Fall is upon us, Kansas City. The leaves have begun to change, sweaters have been unpacked, football season is here, and pumpkins are everywhere. As a child, visiting the pumpkin patch in the fall is a highly anticipated event. There is a lot of pressure for a pumpkin to make the cut. It must be a brilliant hue of orange with a long stem and perfectly symmetrical. After all, this would be the pumpkin that would adorn the front porch for all to see. There is a certain magic in finding the “cream of the crop” when it comes to pumpkins. Once your find is cleaned, cored, and carved it is ready to become the centerpiece of any fall display. There is a sense of joy and accomplishment as the eyes and crooked smile of your creation glow at each passerby.
Choosing the right pumpkin patch can be just as difficult for parents as choosing the right pumpkin for the child. "Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere" (Charlie Brown). Sometimes for individuals with disabilities finding the "most sincere patch" takes a little bit more planning. We have composed a list of our favorite Kansas City, accessible pumpkin patches this year.
Johnson Farms: This family owned farm has everything from fantastic food to hayrides. The 60 acre pumpkin patch has paved paths, accessible restrooms and will assist each person on the hay ride to make sure everyone has a fun and safe experience.
17701 S State Rte D
Louisberg Cider Mill: Reviews rave “you don’t have to wait for the pumpkin patch or corn maze to make this a fun trip”. Take a look around the accessible store and pick out cider, jelly, spices, or fruit butter. The patch spans over 10 acres so you can pick your own from the vine. The paths are very wide but are not paved so some individuals in wheelchairs may need a helping push. The staff at Louisberg Cider Mill assured us that they host folks of all abilities every year. Before you pick out your pumpkin don’t forget to stop by Teepee Villiage, Straw Fort and the petting zoo.
14730 Hwy 68
Louisberg, KS 66053
Weston Red Barn Farm: In the spirit of preserving the American dream of farming visitors are offered the opportunity to experience a real working farmstead. Soak In some old fashioned farm fun on the hayride, at a bonfire, or while picking pumpkins and apples. If you call ahead the kind folks out at red barn farm will gladly meet you with a ramp for assistance in getting on and off of the hay ride. The paths in the orchard and pumpkin patch are dirt but are well maintained and extra wide.
16300 Wilkerson Rd.
Weston, MO 64098
Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead: The Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead honors the legacy of Officer Deanna Rose to bring the charm of a farm to children living in the city. This 12 acre Farmstead has nearly 200 animals and birds, vegetable and flower gardens, fishing and pony rides. The farmstead has many brick and paved paths leading you to each activity.
13800 Switzer Rd
Overland Park, KS 66221