Kids can play free pumpkin tic-tac-toe, a witch's hat ring toss, and pumpkin bowling at Hicks Nurseries in Westbury.
The nursery has added the new games to its fall activities this year. In pumpkin tic-tac-toe, kids face off with white pumpkins versus orange pumpkins. In ring toss, kids try to land a ring over one of five witch’s hats. For bowling, they use a lane created by hay bales, says Karen Musgrave, marketing and education specialist for Hicks.
Petting the animals and walking through the animated children’s story area also are free, Musgrave says.
A pay-one-price bracelet of $25 on weekends gives visitors one visit to a sand-art station, a bag of popcorn, an Otto-the-Ghost plastic bag for trick-or-treating on Halloween, a face painting, the opportunity to decorate and take home a pumpkin, and unlimited hayrides. Any of those activities can also be purchased for an a-la-carte price, Musgrave says. The sand art is a new addition this year, and it costs $7, she says.
The Hicks festival is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends through Oct. 27 and on Columbus Day.
Hicks Nurseries is at 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury; 516-334-0066, hicksnurseries.com.