If you are in the Southern California area and looking for an authentic down-home farm experience this Autumn, Oma’s Pumpkin Patch combines just the right amount of education and fun! We live just around the corner from Oma’s but it’s worth the trip if you are coming from farther reaches of San Diego county. Located in Lakeside California, the Van Ommering Dairy is a full-time working family farm.
Oma’s Pumpkin Patch is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am to 7pm. For each paid child ($8.00), one adult gets in free. Each child receives a water bottle, access to all activities and they can choose a pumpkin from the “Jack Patch” when they leave. There are additional very large-sized pumpkins for sale as well as other fall-decor items like hay bales and Indian corn. Their gift shop also stocks crafts, souvenirs and honey.
Everyone can take the hay ride around the farm to get an up-close and personal look at the cows and dairy farm (Fair warning: this can be a stinky experience!)
My son and I have been twice for school field trips and many other times with family members. There is something for everyone at every age to do here!
Hands-on activities include a “cow” to practice milking on (with water) and pairs of horns for roping.
There are many pieces of old farming equipment around the patch for climbing and posing for pictures on. We love the flat-bed truck loaded up with Halloween pumpkins, it’s a great place to take a yearly picture! There are also several playground sets with bikes to ride and balls to play with in a grassy field.
My guys like the hay maze but it’s too hot for me in there! I love these fun photo op locations throughout the farm, we take pictures in them every year.
Kids love the petting area with the goats. There are often some mischievous baby goats who escape from the confines of the pen and run around the farm!
My boys have both loved the giant sand pile with all the toy trucks and tractors to drive around.
But best of all for everyone, the cottonseed mountain! There are various sledding discs provided. Kids (and some adults!) take a sled to the top of the mountain and slide their way down the mountain of fluffy cottonseed. Be sure to empty your pockets before you get in the car because we always find lots of cottonseed inside when we get home!
Make sure to allow yourself several hours to play. There have been many times we expected to only be there for a few hours and have stayed long after dark!
Eat at one of the shaded picnic tables or buy a snack (cash only) at their Cow Country Cafe. Please note that there are a lot of bees at the farm, especially around the picnic tables and trash cans.
In addition to the Pumpkin Patch, Oma’s also offers educational tours throughout the year including educational tours for classes/schools, a Spring Dairy tour and a Christmas Tree Patch. You can even host a birthday party on the farm!
I love that when we go to Oma’s we are supporting a small family-run business and can enjoy being on a working farm (and not in a shopping center parking lot!)
Oma’s Pumpkin Patch has become our yearly family tradition!
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