It's Fall and that means it's time for pumpkins, s'mores, cider, and cooler temperatures. Here in Houston, we're short on cooler temperatures (and, therefore, s'mores and cider - for now), but we do have an abundance of pumpkin patches to choose from. I love a good pumpkin patch. Especially one that also has hayrides, giant sandboxes, mini-golf, and a petting zoo. Enter 7 Acre Wood, just north of Houston in Conroe, TX. 7 Acre Wood has all that plus pony rides, a zip line, ping pong, horseshoes, and more! Naturally we had to take Jack.
When we first arrived at 7 Acre Wood, a small pumpkin patch with a wagon was arranged in front of the ticket office. There was a nice shady tree with a porch swing and there were plenty of places to take pictures. It was very inviting. Jack climbed right into the wagon and we finally had to coax him out so we could go play inside.
hmmmm, should I go inside or stay in the wagon?
As soon as we convinced Jack to go inside the entrance building, we were greeted with another small pumpkin display. I was in pumpkin heaven! I tried my best to get Jack to sit still long enough to get some pictures, but he had other ideas. Pfft, toddlers and their ideas and opinions. #whatever I did manage to get one good picture of him sitting with pumpkins, but he mostly wanted to dig through the giant tub of miniature pumpkins. Again, toddlers with their independent ideas.
Now that I finally had some decent pictures of Jack and pumpkins, we were free to enjoy the rest of our afternoon. First up was feeding the goats. It was suggested that we feed the goats through the fence and then go inside the petting zoo area. What a brilliant idea! Those goats get so aggressive - that's one thing I've always disliked about petting zoos. Side note: the Houston Zoo has an area where you can brush the goats and they are the most mellow animals I've ever seen. Anyway, we fed the crazy animals, then decided to give mini-golf a try. Jack used the club and hand method and made it all the way through 4 holes before losing interest.
After the goats and mini-golf, we headed straight for the GIANT sandbox. We pretty much spent the rest of our time playing in the sand - it's Jack's favorite thing, plus it was nice and shady, and there were seats for the adults. I call that winning. Dennis went and got Pigger, Butt-Naked, and Zedee Bear out of the car so we could get pictures of them in the pumpkins, too. Jack wasn't interested in the pumpkins at all (again, with the toddler opinions), but he was all about the driving the tractor.
this was about 1/16th the size of this sandbox - it was HUGE!
Jack is very serious about sandboxing
We had a great time out at 7 Acre Wood. We've been to some other pumpkin patches and corn mazes over the years and this one is definitely a good one. I always look for one that has more than just pumpkins and we like to make a day (or at least an afternoon) of it. The sandbox was a huge hit and so was the tractor. I look forward to coming back next year!!!