At TG Farms Pumpkin Patch, autumn’s shifting breezes not only herald a fresh crop of gourds, but also the start of the farm’s annual festivities. From morning until nightfall, families traipse through the patch in search of a pumpkin that will transform into their dream jack-o’-lantern or a car for their children to take to college, and navigate the twists and turns of a massive corn maze. On a calm pond, ducks await generous handfuls of feed, and a petting zoo lets wee ones commune with calves and goats. Back under a roof, the gift shop hosts decorative gourds, straw bales, and other fall decor.
Although autumn is the season when activity reaches a fever pitch, TG Farms is open to outdoor enthusiasts year-round. In spring, visitors learn how crops grow in the fields and flowers bloom in greenhouses. When the sun strengthens into summer, farmers peddle homegrown tomatoes and juicy watermelon. And in winter, when the last leaves have frozen over, families can pick out a fresh-cut Christmas tree or collect a jar of fresh snowman tears.
Learn To Brew was created by a professional brewer in an effort to provide patrons with a one-stop-shop for supplies, hands-on classes, and how-to videos for crafting beer and wine. In addition to taps and kegerators for homes or businesses, staff members stock ingredients such as hops, malts, and yeasts. In their classes, they cover everything from balancing acids for wine to fermenting honey for mead.
K.C. Lynn's is owned by Moore native Ken Spence, who fills cacao- and caffeine-fueled tummy tanks with handcrafted candies and fresh-roasted coffee drinks. Step up to the chocolate case to ogle hand-rolled truffles made with quality imported chocolate and available in flavors such as raspberry, turtle caramel, and peanut butter ($2). Or send a sweet tooth swooning by locking lips around white-chocolate pumpkin-pie bonbons ($1), hand-dipped chocolate strawberries ($1.50), or crunchy vanilla-macadamia-nut brittle ($1 per oz.). Those morally opposed to chewing can melt under the indulgent influence of a cup of hot cocoa ($2.75) or mellow over a smooth percolated potation such as a latte ($3.25) or white mocha ($3.50) prepared using small batches of freshly roasted coffee beans. Guests already overstimulated from debates about how the dinosaurs went extinct, or those who just don't like coffee, can opt to cool tempers with a refreshing iced tea ($1.50) or a fresh-fruit smoothie made with low-fat, probiotic-rich yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, and bananas ($3.75).
Game Time Inflatables fills its 3,000 square-foot, indoor playground with cushy tunnels, a plush slide, and a castle-themed bounce house, letting kids of all ages literally bounce off the walls. After a long day of caroming through the inflated jungle gym or bounding over plush, pint-sized partitions, tykes and their parents can rest weary legs at the indoor picnic tables. Check the schedule for upcoming open play hours.
The Orange Leaf frozen-yogurt enterprise boasts nearly 200 locations, cooling tongues everywhere from Mississippi to Australia. At each colorful shop, customers have total control over their cups, first selecting a combination of yogurt flavors from dozens of low-calorie options and then swinging by the toppings bar to pile on pieces of fruit, sprinkles of granola, crumbles of brownie, or an entire family of gummy bears. Yogurt flavors range from pineapple, chocolate, and no-sugar-added vanilla, to more complex blends, such as strawberry cheesecake and Oreo cookie cake.
Queen of the Tees handcrafts girlie, glittery T-shirts that celebrate sports teams, school organizations, cheer & pom, and any other source of spirited celebration. Its online yearbook shows off classic designs with sparkling letters that might read Go Big Red or I’m shouting for no reason. Customers can purchase individual or bulk-ordered shirts that display the design of their choosing.