So I had a date this past weekend with my favorite little boys. Its been a long time since I took them on my own somewheres to do something fun, just me and them.
I’m not sure about you, but I love Halloween and Fall festivities! Ever since I was a kid it was one of my favorite time of the year. I loved dressing up, Halloween parties, Boo at the Zoo, and local haunted houses, corn mazes, pumpkin carving, and of course making pumpkin pies.
Back when my big kids were little, I took them to a nearby corn maze. We had fun, but over the years it has gotten pretty big, and in my opinion less little kid friendly. So I started to look for something different.
Well I found it!
Penner Pumpkins & The Scarecrow Forest
Penner’s is located on a farm northeast of Steinbach, Manitoba. What I loved about it is it is totally kid oriented. If you have a more sensitive child, I could find nothing really scary about this place.
I think even families who do not celebrate Halloween could enjoy this farm. There were no ghost, monsters, witches, werewolves, zombies, vampires, or any other scary creatures. Just farm animals, pumpkins and scarecrows.
The first thing Wes ran to do when we arrived was to start playing on one of the huge homemade play structures. He enjoyed the crazy slippery slides, and exploring the tunnels.
Make sure to make lots of time to spend at Penner Pumpkins and Scarecrow forest. There were so many fun homemade play structures, your kids are going to want to keep running around playing. You won’t find ANYTHING like this in the city.
Then came the paintball target range. Well as you can image, Wes was all over this! Imagine, being 9 years old and being ALLOWED to shoot a car and its passengers(scarecrows mind you) with a paintball gun? Yep, he was in his glory. Apparently he has good aim too! He was able to peg the scarecrow driver in the head several times. This summer at camp he apparently got a Bulls Eye his first shoot during archery and several throughout the day.
Next came the Duck Races. One ticket got you a cute little rubber ducky to race. You put your rubber ducky in a race track and at the sound of “Ready, Set, Go!” you start pumping the water pump as fast as you can.
But the best part was, we got to keep the ducky and we could go back and race with it as often as we wanted. Then at the end of the day, the boys got to bring them home.
Wes and I found 2 GIANT homemade Connect Four games. There was also a picnic table, converted to a giant Checkers board.
Instead of a sandbox they had a Corn Box. Yes it was a giant sandbox filled with unpopped popcorn. Z loved playing in this. Ok I’m not going to lie, I love playing in the corn box too! All though I would recommend if you are wearing flip flop sandals to take them off before going in the corn box. It kind of reminds me of quicksand and it almost ate my sandals a few times before I took them off.
Afterwards it was 2:30pm. Every hour there is a train ride the loads up and takes sightseers around the farm .
The driver introduced us to several of his animals, and took us through the Scarecrow Forest.
Wes also got to shoot what they call the Corn Cannon. They load it up with tennis balls and then you get to fire them at a farm target range. Sadly I didn’t get any pictures of this because my camera died 🙁
I should mention, these are just the attractions we hit. There were a few more, but we ran out of time and Little Z fell asleep.
At the end of the day I was so happy with our visit. The owners and staff are amazing. Everytime I saw the owner, he was greeting guest and welcoming them to his farm. This is was not a money grab attraction. I felt everything was fairly priced, and well worth the price of admission. One thing you will notice is this not a corporate and professionally made attraction. This is a down to earth, made with love, blood, sweat and tears operation. The owners are obviously very creative, and know what kids love. It has a homemade feeling, and that is what I love about it. I felt like I was having a fun day on the farm with my family, not a day at the amusement park being nickeled and dimed.
Penner’s Pumpkins and Scarecrow Forest, we will be back next year!