Pumpkinland 2016 goes on from September 17 to October 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The first time I visited the place, it was for strawberry picking with my toddler. He was overjoyed by the pure delight of squishing a juicy berry with the "power" of his small hand. Years later, as I was driving by Whittamore's Farm, their frozen yogurt sign caught my ever-hungry son's attention. I was happy we made that stop! Not only was the yogurt delicious, the farm's market was well stocked with preserves, gift-ware and baked goods and it had a nice playground. That was then.
Now, "nice" would not even come close! It has become one of the best fun farms in the GTA. When I visited it again during their 2015 Pumpkinland event, there was a sea of cars next to a sea of pumpkins in the field. But don't let this scare you. There was still lots of room to run from one activity to the next in the large Fun Farm Yard. Click here to visit the photo gallery of my last visit.
During Pumpkinland, they add a corn maze, a Spookey Forest, a pumpkin bouncer and the famous Pumpkin Cannon Show to the rest of the fun activities we can normally enjoy in the Fun Farm Yard: sandbox with big tractor and small trucks, playground with tractor tires and horse swings made out of tires, barn bouncer, a few farm animals, pedal tractor track, wagon rides, spider climb and a real tree fort! My favourites are the Strawberry hill with a slide, the jumbo jumping pillows (the largest bouncing structures I've seen in the GTA), and the funny animated singing chicken show (funny animatronic chicken doing lip sync). There are lots of photo ops all around the site: wooden milking cow, the cow and calf bench and cut-outs peppered around the site. For an additional $2, you can buy a rubber chick (which you keep) and engage in duckie races as long as you want in a cool booth where players need to vigorously activate antique water pumps to provide water for their duck swimming down a gentle slope. It's a riot!
(NOTE: In the summer, you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries, green peas, snow peas, sugar snap peas, green and yellow beans, beets and potatoes.)