Going to a pumpkin patch and taking those insta-worthy photos is always on that fall bucket list! While I’m thankful we even have pumpkin patches here in WNY, the ones we have had the pleasure of roaming the past few years were just ok! Nothing fancy. Just pumpkins, jump pillows, goats to pet and corn kernels to roll around in. After like 30 minutes you are beyond ready to leave and scheming up ways to pull your kiddo out of the corn kernel pit.
When I spotted a Facebook ad last week about the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY (buffalo) I was intrigued! They claimed amusement rides, haunted houses, food vendors, even a bar! The Great Pumpkin Farm looked to be a place for all ages! Something for everyone besides the wannabe Insta-models posing with pumpkins and toddlers swimming in corn.
The Great Pumpkin Farm
The Great Pumpkin Farm started out in 1996 by hosting the World Pumpkin Weigh-off. The Great Pumpkin Farm ended up in the Guinness World Book of Records for the first 1,000-pound pumpkin! From there, the Pumpkin Farm grew each year to include more signature events, rides and attractions and, today, it’s one of Western New York’s signature fall events!
This year The Great Pumpkin Farm is home to a Hay maze, Petting Zoo, Boo Barn, Playground, shop & bakery, Witches Brew Bar, Food Venders, and many rides and attractions! The best way to describe The Great Pumpkin Farm is to call it a fair with signature pumpkin patch activities! Adminssion is Free weekdays and $8 on weekends. Check the schedule to make sure the attraction you are most excited is open the day you are trying to make your trip!
The Great Pumpkin Farm is home to TWO bars! That’s right TWO! I was pretty excited when I heard this, so the first thing we did was grab a cider beer then headed to the playground! Mama could care less how long you’re playing with a drink in her hand.
Looking for a date night idea?!? Head to the Witches Brew Bar for a craft beer or even a specialty halloween drink before heading out the the rides and pumpkins!!! I would love it if hubby planned an evening like that for me. A girl can dream.
Just like every other pumpkin patch in the word, The Great Pumpkin Farm has all the traditional activities like Hay Rides, The Cow Train, Pillow Jumper, Animals. All included in your weekend admission price. Weekdays, some of these activities may cost you a fee.
The Great Pumpkin Farm definitely wins the award for most photographable pumpkin farm in WNY! So much artwork to pose in front of and soooooo many pumpkin setups! I wish it would have been a colder day (did I really just say that!) so I could have been dressed falltastic & not sweating to death in 80 degree heat. I would have loved a cute fall styled photo opt!
Choose your family favorite pumpkin to take home from the unique display of ZILLIONS of pumpkins. Don’t forget your stalks, gourds and mums to decorate your home for Halloween!
Pricing: (from website)
• PUMPKINS – $.45 lb
• PIE PUMPKINS – Orange or White – $.55 lb / Minimum $1.00 each
• LG GOURDS, DECORATIVE & WHITE Pumpkins – $.55 lb
• Small GOURDS – 2 for $1.00
• CORN STALKS – $4.00 each OR 3 for $10.00
• HAY BALES – $8.00 each
• INDIAN CORN – $4.00 each
• MUMS – $7.99 each OR 4 for $30.00
• PUMPKINS – MINI – $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00
• PUMPKINS – DECORATED Small – $4.00 each
• PUMPKINS – PAINTED Characters – $7.50 each
Catch a ride on a Carousel, the Ferris Wheel or one of the other favorite family rides at the Midway! This midway is legit like a fair!!! I even spotted one of those saucer type rides that tips you upside down!!
Have you you ever wanted to shoot a zombie? Give Zombie Paint Ball a try! Pony Rides are always a favorite of my daughters so you best believe we checked out the pony after taking getting our thrills from the midway!!!!
Are shows more your thing? Watch the Magic Show, Cackling Hen Revue, Juggling & Comedy Ventriloquism or watch the Pig Race!!
Worth The Drive?
I think it’s safe to say we were blown away with The Great Pumpkin Farm! I will admit that I never took the chance to visit a pumpkin farm before I was a mom, so I only have two other farms to compare it to. Those other two have nothing on The Great Pumpkin Farm. Honestly, one of them costs more and has not even a quarter of the activities The Great Pumpkin Farm has. So much to do for all ages! We really had the best afternoon. I’m still on cloud nine today because of all the family fun we had. Beyond happy I decided to make the hour+ journey to check a new place out. So worth the long drive. New yearly tradition. Next year we will be bringing others with us to join in on the good ole family fun!
Have you taken your kiddos to a pumpkin patch?
Ahhhhh fall!!! Tis the season of all things Apple!!! Since I’m not a pumpkin fan, I’m all about the apple deliciousness once fall hits! #TeamApple
One of the local events my family and I look forward to every fall is the Busti Apple Festival in Busti, Ny. Only a 10 minute drive from us in Jamestown!! We have been taking my daughter every year since she was born, so it’s literally a yearly tradition to go buy apples, cider and brows all of the crafts and other d.i.y goodies for sale!
