There are a ton of great pumpkin patches in the Boulder area, each has its own charms. Recently, we visited Anderson Farms for the first time. It’s not just a pumpkin patch — it is truly a fall festival happening all season long. This isn’t a sponsored post, just a PSA to parents and grandparents out there who are looking for something different to do with the kids this October!
#1 Giant Jump Pads
How have we never experienced one of these before? With much more space for kids to run around than a traditional bouncy castle, Anderson’s giant jump pads are a great way for kids to get the wiggles out. This activity is included in admission.
#2 Pumpkin Painting
The pumpkin painting station was a favorite stop for my kids who love to create. Kids can pick a pumpkin, put on an extra large t-shirt to cover up those cute pumpkin patch outfits, and have a blast with the colorful variety of paints. There is a drying rack set up for the pumpkins to dry while the kids head off to the next activity. This activity costs extra: $7/pumpkin.
#3 Barrel Train
Kids are invited to step aboard the barrel train for a fun ride around the farm grounds. Rides are unlimited and are included in admission.
#4 Meet a Princess
My daughters were in awe by the surprising presence of Cinderella at Anderson Farms. Cinderella turned out to be very friendly and offered to take a picture with the starstruck kiddos! Kids also have the opportunity to climb in and out of Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage. Visits with Cinderella are included in admission.
#5 Mine Cars
The mine cars were a perfect way for the whole family: grandparents, parents, and kids, to participate in an activity together. We all piled on to the mine car and were led out past the vast corn mazes and pumpkin patches by the tractor. It was a fun, bumpy ride with gorgeous views of the farm and the front range. This activity is included in admission.
#6 Photo Opportunities
All around the farm are nice spots for a photo with the family! The perfect way to capture a day of memory making.
#7 Feeding the Farm Animals
Be sure to bring some quarters! Kids have the opportunity to feed goats, alpacas, and sheep with pellets that can be purchased for 25 cents. The animals were very excited to be fed by the children.
#8 Face Painting
Round out your festival experience with face painting!
#9 Barnyard 500 Pedal Karts
Pedal and race your way on one of two tracks (one for little kids and one for big kids and adults) at the Barnyard 500 pedal karts! Unlimited rides, included in admission.
#10 EVERYTHING ELSE
The list of things to do at Anderson Farms continues. Anderson has a 30-acre corn maze, hayride to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin launching, combine slides, huge playground and MORE. For adults and big kids who enjoy a fright, after dark Anderson Farms hosts Zombie Paintball Hunt, a unique paintball experience where you shoot zombies throughout the cornfield (but don’t worry, you won’t get shot!) while riding on a zombie wagon. Or check out Terror in the Corn, Anderson Farms’ haunted hayride, cornfield & ghost town experience.
Anderson Farms is located at 6728 County Rd 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516.
The Fall Festival runs from September 19 – October 31, 2018.
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10AM – 6PM, Friday 10AM – 11PM, Saturday 9AM – 11PM, Sunday 9AM – 10PM
Pricing: Admission to Fall Festival – Monday – Thursday, $12, Friday, Saturday & Sunday $18. Kids 3 & Under are FREE. Tickets available here. Zombie Paintball Hunt or Terror in the Corn Haunted Hayride and Maze (Includes Fall Festival admission) $27 ($49 for both events). Tickets available here. Group discounts available.