October 2017

Fall Activities for Toddlers in Tampa Bay

by Meghann on October 27, 2017

Fall has made its way to Central Florida (sort of) and with it comes a full lineup of seasonally-themed things to see and do in the Tampa Bay area. While I’ve always loved this time of year and the festivities it brings, it’s even better now that we have a toddler to share it with. Scratch that. It’s even better now that I can fully appreciate the toddler-friendly activities that keep us entertained and out of the house this time of year. Three cheers for that!

Here’s a list of our favorite toddler-friendly Fall activities in Tampa Bay thus far. I really appreciate that these are all local and don’t require a full day of commitment. We were able to get out of the house and have some fun, while still fitting in regular scheduled naps. A win-win!

Sweetfield Farms

Sweetfield Farms is a hidden gem in Brooksfield, about 30 minutes north of Tampa. It’s an interactive pumpkin patch with hayrides, a corn maze, games, animals, things to climb on, and more. We first visited Sweetfield Farms on a whim two years ago, when Annalynn was just 3 weeks old. My sister and her family were in town and I had a severe case of cabin fever and needed to get out of the house. I googled “fall things to do in Tampa” and Sweetfield Farms was one of the first things that popped up – it was an instant hit!

This year we were able to visit Sweetfield Farms during their opening weekend and had 4 toddlers in tow. It was an even bigger hit this time around. Annalynn had a blast chasing her cousins around, climbing on the haystacks, and testing her skills at the various games and activities around the farm. She was even able to achieve her lifelong dream of riding a pony.

 

If you’re in the Tampa area, I’d say it’s 100% worth of the drive. I’d also recommend getting there early as they tend to reach capacity pretty early on the weekends. The last time we went, my sister arrived about 10 minutes after they opened and was directed to a waiting lot until a space in the main parking lot opened. The closer it gets to Halloween, the crazier it gets.

Seal Swim School Fall Festival

Seal Swim School hosts an annual pumpkin patch every October right in front of their building. It’s a great low-key pumpkin patch with an adorable photo backdrop and plenty of shade. All proceeds benefit the school’s special needs program.

This year we were able to attend Seal Swim School’s Fall Festival, which takes place the second weekend in October. It’s a free event that features pumpkin painting, a bounce house, face painting, music, games, treats, and more. Annalynn loved it and they did a great job keeping the event simple and entertaining.

Hyde Park Pumpkin Patch

We haven’t had a chance to visit the Hyde Park Pumpkin Patch this year, but we enjoyed it last year.

What’s great about this pumpkin patch is its location right in the center of the resurging Hyde Park area. Last year we turned it into a half-day adventure and were able to grab lunch at Goody-Goody and walk the shops after seeing the pumpkins. The pumpkin patch itself is a little small and can get crowded on the weekends, but otherwise it’s still a great area to explore and take some fall-themed family photos.

Riverwalk Trick or Treat

Riverwalk Trick or Treat is this coming weekend and I’m crossing my fingers it doesn’t rain so we can truly enjoy it. The festivities start at 4pm at Curtis Hixon Park and consists of 38 treat/candy stations along the Riverwalk. The event concludes with an Halloween-themed movie at the park.

Of course, there’s always traditional trick-or-treating on Halloween, which we’re looking forward to taking Annalynn again this year. A lot of our neighbors have gone all out with decorations this year so it should be a good one! 🙂

What’s your favorite fall activity?

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