Pumpkinpatch & Activity in Glendale (Phoenix area), Arizona: Tolmachoff Farms
By: Nicolle Bryant
Posted: Oct 11th, 2011
My family and I were recently given the opportunity visit a Farm that we had not been to yet…Tolmachoff Farms. They are a unique four generation family farm operated in Glendale, Arizona. They grow a large variety of produce and strive to provide the ultimate in fresh produce straight from the field to your table. They just so happen to be a few minutes away from my sister, so we were able to visit with her family afterwards.
Admission is $8 a person, ages 2 and up. It includes: a petting zoo, some play areas & a playground, a bounce house (only available during weekends) and a maze. Parking is FREE! There is also a train ride for $2 and a pony ride for $5, on weekends only. If you want to shoot some tomatoes, you get to shoot 3 for a $1 AND if you hit one of the circles in the field, you win a free t-shirt. We saved this activity for the later and both my kids had the opportunity to try 3 times each. My son, with my help, hit a circle twice and got 2 t-shirts. He lovingly shared with his sister.
As soon as you enter, there is wagon’s available for your use (I did not know this until I saw everyone grabbing one…maybe next time.). We started on the left of the farm and worked our way around.
My daughter happily rode Peewee the Pony. While my son is still at the age where he likes pointing out what the animal is, but the closer he gets, he gets freaked out. Needless to say, I could not convince him to ride the pony. More times for my daughter! She rode him twice
After the pony ride, my kids opted to skip over the box of dried corn kernels to play in and darted straight for the duck races. There are old-fashioned water hand cranks to get your duck to swim to the other end. It is a great activity that the kids loved and I enjoyed it because I really didn’t feel like I was in the city at this point. There were black & white cow print painted tunnels to play in, a watermelon wooden house to go in and out of, and a VERY cool slide that my son especially enjoyed. A petting zoo with plenty of animals, including goats with feed available in a ‘gumball machine’ for purchase. Some haystacks with a giant pumpkin, made for a great photo opportunity – however my kids just weren’t cooperating and this mama was getting really hot. We are in Arizona and oh, it was about a little under a 100 degrees out…no biggie But my goal was to keep trucking for my kiddies!
While waiting for the Ladybug train, we decided to head off to the Bouncy House and play in another box of dried corn kernels. We were surprised by some very cute and thoughtful Piggies Houses, one made of straw, one made of bricks and another made of sticks. They were absolutely adorable and one of a kind! However, I think the BEST attraction of them all at Tolmachoff…was the Bouncy House. The kids didn’t want to leave and stayed there the most. We actually went back at the end of the day when we were waiting for our pumpkins to dry.
Once the kids were done with the Bouncy House and other activities, we stopped and grabbed a few cold drinks and some Kettle Corn. They had nachos, sno cones, ice cream and a few other items available for purchase. It is was fairly inexpensive compared to other Farms and Themed parks we’ve visited. The bottles of water & capri sun’s were only a $1.
After cooling off for a bit, we headed to get our turn on the Ladybug Train. They must have enjoyed it, because they rode it twice – once after our snack and towards the end of our stay. We went back and played on the slide, raced our ducks and played in more dried corn kernels, rode the pony again and finally went to pick our pumpkins as a souvenir. That’s all the kids could ask about as soon as we entered, was painting their pumpkins. I really appreciated that the staff marked the bottom of each pumpkin, so you knew how much it was going to cost you. I had the kids get little ones, as I didn’t have much cash on me. Have no fear, they also accept Visa and MasterCard - which I ended up using anyways for the pumpkins. For both pumpkins the total was $3.50…not bad considering they also got to paint them! As we were leaving I noticed their canned goods and other items. I wished I had picked up some pickles…I’m a sucker for pickles.
All in all we had a great day. Even though I felt it was a little smaller, we still had plenty to do and not too much walking to get to each activity, but it was nicely laid out. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the nice little ride it took to get there…maybe 20 minutes for us. We didn’t get to the corn maze, but hope to visit the farm again and tackle that activity along with grinding feed to feed the chickens.
I was able to participate in this Pumpkin Patch activity my family as a member of US Family Guide, to write my review. I was provided complementary admission for my family of 4, pony rides, train rides and tomato shots. I have NOT been compensated in any other way. This post was written with MY opinion ONLY. Thank you!