A dollar. A dollar? Yes, that’s all it costs to get into Pumpkintown USA during the week. (Weekends is $4, and includes a bounce house and other activities). I gladly paid up my dollars (baby was free) and in we went to enjoy some fall activities at Pumpkintown USA.
Fall Activities at Pumpkintown USA
Pumpkintown USA is a small-ish fall-ish attraction in East Hampton, Connecticut.
Basically, it’s a mini “town” scene complete with buildings and hand-painted pumpkinhead people. With calliope music playing the entire time – which was fun at the beginning but when you’ve been there an hour… LOL. Still fun.
The whole town is fenced in so kids can run around and check out all the buildings (Post Office, Barbar Shop, McGourd’s Farm, McPumpkin’s, the Jail, and more!). There’s a “smoke” filled Fire Station (why is the Fire Station on fire, I want to know!), and slide down the fire pole on the other side – a very fun activity!
Sitting on the big Farmall tractor makes for a fun time and great photo opp. Too bad the kids just weren’t into mom’s photo spree! I had hoped to get something for the Christmas cards but, no. On the upside, I was happy to see a real Farmall tractor! I’d scored heaps of tractor fabric via Freecycle earlier this year and the prints were all Farmall, which I had never heard of before. I felt so “in the know!”
A hay bale maze was the huge attraction for our older son – he went through it again and again. Might I add, that he is extremely good at figuring out mazes whether on paper or in 3-D. It’s pretty neat to watch him figure out how to get to the other end!
The boys loved bouncing around on the inner tubes stacked up on one end of Pumpkintown. The baby couldn’t get out of his – it was so funny! Why do I have a playard again? Just kidding!
Other things to do at Pumpkintown?
Well, on this particular day, I had gone with my MOPS group, and we paid a little extra for a snack/goody bag which included cider, popcorn, stickers, and a mini pumpkin among other treats. So a group trip is always a great idea!
Also, a hay ride through the Pumpkinhead forest runs every half hour for an additional $6 per person. I was tempted to take the boys but… it was lunchtime by then and this mama was tired out! UPDATED: We did go on the hayride the following two years and the pumpkin head people on the trail are just adorable!
There’s a little store in the entrance to Pumpkintown that sells fall trinkets, veggies, and a few snacks and candies. Next door is the larger farm store, but we didn’t have time to go in.
We hope to visit the fall activities at Pumpkintown USA again soon! For $1 a head (regular heads, not pumpkin ones), it’s an inexpensive good time!
What fall activities for kids do you enjoy?