Fall is a special time of year in Grand Junction, Colorado - especially for the kiddos. Offering a variety of fall-themed activities like pumpkin patches and hayride to a corn maze and Spooktacular, there is something for every age group. As an added bonus, the weather in Grand Junction stays relatively warm and sunny, so the whole family can enjoy multiple activities together outdoors. Here are some top events and activities to celebrate fall in Grand Junction.
Studt’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
From October 1 - October 31, celebrate fall with nostalgic farm fun that are just as fun for kids today as it was 50 years ago. Whiz down slides with your kids on the hay bale mountain together on a burlap sack – or race them to the bottom separately! Studt’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze has 12 acres of numerous pumpkin varieties you’re sure to find the exact pumpkins you’re looking for, whether it’s for Thanksgiving, fall decorating or carving for your jack-o-lantern display. In addition, you can challenge your wits in the 16-acre corn maze that’s famous across Colorado. There is also a smaller maze that is easier for the little ones. Oh, and don’t forget the giant bouncy pumpkin, built into the ground, that is absolutely enormous. Stop by the petting zoo, take a pony ride or hayride, watch pig races, hop on the barrel train ride and race pedal cars. There is plenty of food at the concessions, including many from-scratch items made by Studt’s Farm. It’s super affordable and was listed as one of the best pumpkin patches in the country, so buy your tickets now!
Moon Farm Petting Zoo & Pumpkin Patch
Open September 26 - October 31, Moon Farm Petting Zoo & Pumpkin Patch offers a spookier version of the traditional pumpkin festival. While it still offers fall favorites like a pumpkin patch and petting zoo, it also promises thrill-lovers a haunted corn maze, a haunted castle and a creepy clown house.
Visit Western Colorado Botanical Gardens for a celebration of fall, artistic skill and Halloween on Oct. 28, 29 and 30. This unique fall activity will fascinate both kids and adults. Part art show, part spoooky spectacular, this event showcases illuminated pumpkin carvings by talented artists. One who was made famous on Food Network’s “Outrageous Pumpkins.” Willy Tuz, the owner of Colorado Fruit Designs in the Mesa Mall, Grand Junction, has been playing with food for years and last year he got to do it on network television. See him and other talented carvers in person at Harvest Illuminated. Trust us, you will be inspired to carve your own jack-o-lantern after attending this fun event.
Photo: Downtown Grand Junction
Can you really say it’s the fall season without trick or treating? Put on your costumes and bring your kiddos to Downtown Spooktacular on Main Street in Downtown Grand Junction. Starting at 3:00 pm and going to 5:00 pm on October 23rd. There will also be fun activities, performances, and games for the little rascals to play. So, grab your pumpkin baskets and get to treating.
Photo: Graff Dairy
Regardless of what fall kids’ activities in Grand Junction you ultimately decide on, you’ll want to wrap up the fun with a visit to Graff Dairy, a Grand Junction fixture for over 50 years and a nod to classic Americana. There’s something about notalgia and sweet treats that takes you down memory lane. The staff invents new flavor specials each week for ice cream sundaes, milkshakes, and other treats. For those looking to warm your belly, Graff has specialty coffee drinks, espresso, chai tea, and for the best of both worlds, coffee and ice cream! Indulge with extra whipped cream, but just remember to wipe (or lick) the evidence off your nose. Click here for more autumn inspired drinks in the Grand Junction area.
Grand Junction also has 38 hotel and motel options offering affordable rates ranging from $75 - $150/night, on average and numerous vacation homes to choose from. Grand Junction is the perfect vacation basecamp for fall kids’ activities in Grand Junction, so make plans now before winter arrives!
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