This past weekend, we went to (the big) Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Culver City. We attended as media guests, as we did last year. The weather has been really hot, so we opted to go later in the day (around 3:30pm), to avoid the sun at it’s highest peak. Family-run, and minutes from downtown Culver City, Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is an easy drive for Westside residents, and has become a popular spot for birthday parties and play dates. Spend a couple hours or the whole day, your kids will leave tired!
At four, my daughter is the perfect age to enjoy the pumpkin patch. Last year, she had fun, but this year was even more fun. I worried less about her in the bounce house, because she can hold her own much better; and she really enjoyed the inflatable skull slide. There are a total of four inflatables – Dancing Spider Bounce, Capt. Billy Bones’ Jump-n-fly (for kids 44″ in height and above), the skull slide – Mr. Bones’ Super Slide!, and Jumpin’ Pumpkin (for toddlers).
The wait wasn’t too long, and we were allotted a decent amount of time to pet the animals. The ducks were a little shy and hid, but the goats and sheep were happy to be touched, while the chickens ran away, like chickens do. Regardless, the kid had a good time.
When we arrived, the magician Dave Cox was performing. My daughter loves shows, especially magic. We watched his comedic, entertaining, and interactive show, where he had volunteers from the audience participate.
Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies also performed, which was cool, because I remember them from Knott’s Berry Farm.
Photo-Ops and other fun activities
Tipi Village are tipis of varying size. The biggest one has a rope swing in it, which takes some balance! The tipis are good shade for sunny days, although most people like me, use them for fun photo ops.
There are several pumpkin cottages in Pumpkin Village. The biggest one (pictured above) is very impressive and colorful. there are smaller cottages, and even a miniature one the perfect size for toddlers. This is also where you would find a pumpkin or gourd to purchase.
Giant Rocking Horses
Hand-made by the family that runs Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch, these giant rocking horses are recognizable and unique to patches run by Mr. Bones.
I let my daughter play in the straw maze last, because it’s the messiest. It’s also the most difficult activity to get her out of, so I’m not really sure if it’s the best decision. Regardless, she had fun climbing and crawling through the hay, having fun with the other kids, while I tolerated it through sneezes. I remembered my tip from last week’s hay maze, and made her take her shoes off and empty them before getting inside the house and combing her hair outside too.
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is open through October 30th.
Note: Parking prices
For admission, event calendar, and more visit the website
Disclaimer: Westside Mommy received complimentary admission and VIP passes to experience Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch to facilitate this review. No monetary compensation was exchanged for this post. All opinions are my own.