Bellaire’s Nature Discovery Center, 7112 Newcastle Dr., will host its annual Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15-16.
The grounds of Russ Pitman Park will be filled with a photo opp-friendly selection of pumpkins along with educational festival fun, including carnival games and inflatables, nature activities, animal encounters, and vendors offering natural and nature-themed goods. Youngsters can also earn prize stamps in passports for completing games and activities, which can then be exchanged for nature-themed prizes.
With support from major sponsor H-E-B, the festival’s pumpkin patch will offer more than 12,000 pounds of pumpkins, including heirloom varieties that will provided an extra-colorful backdrop for photos. Ticket tents will also offer photo vouchers for an on-site professional photographer for fall themed photo sessions for youngsters and families.
The popular no-carve pumpkin decorating kits assembled by center volunteers will be offered for sale at the pumpkin tent.
Admission to the festival is free, with tickets required for games and activities, and pumpkins sold for cash or credit. Pumpkin Passes (30 tickets for $20) and Petite Passes (seven tickets for $5) will be sold at the north and south end ticket tents for cash or credit.
Food will be plentiful, with concessions at the ticket tents and vendors in the park, including Lemonade Day, New Orleans Style Sno-Balls, coffee and donuts from Hugs and Donuts, and hot dogs, cotton candy and more from Camila’s Party Rental.
Food trucks will also be parked in the park’s south lot, accessed from Evergreen Street, including Moon Roster and Ashy Legs BBQ on both days.
Parking is available on surrounding trees, and at the Bellaire United Methodist Church lots at Bellaire Boulevard and Newcastle Drive throughout the event on Saturday and following Sunday church services. There are also bicycle racks at the Nature Center.
For more information, visit www.naturediscoverycenter.org/event/pumpkin-patch.