Obviously the Busti Apple Festival is exactly that! A festival focused on apples. With a $5 per person admission fee per person, 12 under free, which goes to the Busti Fire Department, you are free to roam the grounds of the Busti Mill where craft venders, food venders and of course apples and cider are for sale.
I’m all about the snacks at these types of festivals. Last year while attending the Busti Apple Festival, I snacked on fried dough while hubby grubbed on curly fries. This year we were all about the mini donuts. So yummy! Wish I had some right meowwww!
If you follow me on Instagram, you know my daughter is horse & unicorn obsessed!!! She even takes riding lessons. So of course we always opt for the hay rides when we spot them! $4 a person for anyone curious :)
Such a fun day! I totally recommend attending the Busti Apple Festival if you’re in the area! Tons of crafts if you’re into D.I.Y decor, yummy snacks for all you foodies and of course the most delicious apples & cider you can get your hands on! Just make sure to wear shoes you don’t mind getting a tad bit muddy since you will be roaming a field & make sure to dress for that freezing in the morning & scorching in the afternoon weather. Sounds silly, but dressing appropriately can make or break your experience.
Have you been to the Busti Apple Festival? Do you have an Apple Festival in your area?
My family received free Sesame Place tickets, however, we paid for the Abby’s Magic Queue upgrade ourselves. As usual, all options, thoughts, stories & typos, 100% my own.
As most of you know, my family and I had the chance to visit Sesame Place over Labor Day weekend! It was one heck of a trip that’s for sure. I had a blast showing my daughter my old childhood stomping grounds! It’s crazy how much Sesame Place has grown over the years. The last time I was strolling the parks, Sesame Place was a water park. Now it’s home to not only water slide, but amusement rides, even roller coasters!
Abby’s Magic Queue
One of the coolest things I spotted on the Sesame Place website under “Upgrades” when planning our trip was Abby’s Magic Queue!
What is Abby’s Magic Queue?
Abby’s Magic Queue simply makes the lines disappear with an additional ticket upgrade costing anywhere between $15-$34 depending on what day you visit! With Abby’s Magic Queue, you can skip the regular lines and enjoy priority boarding one time per ride! This awesomeness even includes the newest roller coaster, Oscar’s Wacky Taxi! Sounds sweet doesn’t it?
One of the questions people have been asking me over and over has been is Abby’s Magic Queue worth it? My honest opinion is it depends on what day and time you decide to visit Sesame Place. Are you planning a trip on a holiday? Is it a weekend? A weekday? This really does matter when considering the Abby’s Magic Queue splurge.
We made our Sesame Place trip Labor Day weekend and boy did that park fill up quickly! My family and I received free Sesame Place park tickets, but paid for Abby’s Magic Queue out of our own pockets and we were so thankful for making that decision. The park opened at 10am and by noon, Sesame Place was jam packed with kiddos wanting to spend the day with their favorite Sesame Street Characters!
Abby’s Magic Queue was a total blessing for us! We were able to experience every single ride and go down every water slide in one visit AND on a peak day/holiday.
Now, if you’re planning on making a Sesame Place visit on a non-peak day, or maybe you are just wanting to make a morning trip, I would definitely hold off on Abby’s Magic Queue. Even during Labor Day weekend, Sesame Place didn’t get crowded until around noon, so lines weren’t that bad in the morning.
So my answers.
Holiday - Yes
Special Event - Yes
Summer Weekend - Yes
Spring - No
Fall - No
Weekday - If Abby’s Magic Queue is $34 on the Sesame Place Website YES! If it’s $15 NO!
Have you been to Sesame Place?
Thank you Sesame Place for sponsoring this post.
Labor Day weekend we made the drive down to Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The home to the world famous Sesame Place. A 5 hour drive from Chautauqua County NY and about 45 minutes outside of Philly.
I moved around a lot when I was a child since every time my dad landed a promotion and moved up that corporate ladder, we had to go take over a new city. One of those moves landed us in the heart of Philadelphia & you best believe that summer my brother and I had season passes to Sesame Place. So it was pretty sweet that I was able to spend a weekend sharing a childhood favorite fun spot of mine with my own child.
Oscars Wacky Taxi
Sesame Place has definitely grown since the last time I roaming the park! When I was 5, Sesame Place was just a water park! Not a single dry ride at all!!! I couldn’t believe how much the park had grown. One of the newest additions just happened to be a brand new roller coaster called Oscar's Wacky Taxi.
Oscar’s Wacky Taxi is a roller coaster inspired by of course, Oscar’s Taxi. It’s the park's first steel-wooden-hybrid roller coaster & second roller coaster in the park. The new coaster is one of the largest new attractions in the park’s 37-year history, so we definitely picked the right time to plan a Sesame Place trip.
