Pumpkin Patch 2014

Come visit our 21st Annual Pumpkin Patch at the Nature Discovery Center. You and your family can come pick out the perfect pumpkin for your front porch, enjoy kid's games and moonbounces in a carnival atmosphere, and more!  This annual festival is a great, safe place for family fun, food, and games - and the pumpkins on the lawn provide great photo opportunities.

While you're here you can ride the Tubs-of-Fun ride, have your face painted, or climb the rock wall...if you dare! If you're looking for some old time fun, take a wagon ride around the block. There will be vendors selling jewelry, candles, and more. 

Pumpkin Patch provides fun for the whole family and supports the programs of the Nature Discovery Center. A win-win!


Admission is free.

Individual tickets are $0.50. About 18 different festival games are just 1 ticket each.  Crafts, activities, and larger attractions can be 4 or 6 tickets each. The Rock Wall (just added to our attraction line-up on 10/16), will be $5.

Pumpkin Passes are $20 and can be shared by the whole family to cover games, activities, crafts, some food/drinks, and pumpkins. You get $21 worth of tickets and don't have to carry around a wad of tickets.

Food prices range from 2 tickets for popcorn, soda and water, to 4 tickets/slice for pizza, to 7 tickets per Chick-fil-A Sandwich (available only on Saturday).  Sno balls sold by an outside vendor generally cost 6 - 9 tickets. 

Pumpkin prices vary from year to year depending on the sizes they deliver and the prices they charge us. Final pricing won't be known until Friday evening, October 17th.  Generally they are about $3 - $8, but sometimes we have smaller pumpkins and gourds as well.


Parallel parking is available in the green strip that runs along Newcastle in front of the park. Parking is also available on side streets across Newcastle to the east (Lula, Betty, Jim West, Wendell, etc.), and down Evergreen to the south and down Oleander to the north. There will be limited parking available on a first come first served basis in the Evergreen Pool Parking lot. The Nature Discovery Center/Russ Pitman Park north and south end parking lots will be closed for vendors and for festival activities.

Pumpkin Patch Volunteer Opportunities for Teens and Adults

Help children and families participate in activities on October 18 & 19 for our annual Pumpkin Patch festival.

Volunteer Shifts:  3-hour shifts of 10:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. OR 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. each day (Saturday and Sunday). 

Volunteers Needed:  Approximately 40 people per shift.  Volunteers range in age from 12 to 80.

Volunteer Positions:  Volunteers lead games, organize craft stations, help children win prizes, take tickets, sell pumpkins, and other duties. Early shift helps set up and late shift helps clean up.

If you would like more information about this event or about event sponsorship, or if you would like to find out how you can participate as a vendor or volunteer, call 713.667.6550 and ask for Anne.

Pumpkins cover the front circle lawn

The Tubs-of-Fun ride is wildly popular with kids of all ages!

Vendors sell crafts, toys, jewelry and more.

Kids play festival games like bean bag toss

Kids love the devil's rope bridge.

 Little artists decorate toombstones.



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