It’s easy to forget that Los Angeles is a city surrounded by farms. Give your urban kiddos a reminder by taking them to a fall harvest festival at one of these nearby neighbors. Get lost in a corn maze, learn how to milk a cow, hop on a hayride, and more: flip through to find out what’s in store at some of the best fall festivals around LA:

Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly – Pomona

Cal Poly's College of Agriculture grows 70,000 pumpkins for this annual two-day event, a smorgasbord of fall harvest traditions, including (obviously) a massive pumpkin patch, horse and pony rides, a petting zoo, live music, games, a food court, and a corn maze that awards finishers a special button naming them a "Maze magician." What makes this festival different than some of the others is the focus on education (it's a college, after all). Families can wander down "Ag Discovery Lane" to check out various live demonstrations of things like blacksmithing, soap-making, beekeeping, and live cow-milking (which'll make your kid either appreciate — or abandon — her daily cup of milk).

For an additional entrance fee, little bug-lovers will want to get a ticket for the festival's Insect Fair, which has 500,000 live and preserved insects from around the world.

When: October 7-8 (After the festival is over, the pumpkin patch will be open daily through Oct. 31 with no admission charge.)
Where: AGRIscapes Center, 4102 S. University Drive in Pomona
Admission: Adults, $4; children 2–12, $3; kids under 2 are free. (Hint: You can also buy a family pack for 2 adult and 2 Child Tickets for $12.)
Online: cpp.edu/~pumpkinfestival

photo: Cal Poly

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— Melissa Heckscher