Oscar’s Wacky Taxi will send riders soaring down an exhilarating first drop of 40 feet, traveling over 1,200 feet of track with exciting twists, turns, and plenty of airtime hills -- sure to delight even the grouchiest of riders. A 40” rider height requirement (with a supervising companion) or 46” height requirement for single riders will make this the perfect first coaster for many park guests!!! My daughter watches kids ride roller coasters on YouTube, so she was pretty thrilled to actually ride a big girl coaster herself.
Since Oscars Wacky Taxi is new, lines can get pretty long if you’re at the park on a peak day. We happened to attend Elmo’s Character Breakfast, so we were some of the very first people in the park. We were actually in the park before it opened, so once breakfast ended, we strolled right over to Oscar’s Wacky Taxi and scored those first spots in line!
Another great tip for those of you that HATE lines. If you’re at Sesame Place, spot that the Oscar’s Wacky Taxi line is ridiculously long. Head on over to customer service and purchase a One Time Queue for $9 a rider. This $9 pass will let you board the coaster once by cutting the entire line. You can also purchase a Abby’s Magic Queue for every ride in the park for $34. Depending on how much you hate lines or how antsy your kiddos are, that might be the best purchase of the day!
Worth the long wait? Worth paying for the Magic Que? Did we like it!!?!??
Yes, Yes and YES!
Don’t let the coasters name fool ya! Oscar’s Wacky Taxi has a lot of speed. I was shocked at how fast this roller coaster actually went. My daughter is a thrill seeker. Obsessed with watching YouTube GoPro videos of kids riding ride, so of course she wanted to ride Oscar’s Wacky Taxi again!
Since this was a pretty fast ride, I would hold off taking any super little ones who scare easily. This is definitely a big kid ride and literally the perfect roller coaster to introduce kids to more thrilling rides than those cute rides in Elmo’s World.
I would totally wait in line for this ride and if I had $9 to spare, even splurge on the Magic Que since I’m a line hater myself. Loved Oscar’s Wacky Taxi and dare I say it was way more thrilling than Slinky Dog at Hollywood Studios? And we know how much I loved that ride. I raved about it for weeks after riding. Oscar’s Wacky Taxi gets two thumbs up!
Have you been to Sesame Place? Have you had a chance to check out Oscars Wacky Taxi?
So Haylie & I did an extremely brave thing a few weekends ago! We registered for a Little Bakers Class at Full Moon Rising Bakery in Jamestown located on Cherry Street.
I always get scared that these types of classss will be a tad bit too difficult for my “non-verbal” child. While she’s extremely intelligent book-wise, following directions can be hit or miss for Haylie. Some days not one person would ever guess she has any cognitive issues and then other days have me wanting to bury my head in the sand since I don’t have an explanation for anything that may have happened. There is no predicting what type of day we will have, so any group activities are a huge gamble for us. Just incase things take a turn for the worst, I always have an exit strategy in play.
Little Bakers Class
Haylie is frosting obsessed! Cupcakes are a favorite of hers and frosting them is a favorite pastime. She is the Funfetti princess at home, so we took the plunge and registered for a real Little Bakers Class. The class costs $20 a child and each child gets to create 4 cupcake masterpieces.
While waiting for all the kiddos to arrive, the bakers at Full Moon Rising Bakery had markers and stickers scattered on the table so the kids could decorate their cupcake boxes. This was perfect since this class ranges from 2-10 year olds. Super little ones can get pretty antsy, so coloring a cupcake box kept the kiddos nice and occupied.
Once all the kids arrived, it was time to learn how to frost those cupcakes! The owner of the bakery explained how each bag of frosting had a different tip. Each tip made a different pattern and she demonstrated how to use each frosting tip.
Then it was time for the kids to attempt their own frosting skills. This first cupcake Haylie made 100% on her own! The frosting bags can be a tad bit tough to work with, so I was rather impressed with how much muscle she had to squeeze that frosting out!
The next three cupcakes Haylie had me help squeeze the bag from the top while she twisted the frosting to make a swirl. The brown reminded us of the poop emoji, so the brown cupcake was the favorite to make. Who doesn’t like sprinkled poop lol....
At the end of the class, the folks at Full Moon Rising Bakery had a little photo setup so the participants could have a mini photoshoot with their cupcakes! I thought this was the perfect way to end a class! Everyone mom wants those Insta photos to show off their Little Bakers skills don’t they?
Honestly, I was beyond happy we decided to give the Little Bakers class a chance. Haylie did great since Little Bakers took place in such a relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for super little ones just learning how to participate in group activities AND perfect for kiddos like my own who may struggle with step by step. Literally no skills required to have a fabulous time! This mama left with the biggest smile on her face because we had a blast! We participated in a normal Mommy/daughter activity and finished it without any drama. I know all you special need mamas can relate to that awesome feeling when the escape plan didn’t need to be executed. Two thumbs up from us here at The Trophy WifeStyle
Have your kids taken any type of cooking/baking classes?
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.