TEMPLE — It’s not very often that I go to a place or experience an event that I immediately think to myself, “This needs to become a new family tradition. We need to come here every year.” But that is what happened this week when I visited The Robinson Family Farm.

We all love summer and the freedom and sunshine that it brings, but if you are a fan at all of cooler weather, turning leaves, pumpkins or fall in general, this farm is a must visit.

I went on opening day, and was a little nervous about how many cars were in the parking lot. I’m not a fan at all of crowded places, but the gentlemen in the parking lot guided us to a spot close to the entrance, and we made our way to the gate with our tickets we had purchased online. We all got our wrist bands and were off.

As soon as you enter, you see an old fashioned sign post with painted arrows directing you to the different areas of the farm. It’s called a farm, but this is really a fall festival park. There is a huge farm-themed playground for the kids with a corn pit, jungle gym, a rock climbing wall into a clubhouse, and the largest see-saw that I have seen in years.

Next to the playground, in very easy viewing distance, is an area for bigger kids like me. It has corn hole, horseshoe pits, an oversized chess board and a talented live band playing music for all. There is also a snack stand and sweet shop in this area in case you get hungry or thirsty.

After some time on the playground, I wanted to see the Corn Cannons. This is basically permanently set up potato gun, but with corn husks. The employees at this station gets everything all set up for you and then you aim at some large hay bales and blast away. My grandson, X’zavier, squealed in both alarm and excitement the first time he fired it.

On our way back, we stopped by a lassoing station, where we lassoed some small, steel longhorns. We also stopped and fed the goats and a small pig at the petting zoo, and took a ride in the Barrel Train. This is a large barrel setup on some tracks and you climb in and roll it forward and backwards on the tracks. It was simple, clever and fun. I need one in my backyard.

That’s only the north side of the farm.

On the beginning of the south side of the farm, we rode on a ‘train’ consisting of a classic, green tractor and some cars made out of barrels. This made a big loop around this portion of the farm where we saw the largest inflatable, pumpkin shaped, bounce pad I have ever seen. There is an archery stand, a sand art booth and shark racing booth made from old-style water pumps you might see on an old well at a farm.

The corn maze isn’t super difficult to navigate, but they do make it fun for the little ones by giving them a punch card and having the kids search for different shaped punchers in the maze. If they find all the shapes and get all the punches, the kids get a small prize at the end.

There are pumpkins all over this farm, and many little places set up for family photos or selfies. We basically took our family photos for the fall here. Tractors, benches, giant rocking chairs and old trucks with bales of hay and pumpkins are just a few of the photo areas.

Last, but not least, if you need or want some pumpkins for decoration or for pie, they have one of the largest pumpkin patches I have ever seen.

Robinson Family Farm, located at 3780 White Owl Lane in Temple, is only open on the weekends. You can save a few dollars by buying tickets in advance from their website, https://www.therobinsonfamilyfarm.com/.

They are definitely growing more than just pumpkins on this farm. They are growing memories as well.