What It is:
Every year from the end of September through October, Tanaka Farms in Irvine has a Pumpkin Patch. Tanaka Farms is a working farm that grows various different types of produce. Every year they set up a big pumpkin patch event.
What We Did:
We went to Tanaka Farms first thing in the morning. Since they had a partnership with Sanrio this year, I had been hearing that it was crazy packed later in the day on the weekends.
After parking and paying, we headed in. We took a few pictures first. Luckily since it is a family event, there were plenty of people willing to take photos if you returned the favor. There were lots of cute photo setups all around.
One of the things included with entry is the corn maze. I’m pretty sure it is different every year. It was at least different from the last time that I went. C was amazed by the corn and we were in the maze forever because of it, but exploring is good!
We bought one entry into the petting zoo since C was free and we felt that we both didn’t need to go in. Of course C loved this part. He is all about petting animals these days. There were 3 different petting zoo sections. They seemed to all have similar animals. I think I noticed that one had an alpaca while the others didn’t but other than that they all seemed pretty similar. Goats, sheep, the usual. You could purchase food to hand out if you wanted to. After exiting there were a large number of hand sanitizing stations.
We chose not to do the wagon ride since C wouldn’t sit still for it and we did not want to have him melt down at that point. So we watched the Pumpkin Cannon launch pumpkins at a hillside. We also stopped and got some fresh strawberry lemonade from one of their food stands. The food smelled amazing and if we didn’t already have lunch plans that day I would have been all about it.
Of course we walked around the actual pumpkin patch. There are so many pumpkins of different sizes and colors. It was amazing. I love pumpkins so this was a ton of fun for me. C liked to touch them and try to pick them up. We did buy him a little pumpkin since he loved it so much and he carried it around the house for days.
We also bought a bunch of stuff from the produce stand before leaving. Their bread is really good as is their salsa. We also love to pick up some fresh veggies to cook for the week too!
- Super cute.
- They put a lot of effort into making it fun.
- Fairly inexpensive for quite a bit of activities.
Not So Good:
- Leaving the parking lot was a mess.
- I will credit Tanaka Farms here. There was an accident in the parking lot right before we left that brought in fire trucks and police. It held up the parking lot for some time. They did come out and hand out water and try to keep everyone informed.
- It was a little crowded so different picture spots had a small line.
Entry was $3 per person (2 and under were free.)
- Wagon Ride: $6 per person (2 and under were free)
- Pretting Zoo: $3 per person (2 and under were free)
- U-Pick Vegetable Patch: $2.99 a pound
- Game Tickets: $1 each or $20 for 22
We love Tanaka Farms. They are actively working on making the parking and entry for events run smoother. Follow their social media for info about parking and if it is full. The weekend after we went they changed how parking is done and you have to preregister for a parking pass. It seems as though they will do this again next year!
I think that overall they do a great job with running the events. Does parking pose challenges? Yes. But they are a working farm that has recently gotten super popular (we went a few years ago and there was like 1/4 the number of people there) and they are working on making it better.
We will absolutely be back and we LOVE their produce stand too! And hopefully C will have the patience for the wagon ride next year. I can’t wait!