Daily Farm Updates Thursday, October 29, 2020

Special Events

We like being a hive of activity! That’s why we offer events for all ages, from June into January. Find out what’s going on at CGO.

Upcoming Events

Costume Weekend Saturday & Sunday, October 31 - November 1

Costume Weekend info


Pumpkin Destruction Day Saturday, November 7

More info to come!

Rain date: November 8


October at CGO October 1 - 31


We are open 9 AM – 7 PM daily through November 8. The Farmyard* awaits your laughter and smiles, the Corn Maze is waiting to be explored, the Apple Market store is ready to welcome you, and our food venues are ready to tempt you. Come enjoy the fresh air and sunshine!

(*We are sad to share that we will not have the Corn Pool this year due to our inability to frequently disinfect approximately three bazillion kernels of corn. We look forward to welcoming it back next year!)

Our U-Pick orchard is closed for the year. Pre-picked apples are available in the Apple Market. Check here for current availability.

We are reducing attendance each day in order to promote safety, so purchase your Farmyard tickets online ahead of time to avoid disappointment!

Season Pass holders do not need to make reservations for daily attendance.

Campfire and Welcome Porch reservations are available.

Open 9 AM – 7 PM daily unless otherwise noted:  

  • Apple Slingshot (closed most weekdays)
  • Corn Maze
  • CGO Express Train (unlimited rides)
  • Jumping Pillows
  • Super Slides
  • Hop-a-Long Horses
  • Pedal Carts (big kids and adults)
  • Farm Animals
  • Pedal Tractors (little kids)
  • Storybook Land
  • Baby Goat Bottle Feeding
  • Apple Market (Country Store)
  • Sunflower Meadow – done for the year
  • U-Pick apples – done for the year
  • Corn Pool – closed in 2020


updated 10/19/20


Pre-purchase Tickets Online! October 22

Check the weather forecast* and purchase your tickets online!

Ticket sales for all dates through November 8 are now open. Admission prices at gate—if tickets are available—will be higher, so purchase online.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, each Farmyard ticket for this season is purchased for a specific day.

*Tickets are valid only for the date specified on the ticket. All sales final. No refunds, returns, credits or date transfers. This includes for inclement weather, so be sure to check the weather forecast before purchasing.


Holiday Season 2020 November 9 - December 24

After the Farmyard closes for the season on November 8, our  Apple Market store is transformed into a winter wonderland of holiday shopping delights. Watch for updates on our hours and special offerings.



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Can you believe it?! 
We have less than two weeks left of our Farmyard Season?

Our end of season admission is now only $11.95 for ages 3 and older! Be sure to purchase online as the price at the door is higher. 
Costume Weekend 10/31-11/1
Pumpkin Destruction 11/7-11/8
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Here’s to riding off into the sunset!
Thanks for coming out today! We are looking forward to warmer weather ahead!
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Look what’s happening today in Des Moines from 3-5 PM with @momentshospice!

It’s a Spooktacular drive through event at 4150 Westown Parkway. 

 We are saying thank you 🙏🏼 to our #iowa #healthcareworkers and giving you a  FREE pumpkin 🎃 and carving kit! 
Also, enter for a chance to win a FREE education opportunity for your team! 
In appreciation of all our health care workers, this is for you! 
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