Enjoy a fabulous Fall with friends and family in Kansas City. Whether a pumpkin spice latte or a cup of hot apple cider is your beverage of choice, fill up your Yeti, put your kids in their cutest flannel outfits and make some Fall memories! Be sure to check out all the amazing Fall activities happening in and around your area…
Maple Leaf Festival
Baldwin City’s Fall festival began in 1958 and was timed to coincide with the best time to view the changing colors of the maple leaves. This year’s fest, Oct. 21-22, includes a parade, arts and cafts with 300 booths, a carnival and the kids zone.**Ride the Midland Railroad from Baldwin City to Nowhere, Kansas.
Weston Apple Fest
A great day trip from Kansas City is the Weston Apple Fest on Oct. 7-8 and is known as one of Missouri’s best Fall festivals. Main Street is lined with vendor booths and the local churches have apple dumplings, pies and cookies on hand. Children’s activities are scheduled both days of the festival in the park with pony rides, carnival style games, face painting and pumpkin painting.
WaterFire Kansas City
Check out a display of floating fire, live music and food at this annual Plaza event, 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. **This event will get rescheduled for rain, so check the website if it looks cloudy.
Night of the Living Farm
Old-fashioned lanterns and carved pumpkins will lead costumed trick-or-treaters through pathways of graves and ghouls at Night of the Living Farm at the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 6 – 9 p.m. Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28. Activities include pirate ship races, a fairy princess party, a haunted barn, a flashlight scavenger hunt, hayrides (both scary and non-scary) and a marshmallow roast. **KCMB Tip: Come hungry for bratwurst, hot dogs, apple cider and caramel apples.
This outdoor arts festival, Oct. 13-15, kicks off with the lighting of “Great Pumpkin Mountain.” Don’t miss the costume parade, rides, games, storytelling and fall food. **Visit the Pony Express National historic Site and learn about Pony Express riders while you’re there.
Lenexa Chili Challenge
The festivities start Friday, Oct. 20 with live music, the hot pepper eating contest and fireworks. The chili challenge begins Saturday morning, Oct. 21, with free samples for the public (while they last) and arts and crafts for kids. **Kids can show off their culinary skills in the Kids Kornbread Contest.
Kansas City Kids Marathon
Sponsored by Children’s Mercy and Chick-fil-a, this 1.2 mile run is for kindergarten through eighth grade runners and coincides with the Kansas City Marathon on Oct. 21. Registration is available for teams and pre-race training programs are available.
Weston Red Barn
Beginning Labor Day Weekend, the farm is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily through the first weekend in November. In addition to picking the perfect pumpkin, make a day of it with tractor or horse-drawn hay rides, pony rides, farm animals and a corn maze. **On weekdays before 2 p.m., staff are busy with school tours. Pay the school tour fee or do a self-guided tour if you come during these hours.
Johnson Farms (Belton, Mo.)
With 40 acres of pumpkin patch and 20 acres of corn maze, Johnson Farms is the perfect place for a fall outing. A playground, corn crib maze, pumpkin cannon, pig races, barrel train, a jumping pillow (you have to see it to believe it), and of course, the pumpkin-chomping dinosaur make this one of our favorite farms. Daily admission prices range from $9-$13. Open weekdays and weekends beginning Sept. 23. **Weekend pig races begin at 11 a.m. and continue every two hours.
Dunn’s Cider Mill (Belton, Mo.)
Bonus! On your way back from Johnson Farms, stop by Dunn’s for fresh cider donuts and (the real) apple cider.
Open limited days and hours, mid-September to mid-November. Check Facebook for changes and supply updates.
Faulkner’s Ranch Pumpkin Farm (Kansas City, Mo.)
Highlights include a pumpkin patch, Wild West playground, hayride, petting farm barn, field maze, duck races, games, train ride, corn cannon and face painting (some attractions weekend only). Open Oct. 1 – Oct. 31.**Special themed weekends include grandparents weekend, Sound of Music, Wild Western and Halloween. Plan accordingly.
Cider Hill Family Orchard (Kansas City, Kan.)
An apple wagon will take you to pick from the orchard’s more than 1,300 apple trees. Once you fill your bags, you can pick out a pumpkin or fish at one of the orchard’s five ponds. Cider Hill apples are already available and pumpkin season begins Oct. 1. Closed Mondays. **Apples are sold by the bag size not the weight so fill that bag up to the top!
Carolyn’s Country Cousins (Liberty, Mo.)
A mining camp, petting zoo and pig races highlight this pumpkin patch that also offers a variety of food options. The farm opens Sept. 16, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. **Buy your tickets ahead of time online. For a $2/ticket weekend discount, by five or more tickets at once. Season passes available.
Alldredge Orchard (Platte City, Mo.)
Get your apples and pumpkins in one spot! Alldredge is open Saturdays and Sundays in September and October for apple picking and weekends in October for pumpkins. The orchard also has a playground, store, bakery and cafe and farm animals. **Check Facebook before you go to ensure the variety of apples available is one you want.
KC Pumpkin Patch (Olathe, Kan.)
A close patch for those in Johnson County that offers a slide mountain, goat walk, zip lines, jumping pillow, outdoor farm games, gourd gun, mazes, train, schoolhouse and too many to name here. The Hog Wild Cafe has plenty of options for lunch or a snack. Opening Sept. 23, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon – 6 p.m. Sundays. **Check out their web page for special events on weekends including entertainment and live music.
Opening Sept. 29, Deanna Rose is transformed into a pumpkin farm with horse-drawn wagons that take you to a pumpkin patch to pick out your favorite (included in admission). Other special activities include a corn maze, hay pyramid, corn box, hay slide and the Pumpkin Hollow Express barrel train. Open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekends. **Additional admission fee of $8 applies to participate in Pumpkin Hollow activities. Kids under 1 are free.
Powell Pumpkin Patch
This family-owned patch in Louisburg offers FREE admission! Opening Sept. 30, this 35-acre patch offers free hayrides and a corn maze for an additional fee. Small concession stand with packaged snacks and drinks available. Open daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. No credit cards. **A quarter-mile nature trail has a great view of Kansas wildlife and trees.
Schaake’s Pumpkin Patch
Another free admission patch! Schaake’s in Lawrence features pick-your-own-pumpkins, hayrides, a hay maze, the straw romp, farm animals, and a photo area. Opens Sept. 23 daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. **Snack concessions include buttered popcorn, cookies, donuts and slushes.
Gieringers is expanded their orchard last year to include a corn maze, pumpkin patch, sunflower fields, hay rides and other fun activities beginning Sept. 22. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. **Admission is $10, 2 and under free – includes all activities, pumpkins an extra per pound cost.
Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch
This Kearney farm has a pumpkin patch, barrel train, pig races, tricycle track, pumpkin cannon, rubber duck races and more. Opens Sept. 14. **Rent a fire pit for $50 (20 people or less) for a private event for your family and friends.
Don’t miss the Spook House, horse swings, lasso practice areas along with a pumpkin patch, corn maze, farm animals and play areas. Opening September 30 in Bonner Springs, weekends only. $7 admission for ages 3 and up.
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**info courtesy of Kansas City Moms Blog.