I love going to a pumpkin patch as much as the next person. It certainly is fun for my inner child! But plenty of people take actual young children with them – not just their inner child. These little guys love climbing all over stuff, petting the animals, and picking out pumpkins. Which, I’ll admit, is a lot of fun! But sometimes children don’t understand some of the basic things they’re not supposed to do at a pumpkin patch, and you may not have thought about it, either! So here are the basic things you need to do when you visit a farm or pumpkin patch.
- If there’s a petting zoo, don’t feed animals like horses and donkeys! This also includes mules. They can be a bit aggressive occasionally, and will accidentally chomp on your hand rather than the food. They don’t intend to be mean, but can still bite your hand! Read the signs concerning other animals, too, because there may be a few you shouldn’t touch.
- If there’s a corn maze, don’t pick the corn! Farmers can get really angry if you pick their corn; it cost lots of money to plant it, water it, and harvest it at some point. You should be respectful of that and refrain from picking any of the ears of corn or the stalks unless you ask first.
- Be careful what you touch! Little kids may pick up things they’re not really supposed to. This can include fur that an animal has shed, and other things they might have shed, if you get my drift. So be sure you pay attention to your kids so they don’t pick up anything unsanitary.
- Keep some point of reference in a corn maze. Remember the story of the parents who called 911 because they got lost in a corn maze? Yeah, you don’t want to be those people. Choose some point of reference like a power line, a clearing in the corn, or a particular tree you can see above the corn maze. This way, you can always return to that point without getting lost.
I hope these tips help keep you and your kids safe the next time you visit a pumpkin patch! Visiting farms and patches can be loads of fun if you know how to handle yourself. Just remember to be respectful and a bit cautious at all times, and you should be fine!
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