8 Fun and Free Pumpkin Patch Activities for Kids

Celebrate fall harvest with these fun activities that you can do before, during, and after your visit to the pumpkin patch this year!

This post contains affiliate links. See my Disclosure Policy for details.

Is there anything better than a fall family trip to the pumpkin patch? It's one of the highlights for the season for us, and a tradition my kids look forward to as soon as the first leaves start to fall.

Of course most places are not just pumpkin patches anymore - you can usually find a fall harvest festival pretty much every day during the month of October! While the official "fall harvest" celebration is October 3, you can celebrate all season long by heading to the local pumpkin patch.

Need inspiration for your fall family to-do list? Click here for a free printable!

The pumpkin patch usually has plenty of fun for the whole family: hayrides, corn mazes, petting zoos, and more. But you can make it even more fun (and make the fun last all month long) with these fun activities to do before, during, and after your visit to the pumpkin patch! 

Fun Pumpkin Patch Activities for Families

If your kids are anything like mine, they start asking about visiting the pumpkin patch well before it's open. Help keep that excitement at bay with these fun activities you can do before your visit!

Before the Pumpkin Patch Activities

The best way to get excited about your trip to the pumpkin patch is to read about pumpkins and fall harvest! You can find a great list of kids books about fall harvest here.

Be sure to grab our free printable fall book bingo here and get inspired to read a variety of fall themed books.

You can also download our Race to the Pumpkin Patch board game for a pumpkin patch themed family game night.

If you're feeling crafty you can make a super cute no sew fabric pumpkin to take with you on your trip to the pumpkin patch! Get the directions here.

Activities at the Pumpkin Patch

Depending on where and when you visit the pumpkin patch, you're sure to find ready made activities like games, rides, and maybe even a corn maze. If you'd like a little extra challenge you can bring along our free printable pumpkin patch scavenger hunt.

Don't forget to pick out some pumpkins to take home so that you can try out a few of our favorite after the pumpkin patch activities too.

Fun Activities for After the Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin patch fun doesn't need to end when you get home! Try one of these fun activities after you bring your pumpkins home.

If you bought any small pumpkins you can try our favorite no mess painting technique and shake it up! See how here.

Make sure to carve a pumpkin (or two) and allow your kids to explore the insides with this sensory play activity, You can also explore physics and gravity with this fun rolling pumpkins activity!

Finally, if you just can't get enough of the pumpkin patch, why not create your own backyard pumpkin patch? This is a super fun activity that kids of all ages love. See how we did it here!

Celebrate Fall Harvest with Family Dinner Book Club

Visiting the pumpkin patch is just one of the fun things you can do as part of this month's Family Dinner Book Club celebrating Fall Harvest. Be sure to get all the details when you visit Growing Book by Book for the themed book list and Chef Sarah Elizabeth for a harvest menu.

And you can keep it all together when you download our free printable planning guide! Simply enter your information below to have the guide emailed directly to you, along with all the tips and freebies that come with our newsletter subscription.

Love this? Pin it here!

I'd love to hear from you! To get in touch, message me on Facebook or Instagram, or send me an email.