Vala’s Pumpkin Patch offers fun for all ages

Vala's Pumpkin Patch Omaha

Looking for the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown?

Well, you won’t find him at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch. But, you will find tons of fun, gobs of food and, yes, pumpkins.

Vala’s, sits between Omaha and Gretna on 180th Street just south of Highway 370. The nearly 30-year-old pumpkin farm kicked off its 2013 fall season Sept. 19th. The pumpkin patch will open just past Halloween.

Vala's Pumpkin Patch Omaha

Thousands of people flock to the pumpkin patch. The Omaha area has several other pumpkin patches, but Vala’s seems to do it bigger and better annually.

The neat thing about Vala’s is that it caters to all types of folks. Of course, its primary clientele is families with small children. However, there are attractions for everyone – from toddlers to teens to older people without children. It could be a fun date night place.

Vala's Pumpkin Patch Omaha

Our family falls into the last group. Our children are adults. So, Lisa and I usually enjoy spending time there with nieces and nephews, who fit the younger demographics of Vala’s. However, on our first trip to Vala’s this season, our eldest daughter joined us. Our younger daughter plans a trip this season with a couple of friends, as well.

As I mentioned earlier, Vala’s offers tons of fun for people. There are rides geared for young kids, such as the corn stalk cars. These are small push cars that kids 8 and younger can sit in and scoot around.

Vala's Pumpkin Patch Omaha A fairy tale trail welcomes families to check out some of the tales – Hansel and Gretel at the witch’s house, Humpty Dumpty and Hickory Dickory Dock. Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage offers people the chance to pose for pictures. Vala's Pumpkin Patch Omaha



























Since we didn’t have small children with us, we focused on the other attractions.

Vala's Pumpkin Patch Omaha

Near the entrance is a skeleton in a broken down truck. Scary!!!!!

Glow Golf at Vala's Pumpkin PatchThe three of us enjoyed a round of miniature golf in the Graveyard Golf course. The attraction is pretty nice. There are several putting holes for people to try out. It’s set up as a glow-in-the-dark golf. Skulls line the wall, along with other scary items. Glow Golf at Vala's Pumpkin Patch

Who doesn’t love a good pig race? We watched three races, with competitors bearing names such as Grunter Hayes, Miranda Hambert, Pig Skywalker and Obe Won Pignobe. A new addition was a duck race, featuring a duck named Duck Rogers. Love the take on the celebrity and character names.

Vala's Pumpkin Patch

A family favorite is the hayrack ride. Our daughter really looked forward to it. It was different this trip, as we went farther into the pumpkin patch. The farm has about 55 acres set aside for raising pumpkins, so apparently they took us about as far out as we could go.

Vala's Pumpkin Patch

Not everyone got off the wagon when we arrived at the pumpkin patch. Some folks just wanted to take the ride. We walked around, looking at the different sizes of pumpkins. None of us was ready to get a pumpkin this early in the season. We’ll get some closer to Halloween.

Maze at Vala's Pumpkin Patch After the hayrack ride, we headed to the corn maze. That was fun! We usually go to Vala’s later in the season, so a lot of the corn stalks have dried and fallen over. This time, we had plenty of corn stalks to roam through.

Corn maze at Vala's Pumpkin Patch

We visited the haunted house. It is aimed at scaring young children, but it was still fun to go through. The characters and attractions inside the house are fun to see. It’s great to hear the screams and shrieks of kids when they see these things.

Haunted House at Vala's Pumpkin Patch

Outside the haunted house is a haunted trail. Headstones have humorous names, such as “Trust Me.”

We checked out the pumpkin-smashing dragon. The host leads a sketch with a comic exchange between her and dragon. It ends with the dragon being fed some pumpkins and smashing them on a tree stump.

Pumpkin Smashing Dragon in Vala's Pumpkin Patch

A family favorite are the petting corrals located throughout the farm. The corrals have sheep and goats. The petting zoo has goats, a steer, and other animals. Goat at Vala's Pumpkin Patch

As for food and treats, there are a plenty! There are food concession stands located throughout the pumpkin patch. A variety of lunch and dinner items are available.

Fall treats at Vala's Pumpkin Patch Snacks and sweets run amok at Vala’s. Apple cider donuts were our guilty pleasure. Kettle corn is available. Dessert items, such as pumpkin cake, cupcakes and other sweets line a counter at the bakery in the pumpkin weighing station (the main building for exit).

In addition to the main farm area, there are fee-based attractions, including the Pumpkin Creek Train Ride, pony rides, and candle making.

The pumpkin patch has spots available for campfires. Families and some businesses will have cookouts at Vala’s.

Vala’s works to keeps its position as the top pumpkin patch in the Metro area by improving existing attractions, as well as adding new ones. New this year are the Big Slide and Black Lite Haunted Paintball Shoot. Vala's Pumpkin Patch

The pumpkin patch has added new party barns available for rent for group functions.

As the fall season kicks in and you are looking for a fun thing to do or a neat place to go, head out to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch. You’ll have a great time.

For a full list of things to do at Vala’s, check out the website at

Vala's Pumpkin Patch

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  1. Vala’s has so much to offer for all ages! We love the family-size pedal cars, Glow Golf, and pig races. Excited to go again soon to venture in the Corn Maze and go on the Hayrack Ride! Thanks for sharing about your visit with your family!

  2. Wow, how neat! I love that they have night time activities. Our pumpkin patch here is smaller but such a blast. They have a huge corn maze, air filled bouncy deal plus the hay ride and pumpkin patch. Fall is here! 🙂

    • Fall is definitely here. We mostly have ever ventured out to this pumpkin patch but we definitely have others in this area. We are actually going to another one, Bellevue Berry Farm, in the middle of October and excited to check that one out.

  3. Wow! Do they ever have a lot to offer. Sounds fantastic.

  4. We spend half our time with the goats and the bunny area when we visit Vala’s, so we have yet to make it to a pig race. The other half the time is riding the train and watching the train. I’m thinking we’ve been missing out on a lot!

  5. Love the recap of Vala’s esp all the different POVs! We are excited to go again this year now that Cruz is a toddler and can experience more, even though we all loved it last year!

    Great meeting you the other day – looking forward to more Omaha Blogger meet-ups!

    • It was great to meet you too Katie. I realized when going through Vala’s this time around that you don’t have to be a kid or have kids to enjoy Vala’s. Especially with the hayrack ride, the glow golf and the food at a minimum definitely appeals to older crowds as well.

  6. Thanks for the great info on Valas.

  7. It’s really cool to see all the things they have at Vala’s for adults. I didn’t realize. We don’t have kids so I’ve never been there, but now I’m thinking it might be worth the stop. 🙂

    • Thanks Bolton. There are quite a few things aimed at kids. However, there are plenty that are good for all ages. We consider ourselves big kids anyway, so almost everything was in our age range 🙂

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