10 Reasons to Take the Kids to Anderson Farms

by Rachel Daly
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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.

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Giant Jump Pads

#2 Pumpkin Painting

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Pumpkin Painting Station

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Ammy’s Pumpkin

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.

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Barrel Train

#4 Meet a Princess

My daughters were so excited and surprised to meet Cinderella at Anderson Farms. Cinderella turned out to be very friendly and offered to take a picture with my starstruck kiddos. Kids also have the opportunity to climb in and out of Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage. Visits with Cinderella are included in admission.

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Meeting Cinderella

#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 into 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.

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Mine Cars

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#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.

Ammy and Kate with their Grandparents

#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.

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Feeding the farm animals

A curious alpaca

#8 Face Painting

Round out your festival experience with face painting!

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All Things Boulder Anderson Farms

#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 are included in admission.

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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.

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Anderson Farms is located at 6728 County Rd 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516.

For festival hours, as well as admission fees, and tickets, click here.

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