The rainy weekends have been putting a major kink in my tightly scheduled October fall festival plans! I’ve had to prioritize which ones I really want to visit this year, and one of my top picks was Montpelier Farms Family Farm Park, located off Route 301 in Prince George’s County.
I headed there with my mother-in-law and two boys on a recent Saturday afternoon, post naps. She toted them off to the large pumpkin patch while I stood in line for almost 30 minutes for tickets. I would highly recommend bringing cash or purchasing your tickets online because that line was way shorter. Admission is $12 per person for those older than 3 years. There are additional activities that you can purchase tickets for, but we ended up waiting to purchase those tickets till we were inside and could see what the kids were interested in doing.
I would not recommend bringing a stroller as the farm is very hilly and sometimes muddy and there are no paved walkways. But a wagon would be a good idea, especially if you are planning on buying from the pumpkin patch or their extensive farmers market. You can bring in food and drinks, but there are also a couple of food vendors. Again, cash is recommended as not all places accept credit cards. Picnic tables and covered pavilions are plentiful.
Montpelier has a pretty large fall festival and the map they give you at admission will come in handy. My boys, ages 2 and almost 4, especially liked the “Cub Corral” which is only for kids under 48 inches tall. The corral includes two moon bounces, a flatbed truck with slides attached, large painted hay rolls to climb on, a silly cow-painted car to sit in, bouncy ball “animals” to ride and more. The farm also has typical fall festival attractions such as hayrides, a hay bale maze for tots, a covered corn pit with sand toys, face painting and big tube slides for zooming down on carpet squares.
Some unique aspects to Montpelier Farm include a 7-acre corn maze with two levels of difficulty, several animal feeding spots with goats and baby pigs and two TV areas — one for toddlers to watch “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” and another for die-hard sports fans to keep up with whatever football game is on at the time. Energetic kids can also climb on the playground, lasso hay bale “bulls,” kick big inflated soccer balls in the mini soccer field or pedal go-karts around a track. No matter where you are on the farm, there is something to do and see including a pumpkin-shaped house, a corn teepee, huge straw bale masterpieces that are creatively shaped and painted and lots of cute spots to take pictures.
Additional activities that cost extra (ranging from $3 to $8) included a duck race, gem mining, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making and pumpkin chunkin’ which launches pumpkins in a giant sling shot. My kids loved the duck race where they could pick out their own rubber duckie and “race” it down a hand pump water chute. At the end they got to keep their duck.
We easily spent 3 hours at the farm, and we didn’t even cover all the attractions. Because of how big this place is, it took a while to get around with two toddlers running in different directions, but we all definitely slept great that night!
The farm has special hours Friday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. since Anne Arundel County Schools are closed. For additional hours, online ticket purchases and info, visit the Montpelier Farms website.
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Mandy Watts is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Crownsville with her husband, Justin, who runs their family business, and their two sons, 3-year-old James and 1-year-old Luke.