Last Friday, I was on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin farm to take my son to. I had a few specifics: Not too far from Milwaukee, not too expensive (I refuse to pay $20 a person for an activity that will keep my toddler busy for maybe two hours), and it had to have some fun activities for my son (See note above about having to keep my toddler busy).
After quite a bit of Googling, I came across Lindners Pumpkin Farm in New Berlin. It was just 25 minutes away, $4 a person for admission ($3 if you bring a canned good for the New Berlin food pantry), and it had a petting zoo. Perfect. (In hindsight, I could’ve saved myself some time and used the MkeMB Quick & Dirty Guide to Fall in Milwaukee!)
We got there right when it opened at 10:00 AM, and we were the only people there. This, of course, made me a little uneasy, but I decided we’d give it a try anyways. And, I am so glad we did, because my kid had a blast!
Our first stop at the farm was to check out the animals. Your admission to Lindners included food to feed the goats, which is always a hit in our family. We spent quite a bit of time visiting the goats, and then walked through the rest of the animal area. I must say, there are not a ton of animals, and the only animals you can really “pet” are the goats. An older kid may not be as entertained as my two-year-old. But, we still enjoyed checking out the assortment of farm animals.
After saying hi to all the animals, we checked out the rest of the farm. By this time, a ton of other families and school groups had showed up. I was happy to have gotten there as early as we did. We definitely avoided the congestion that was now building up by the animals.
The rest of the farm was huge! There was a corn maze, a giant slide, a huge wooden playground for older kids, and a smaller playground for younger kids. There was also a little race track for kids under 5. As someone with a young kid, I really appreciated all the activities they had geared towards the littler ones. I hate having to worry about my son being barreled over by a group of older kids who are just trying to play, too.
There were also barrel train rides and pumpkin bowling available for an additional fee (but it was very minimal, I think $1 a piece). My only complaint was that you couldn’t walk into the fields to actually pick your own pumpkin. All of the pumpkins, gourds, and other fall produce were available for purchase in their front market. But, let me tell you: the prices of the pumpkins and other produce were great! We bought a small pumpkin for my son ($1) and a bunch of gourds (2 for $1). The large pumpkins were between $5-$6. Definitely not bad at all. There were also beautiful bunches of Indian corn, bales of hay, and bunches of corn stalks available for purchase. If you’re just looking to decorate your front porch for the season, this would also be a perfect stop. There’s no admission for the market.
All things considered, we had a great time at Linders Pumpkin Farm. There was plenty to do for a great price. If you’re looking for a fun fall activity for your family, check them out. And, be sure to pick up a pumpkin or two on your way out.