Destination: A Corn Maze
Article by Jennifer Close
The month of October is usually full of costume shopping, camping, and scary stories. It is also when the corn mazes are in full swing. Although some people think corn mazes are kind of creepy (and rightly so), my family loves to visit the different corn mazes in our area each weekend in October.
Before the corn maze visits began this year, we read The Clue in the Corn Maze, created by Gertrude Chandler. The Boxcar Children, the Aldens, are at it again and this time they are solving a mystery in Iowa. The children visit Ken, an old friend of their father’s. Ken owns and runs a corn farm and one of his favorite times of year is when he puts on the King Corn Days Festival. The festival celebrates the amazing corn maze that Ken creates each year but unfortunately someone is trying to force Ken to cancel the festival and close the corn maze. The Alden children decide to help figure out who is trying to ruin the festival.
As you read the book, take note of the information shared about corn mazes. The type of corn, how a maze pattern is created and more are discussed in the book.
If you haven’t been to a corn maze before, you should add that to your list of fall activities. To find a corn maze in many states, a couple of websites can help you:
Don’t just limit yourself to those sites because many corn mazes aren’t listed. Try posting to your newspaper or television news Facebook page or ask a local mom’s group to see if anyone knows of a corn maze nearby.
Will this be the first year you visit a corn maze? There are a few things you should know before you go:
Wear closed-toed shoes. You will be traipsing through a corn field and will want to wear shoes that will protect your feet.
Don’t forget the sunscreen and the bug spray. Though it is October, the bugs are still out in full force (at least they are here on the Gulf Coast). There isn’t a lot of shade in a corn maze so make sure you wear a hat or apply sunscreen.
Be sure to bring cash with you for admission. Many of the farms do not accept credit cards and most are off of the ATM path. Make sure you know what forms of payment are accepted at the farm you will be visiting.
Pack a picnic. Some farms offer concessions and don’t allow outside food. You can still save some money on your outing by packing a cooler and leaving it in the car. When you are finished with your visit to the corn maze, find a picnic spot on the way home or just grab a bottle of water to help cool you off after all that exploring.
Let the children find their way out. My kids can find their way out of a maze like a rat following the scent of the cheese. Many mazes offer maps of the maze with clues to help you get to different checkpoint stations.
Corn mazes usually offer other things to do besides wandering the maze. Our favorite corn maze, Sweet Seasons Farm in Milton, Florida, has a cow train for the kids to ride, pony rides, a corn cannon and more. We normally spend an entire afternoon hanging out on the farm.
Check the schedule before you go. Many corn mazes have a schedule that shares hours of operation, flashlight nights, and other events.
Do you have a favorite corn maze?
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