The pop-up pumpkin patch at YMCA-Simon Meadows in Temescal Gateway Park is one of my favorite pumpkin patches on the Westside. I first visited this quaint patch when my son was about eight months old and had a field day taking beautiful fall baby photos of him. We return yearly to take family photos and purchase pumpkins here, and we sometimes even manage to squeeze in a quick family picnic and hike through the canyon trails.
This time around, we decided to invite two other families to join our yearly pumpkin ritual. What a treat it was this time around because the large trees surrounding the pumpkin patches have been Yarn Bombed by local artists!
Although these pumpkins are not actually grown here at Simon Meadows, they are brought into Pacific Palisades from the local farming communities located just north of our Santa Monica Mountains. Look at the varying sizes of these pumpkins!
Although the tire swing that once lived on one of the larger trees no longer exists, the fine folks at YMCA managed to squeeze in a few free treats for the kiddies while discerning pumpkin customers decide on which pumpkin to take home. Games galore!
We finally manage to take our yearly family photo before heading off to do our group hike.
What’s your favorite Southern California fall outing?
YMCA/Simon Meadows at Temescal Gateway Park
15601 Sunset Boulevard
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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