Today we headed off on another Adventure of Eire and took to Co. Meath to have a whirl around Kennedys Pumpkin Patch. I was flying solo with all four as Daddy had to work and in a panic, I rang nana to take the wobbler. In my defence, she has the snots and is feeling a bit under the weather so it was probably best anyway. I felt awful leaving her but I made it up to her when we got home with some quality one on one time.
I came across Kennedys Pumpkin Patch in my news feeds a couple of months back and bought a ticket through their Eventbrite page. I’ve never been pumpkin picking before, nor has any of the kids so we had no idea what to expect. We had a ball and the babog snored as per usual but this time in her Stokke baby carrier.
The drive from Dublin to the pumpkin patch was grand, straight forward with the help of the google map directions linked on their Facebook page. Although we spent more time in the queue for the car park than we did on the motorway. The car-seat-hating-babog had a bit of a meltdown as we were waiting so it was quite stressful waiting. When we eventually got inside there were LOADS of parking spaces which really annoyed me but it was opening day so I’ll give the lads the benefit of the doubt.
The big kid spotted someone with their face painted so that was first on our list. We asked a member of staff and they directed us to The Wicked Witch Inn, a large decorated marquee. Once inside I got myself a cup of witches brew (it was no Costa or Starbucks but it was grand for a euro). The big kid had her face painted, there were loads of girls doing it so there were no queues and it was free. They had some Halloween treats for the kids including spooky cupcakes to chocolate covered marshmallow, cheap as chips compared to some places we’ve been, the cupcakes were €1.50 and the marshmallow sticks were 50c each. I got the kids cups of diluted blackcurrant and we weren’t charged for them so I’m assuming they are free or the lady made a boo boo and I’m hanging her to dry now.
Unfortunately, I assumed as it was a ticketed event they would have electronic payment on site, how wrong was I! Thankfully I had about fifteen in cash in the car so I let the kids decide whether they wanted to buy Pumpkins or get caramel apples, their kids, they choose the sweet treats of course. We filled up on smartie and caramel covered apples and went to a little storytelling show just behind the little hut selling the apples.
Next, we went to the pumpkin patch itself and it was deadly. It was a thousand times better than I expected. I thought it would literally be a few pumpkins in a field but there were hundreds upon hundreds of pumpkins, some big, some small, the big kid found one the same size of a mandarin, it was too cute.
There weren’t many carts available from what I could see, the big kid was a bit disappointed as she hung around the entrance for a bit trying to get her hands on one to pull the toddler around. Pumpkins were priced at €5 for small to €15 for a large, pricey in my opinion but considering the entrance is so cheap they have to make money somehow so it evens it off a little.
There are lots of photo opportunities throughout Kennedys Pumpkin Patch too. The toddler freaked at the site of the tractor and it took lots of bribes to get him off. They have a mini hay maze right down the end of the field too, it’s great craic watching the kids from the outside. The toddler must have walked the same little corner for ten minutes, back and forth and back again. I was on the floor laughing.
There are some great photo opportunities throughout the patch, they really put a lot of effort into it in my opinion. I had to bribe the toddler for the photo below, though. Little rascal has me sussed already. There’s a spook house of the far side of the patch too, like a little ghost train without the train. We did it about four times. The toddler is normally afraid of his own shadow but today he just couldn’t get enough of all the spooky decorations.
I would highly recommend a day out at Kennedys Pumpkin Patch. Other than the parking and cash only issues I have no other faults. The kids had a ball and we’ll definitely be back next year, all six of us. I won’t impulse buy, I’ll make sure Daddy is off, he’s a little-pissed off he had to work after seeing all our photos.
If you are heading to Kennedys Pumpkin patch I highly recommend bringing your slings or baby carriers, I watched so many people struggle to get through the fields with buggies and bring your rain gear too, just in case. It was pissing when we arrived but thankfully it cleared up. And don’t make my mistake and bring cash with you!
Tickets normally go on sale end of August/September so keep an eye on the Kennedy Pumpkin Patch Facebook page.
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