hours which was plenty for her. If I had older children, I would suggest packing drinks, snacks, and even lunch. We saw some families having picnics on the property and it seems as though you are allowed to bring in ice chests, wagons, chairs, etc for a long afternoon of fun.
Christy was born and raised in Mandeville, came to LSU to study PR, and after meeting her husband and finding a job she has stayed in Baton Rouge ever since! She’s a stay-at-home-working-mom to Lucy (1) who she loves watching grow and learn each day. In her free time, Christy, her husband Harold, and Lucy enjoy being outside, trying new restaurants, traveling, and finding any excuse to decorate the house, cook, and have friends over.
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