We recently discovered the most amazing little gem in Ottawa’s east end called Proulx Farm– I found it on a Facebook page I frequently visit called Embracing Ottawa. Every Friday, they list all the fun activities for kids that are going on in the city, it’s my go-to! Every week I look forward to the list of weekend activities ahead. I had never heard of Proulx Farm before, but saw they were hosting a Pumpkinfest, and to my delight, saw a list of all sorts of activities that I knew the kids would enjoy!
Proulx Farm is located in Cumberland, just east of Ottawa past Orleans, and they operate almost year round with maple activities running mid-February to end of April, strawberry picking mid-June to mid-July, raspberry picking early July to mid-August and Pumpkinfest running from mid-September until Halloween. They also have scary nighttime Halloween activities called sKreamers!
Even though it was very busy, there was plenty of free parking which is always a bonus! The kids loved the characters that are lined up impressively built out of bales of hay. So cute to see that these were created all over the farm in friendly and spooky themes.
You pay admission as soon as you enter and they give you a wrist band which you’ll need to show if you want to get on one of the wagon rides. I thought admission was quite reasonable considering all the activities that they had to offer. When we got in the first thing we did was play in the first little playground area where they have some small structures with swings, and slides. There’s also a little sand pit with tons of Tonka trucks, but we were only there for a hot minute before Jax spotted the bouncy castle and sprinted towards it. The boys loved jumping around and when time was up, it was time to explore more of the farm!
To our excitement, there was a whole new play area with huge slides (and TONS of them)! Lots of hay structures to climb and jump off of as well. When we were finished with this area we made sure to be on time for the magic show. While we waited for it to start, we grabbed some food from their food truck. Little tip: they only take cash but they do take all methods of payment at the entrance. Jax devoured his bacon grilled cheese while watching the show, and Hudson naturally had french fries.
The magician was really engaging and the kids loved him. He ended up doing balloon animals for a bunch of the kids after the show, and that’s when we decided to take the wagon ride! What we loved about this wagon ride, is that there were tons of scenes to look at along the way, and you can tell they put a lot of work into this. They offer two drop offs, one at the mildly scary haunted house and then the second at the pumpkin patch.
When we got off at the haunted house, there was a cotton candy treat! We hoped back onto the wagon ride to go into the pumpkin patch, we didn’t need to buy anymore but the kids loved frolicking and sitting on all the pumpkins.
We missed a few things, so we will definitely go back for face painting, Go Pedal tricycle bikes, John Deere tricycles, mazes AND the petting farm. Next time we must make a full day of it because there is SO MUCH to do! Check out their website at http://proulxfarm.com for more information! Happy Halloween, everyone!