Location: 4 W 135th Street, Kansas City, MO 64145
For our latest CCVI Alumni meet-up, a friend suggested the pumpkin patch at Suburban Lawn & Garden. I had no idea that Suburban had a pumpkin patch, and I was absolutely blown away. We had a fair-sized group of kids with us that were all along the vision spectrum, and every single one of them had a GREAT time.
To get to the pumpkin patch, you can:
- Check out a golf cart. Several of the kids were in awe of these and loved riding around on them. This might be the most wheelchair-friendly route to the patch.
Ride on a hay wagon.
4. Ride on an awesome vintage military transport. This has seats on the side and is probably the second-easiest to move on. (Hay is an uneven, bouncy surface.)
Even though it had rained seemingly constantly the week before our visit, the pumpkin patch was not muddy. It was very easy to navigate, and it seemed pretty much perfectly dry: we were amazed. The pumpkin patch is also not a “traditional” pumpkin patch: you’re not wading out into the middle of a pumpkin growing operation, stumbling over vines and cutting free your own squash. Here, the pumpkins have been brought from their growing location and have been scattered across a field. You have all the joy of running and finding your favorite orange friend with none of the muddy mess or the tricky footing of a field of pumpkin vines.
When you arrive at the patch, you arrive at a central mulched area that is surrounded by small play-houses. Kids can pretend they’re running their own pumpkin patch–and our group of kids played in the little buildings for hours while our group of parents chatted outside.
This area also has a large two-sided chalkboard with sidewalk chalk for children to draw on. The chalk was in a box on the hay bales in front of the chalk board, in case you have a hard time finding it on your visit. Sprout was a fan of this part of the patch; our older kids were much more interested in chatting and running around the buildings.
At the back of the patch, behind the buildings, are two small hills. Hills are evidently magnetic to children: the kids were on these little hills for ages. They rolled down the sides, played king of the hill and other made-up games, and generally had a great time.
They were less interested in the giant painted hay bales—a pumpkin, Frankenstein, a pig, and an Angry Bird. These do make for a great photo opportunity, though, if you can convince the kids to head over!
I definitely recommend the Suburban Lawn & Garden Pumpkin Patch. It was dry, it was easy to navigate, and it was free: it just doesn’t get better than that. We spent about $4.50 for the two small pumpkins the kids picked out at the patch; for that low cost, we spent about 2 hours having fun with friends, had a small bag of popcorn each for a snack, wore out the kids a bit with the running around (!), and went home with our two small pumpkins and two mini pumpkins that the center gave the kids for free. It was a great day.