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A Day at the Pumpkin Farm

10/9/2019 - Brandi Baker

Family-Friendly, Itineraries
Fall Season at Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm in Kenosha WI

Happy Fall y’all!! Blake here, back to share my favorite autumn activity… checkin’ out the Pumpkin Farm! 

Kenosha has so many great places to visit and spend a beautiful fall day. One place in particular that has been a family favorite f-o-r-e-v-e-r is Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm. I was lucky enough to spend the day there on the second weekend of their fall season! My mom knew to get here right at 10 a.m. when they opened, as they can get pretty busy. We walked through the Country Store where I scoped out all the things I’d definitely be asking my mom for on the way out. Then it was time to look at all the hand painted displays that are completely free to enjoy! 

The painted pumpkin displays are a winding maze of show areas. You’ll see all your favorite characters from movies and popular shows created with amazing costumes and their faces painted onto different sized pumpkins. My favorite this year was the Nightmare Before Christmas display- it is one of my favorite movies. My mom’s favorite is still the Wizard of Oz – that display has apparently been around since she was a kid (that’s like forever!). 

For just $10 a person we got a wristband that gives you many UNLIMITED activities in the activities area. That includes the jumping pillow, the petting zoo, hayrides, corn maze, kids straw maze, and multiple play areas. Of course we had to start with the animals, near the entrance are the goats and ducks and a big chicken coop. As you continue further into the heart of the farm yard, you’ll find the big tent with lots of really fun animals! We bought a cup of food so we could feed the goats, camels, porcupine, and even a wallaby! The best part of it all was the animal encounters that were offered. This year they have a sloth, my absolute favorite animal. We paid an additional fee to do a one-on-one encounter, my mom held the sloth since the long sharp claws can seem a little intimidating to kids like me. I got to pet the sloth and ask lots of questions to the handler - they were super friendly and knew a lot about all the animals. Animal encounters will be at the farm all season but make sure to call to find out about availability and appointments. 

 

After washing up, we decided to try our luck at the 6-acre corn maze! I was a little nervous as I led the way that maybe I wouldn’t be able to find my way out, but after about 20 mins we made it! All our hard work sure worked up an appetite, so we headed straight to the food court for lunch. They have all sorts of goodies to choose from. Hot dogs, brats, pulled pork, chips, soft pretzels, popcorn, and some tasty looking treats. We quickly found a picnic table with a great view of the giant jumping pillow so I knew that had to be our next stop! It was so much fun! If you haven’t been to the Pumpkin Pillow, it is like a bounce house, but without walls – it’s built into the ground! Now, let me tell you now about all the options they have for play areas. I spent some time working on my climbing skills on the tire mountain and the wall of tires. Then, I crawled through the giant tube play area and took a ride on the huge tube swing. They have a wooden tractor structure with a slide, two different play sets, and a giant sandy toy play hill! I saw some big kids playing a game of basketball on the small court they have, too. There is just so much to do – I could spend the whole day playing here.

We heard some music coming from a big white tent and decided to check it out so I could take a little break – playing is hard work. I was just in time to catch Nick’s Kids’ Show! We listened to some songs and even got to play some instruments on stage. Right outside of the tent I was luckily enough to bump into Wonder Woman and Belle – which was so cool! Every weekend from 12 – 4 p.m., you’ll get the chance to meet different Princesses and characters on the farm. Some other things I got to enjoy while at the farm were a pony ride, a camel ride, and really awesome face painting (all at a small fee). 

On our way out we took one more tour through the hand painted pumpkin displays and I noticed something for only the bravest kids… Dr. Destructions Haunted Manor. This haunted house-style attraction is definitely for those seeking a thrill and is open every day and has a $7 admission fee. 

As we gathered some pumpkins, the last treat of the day was the most important! You simply cannot leave Jerry Smith’s without this…. one of their famous frosted Pumpkin Farm Cookies! I like the sugar cookies. They also come in a chocolate chip version, too. I couldn’t have asked for a better fall day. The fall season runs through October 31 so don’t miss out on all the fun!

Brandi Baker Community Blogger

Brandi Baker

Community Blogger

Downtown Kenosha Resident. Wife to Byron, mom to Blake. We love exploring restaurants, theater and music venues, museums, and special events in our hometown.

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