I had a Saturday free and was wondering what to do on an afternoon with two little animal loving kiddos. We needed pumpkins for our annual decorating event and stumbled upon a pumpkin patch at our local Humane Society in Tampa.
Its been years since I rescued my last animal so I hadn’t visited in a while. Wow! Things have changed. They had areas for the kids to interact with rabbits and cats. A great way to consider a future pet without total commitment up front. There were also areas to enjoy time with a potential future dog but since we were not into adoption today, we didn’t want to become too excited.
After many animal encounters it was on to the pumpkin patch! It was adorable! They had plain pumpkins for sale as well as decorated ones by volunteers. The talent and creativity blew me away. If only I could take all of them home. But that would lead to an awful lot of pie. How could one resist a pack of donuts or a puppy pumpkin? The 6 year old will talk about his love of the puppy to anyone who will listen.
The kids learned about adoption and responsibility for taking care of animals. They also got to talk to other families about their animals as they visited and took photos. I’m thankful for what the Tampa Humane Society does for the furry friends in our community and was happy to support their efforts.
This was such a great unplanned experience. I encourage you to try out your local offerings of fall activities. While it was a small event, it was not to be underestimated. We had a very enjoyable 2 hours! We are very much looking forward to others in the future.
Written by About a Mom contributor, Sarah. Sarah is 34, married to her true prince, and a loving Aunt to 3 amazing kiddos 2, 4, and 6. Her days are spent with family and friends, traveling, cooking, her pets, or gardening. There’s also the occasional sci-fi celebration that brightens her life.