Thank You Will Have To Do

papa's log jam paintingThere is a wonderful saying that expresses our feelings best this evening after being one of the host sites for the Missouri Slope United Day of Caring. It goes like this: “Until we reside in a place where gratitude is better expressed, THANK YOU will have to do.”

Today, 74 volunteers from the Bismarck-Mandan area joined with the Papa’s Pumpkin Patch team to tackle 20 different projects. We built party tents, painted roof tops, sealed new play structures, repaired a bridge on the Nature Trail, built an amazing sand box, cleaned and positioned an awesome Tire Park, got creative with a new Pedal Park race track, and that’s just the start. WOW!

With all of these willing hands and hearts, we were able to accomplish what Papa can only dream about for visitors this fall. We are touched and grateful beyond words for the community support we receive from events like the United Day of Caring. And we are most excited for our 2014 season so we will be able to give back to the community in some measure the joy and energy you have shared with us.

Indeed, until we reach a place where gratitude is better expressed, THANK YOU will have to do!


The Countdown Begins: 35 Days Until Papa’s Opens!

Give Papa a few cooler mornings and evenings, and he starts to feel Fall, think Fall and get excited for Papa’s Pumpkin Patch! Just think: 35 days — 5 weeks from today — at noon — Papa’s will be open for the 2014 season.

baby bear turning color 081012We’ve been visiting with our growers, and all of the crops look good this year. The pumpkins have set well and the smaller varieties are starting to turn. The rain these last several days is wonderful for the corn maze, and the oats for straw bales big and small is turning golden.

During the next few weeks before we open, Papa and the family will be finishing up new attractions for the season. This week, we are grateful to be one of 30+ projects for the United Day of Caring. We will welcome a team of 75 volunteers on Wednesday, Aug. 13, and they will be working on some very cool stuff.

We’d never wish time to pass quickly so we hope you’ll enjoy every minute of summer that remains. And as soon as school kicks back into gear, we look forward to welcoming you at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch.

See you soon!



CANDISC Is Coming to Papa’s!

CANDISCThursday, Aug. 7 marks a first for Papa’s Pumpkin Patch. We will host about 200 people from across the country who are Cycling Around North Dakota In Sakakawea Country — also known as CANDISC.

The event has been going on for years, and Papa’s is fortunate to be the sixth stop on this year’s route of nearly 450 miles. Cyclists of all ages will travel from Linton, ND, nearly 70 miles to Papa’s on Thursday; spend the night with us; and then head out to their final stop in Mercer, ND, before returning to Garrison on Saturday.

pumpkin and patch plus one pumpkinWe’ve been doing some early-season setup to welcome the cyclists, including putting Pumpkin and Patch — our wonderfully painted satellite dishes — out to welcome everyone. There’s nothing like the life-sized painting of an 1,800-pound pumpkin in your back yard to remind you fall is right around the corner!

Take good care and enjoy the last few weeks of summer in style.


Go BIG or Go Home!

pile of BA tiresHave you heard the saying, “Go Big or Go Home?” Well, Papa’s going BIG this time with some help from our new-found friends at North American Coal’s Falkirk Mine. It took a semi to bring these babies back to Papa, but boy are they gonna to be some kind of fun!

It all started last Spring when some of the family were dreaming about new ideas for attractions at Papa’s. The question was asked, “Well, what have we got for resources that we can recycle?” If you’ve been to Papa’s, you know we re-use or recycle most everything…from straw bales to big ‘ole cottonwood logs.

As we got to thinking, someone offered the area power plants as an idea, and what about their old tires? One thing led to another, and today, Papa is the proud owner of 20 brand-new-to-us, bigger-than-you’d-ever-think tires. Seriously. They are substantial.

BA tireA new tire park to play in, on, around and through is just one of the cool additions we have planned for Papa’s Pumpkin Patch this fall. Papa says thanks to the guys at Falkirk Mine for making it possible.

We’ll preview some of our other exciting additions as we countdown to Papa’s opening on Sunday, Sept. 14.

Take good care,


Weekend Parties at Papa’s Are the Best!

Erin with balloonsPlanning a fall birthday party or family gathering and want a great outdoor location loaded with fun? Papa’s weekend scheduler is ready to help you plan the perfect event.

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 18, you can reserve a party shelter for 10-30 people at Papa’s. To learn more about hosting your party at Papa’s, you can check our Field Trips, Parties, Events page at You can also email Erin at with questions or to reserve your space.

Curious what others have said about their birthday party at Papa’s. Check out this review on TripAdvisor. It’s entitled, “Best Birthday Party I’ve Ever Been To…Like EVER! – 10-year-old boy”

We have multiple shelters available and during the week; we even have indoor options that accommodate groups of 80-100. We can also bring multiple party areas together to accommodate groups of most any size. For larger corporate events, contact Tracy at or 701-527-3725.

We look forward to seeing you at Papa’s!