Papa’s Got a Christmas Idea for You!

single family passChristmas is less than two weeks away, and if you need a unique gift idea, why not consider a 2015 Family Pass to Papa’s Pumpkin Patch?

That’s right. If you know a family or have friends who like to visit Papa’s as often as they can during the fall, then a Family Pass could make a perfect gift. You can get Papa’s Family Pass for up to 10 people in the family. The cost for a Family Pass at Papa’s is $10 per person. Currently, a single admission to Papa’s Pumpkin Patch is $4/person so if you visit Papa’s more than twice in one season, you are saving money with a Family Pass.

If you’d like a Papa’s Family Pass for your Christmas gift, simply send Papa an email at or call him at 701-222-1521.

Take good care,


Planning to Play at Papa’s? Schedule Now and Save $$$!

fireplacePapa plans to open his Polar Patch in just over two weeks! From Friday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 4, Papa and the family hope you’ll plan a visit between 12 and 5 pm daily for some great outdoor play. The big red barn becomes a warming house, and outside you’ll find horse-drawn sleigh rides, old-fashioned sled rides, zip lines and more!

Papa loves to have visitors, and sometimes guests want to visit in groups. Here’s a cool deal: if you round up nine of your friends and family (so a total of 10 or more people in your group), contact Papa’s ahead of time and book your group visit. Then you will receive three tickets with each admission of $5/person! (Admission for Papa’s Polar Patch is regularly $5/person and each admission receives two tickets to use while at Papa’s.)

Think about it: if you are the “Johnson” group and you book your visit in advance, then when you and the rest of your Johnson group arrives at Papa’s Polar Patch, you will pay $50 for the entire group ($5/person) and get 30 tickets to use for sled rides, sleigh rides or concessions! That’s a $30 value!!

If you want to book a group visit to Papa’s Polar Patch and get extra tickets as a bonus, contact Tracy at

We hope to see you soon!


One Month from Today Papa’s Polar Patch Opens!

boy on blue sled lowSometimes it’s fun to have a countdown. Papa especially likes them when it means we are getting closer to welcoming guests to the pumpkin patch or, in this case, Papa’s Polar Patch. So here it is: One Month from Today, on Dec. 26, Papa Plans to Open His Polar Patch for You!

And today would be a perfect opening day. Fresh snow all around, temps into the 20s and sunshine. It’s a perfect winter wonderland day, and we are hoping for 10 straight days just like this beginning with Dec. 26.

Papa plans to have his polar patch open from Friday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 4 from 12-5 pm daily. Admission is $5/person and this includes two $1 tickets that you can use for horse-drawn sleigh rides, old-fashioned sled rides or concessions.
horse drawn sleighIn addition to sleigh rides and sled rides, you’ll find other fun outdoor activities waiting for you and the family at Papa’s. We plan to have zip lines (free), the log jam, Papa’sville, a bonfire for roasting s’mores and marshmallows, slide mountain, a straw pit, a bale castle and hopefully, a huge snow hill and Papa’s Pedal Carts.

If you have a group of 10 or more people coming to play at Papa’s be sure you check our our special group rate. When you schedule your visit to Papa’s for 10 or more people, then you and everyone in your group get three $1 tickets to use at Papa’s for the $5/person admission.

Papa’s counting down the days until Dec. 26. There are 28 of them right now, and they will pass quickly in the midst of the holidays!

See you soon,


Papa’s Polar Patch Is a Go!

IMG_4855Sometimes you need to take a leap of faith, and this is one of those times. Papa has decided to open his Polar Patch on Friday, December 26 at 12 noon, even though there isn’t enough snow on the ground today.

You see, we’ve learned over time that while we live in North Dakota, we may or may not have enough snow for a polar patch. This year, Papa’s willing to bet we will get some more of the white stuff before Christmas!

We plan to be open daily from 12-5 pm for Papa’s Polar Patch beginning Friday, Dec. 26 and going through Sunday, Jan. 4. Weather is always a challenge during the polar patch so please, check Papa’s website or his Facebook page before you plan to visit us. In general, we follow school guidelines: if the temperature is below zero or the wind chill is -15 or lower, Papa’s Polar Patch is closed.

We wish you a wonderful holiday season, and we hope to see you at Papa’s Polar Patch!

Take good care,


Papa’s Pumpkin Patch Is Closed for the Season

Jo's small wagon loIt’s been an amazing season at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, and we have you to thank. We’ve welcomed record numbers of guests, from the general public to class field trips to corporate events and birthday parties. USA Today named Papa’s one of the “Coolest Pumpkin Patches in the Country,” and one friend of the family said she even saw a picture of Papa’s Pumpkin Patch in the Copenhagen, Denmark newspaper while she was traveling!

Most importantly, you made our 2014 season one that Mrs. P throughly enjoyed and reveled in during her last weeks with us. She couldn’t have been more pleased to know she was a part of something so wonderful. She would simply smile or shake her head in wonder each time we would tell her about how a guest paid it forward for someone else or how well everything was going, even in the midst of several thousand visitors.

It’s true. The 2014 was amazing. In the coming days, Papa will continue to share some of the very cool stories that we got to witness or play a role in. Hopefully, they bring a smile to your face, too.

Thank you,

Papa and the family