Friday, October 18, 2013

Corn Maze is once-a-year fun

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Have you ever been through a corn maze? If not, I have to tell you, I think you are really missing something super fun.

Last year was our first year (I never went to one my whole life until age 41!), but I think we will make it an annual tradition. I get to be navigator, ha! It's not exactly like navigating small islands in a Florida bay, but not all that different either so I get that job.

Though my Mom did pretty well when we compared notes throughout the maze (Hi Mom!). It's exciting and fun and unique and even a little spooky. I mean, there you are, walking amongst 8-foot-tall corn stalks with only a map to guide you through twist after turn after dead end. All you can see is corn in every direction.

I thought it was a Midwest phenomenon until I looked at this map. And here's yet another directory. They're all over the country! Maybe there's one near you or somewhere you're traveling.

Corn mazes offer a lot of good things:
  1. Fresh air.
  2. Family togetherness.
  3. Exercise.
  4. Map reading skills.
  5. Adventure.
  6. Learning directions.
  7. Goal achievement.
  8. Making memories.
  9. A family tradition.
They are a special treat available only for a short time each year. Here are some photos of this year's adventure.

Here we go.
Brady's being brave, except it was the wrong way!
This was the view from a small bridge. Corn everywhere!
This is what you see if you look up.
They also had a pumpkin patch, hay ride, pumpkin & corn shooters, games, snacks, etc.
But Brady's favorite (he's the one in orange, how appropriate) was the air-filled jumpy dome. Wheee!

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40 comments:

  1. That looks like a lot of fun!
    I once went in a maze in England which was all hedges. A really simple one but fun. It had dead ends too....

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  2. We started one this year, but it was all muddy and Kiley kept falling. Plus we accidentally went in the 40 minute one and it looked like it was going to rain. We wanted to do all the other activities too. So we turned around when we reached the 2nd marker, and pretended we had finished the maze! We will definitely do it when the kids are all bigger.

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    1. Oh no! A rainy day would not be good for a corn maze. We had sunny skies and 70 degree weather we were SOOO lucky. I think you guys will enjoy it when they are older.

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  3. We have an apple orchard here that goes all out for fall. They have a corn maze, jumping pillow and even cannons that shoot apples and pumpkins! It's so fun. We've gone every year since my oldest was two. I have to admit the corn maze isn't my favorite activity though. We always end up giving up and just walking out between the stalks. I guess we need to toughen up. :)

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    1. Oh no! Man, this place has a guy standing on the bridge and you aren't supposed to cut through the stalks. Kinda bugs me he does that. Oh well. Do they give you a map? Fall festivals of any kind are just a blast.

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  4. We went to one of these last year! It was lots of fun, but may I recommend that anyone going wear closed-toed shoes! My feet were FILTHY! LOL

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    1. Yes! And long sleeves too! My kiddo got some scratches from running his hands along the corn stalks.

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  5. I like a fun corn maze. The last time I went to one, I stepped in a huge pile of dog doo. Haven't been to one since. The kids look like they are having fun though.

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  6. Bummer we don't have one out here! But that looks like so much fun!

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    1. Maybe some time when you're on a trip there will be one nearby :)

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  7. okay see i think corn mazes are extremely scary, lol. I'm always so afraid of getting lost!

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    1. LOL, oh no! Well, I ran back in to find the path to the bridge because we'd missed it first time around and then I took a wrong turn and found a dead end with a mailbox that said, "Congratulations! You've found the hidden mailbox," which is great except it wasn't on my map cuz it was hidden! But I finally found my way out.

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  8. I love corn mazes! We don't have one where I am currently living but I do love them.

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    1. Maybe one time when you're on a trip there will be one nearby!

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  9. Corn mazes are so much fun. My boys love them.

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  10. I LOVE corn mazes! I can't wait until my kids get bigger to take them to one. They are so much fun! Nothing like a good time giggling through a maze with people you love.

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    1. We saw lots of families who were lost, LOL, but they were having a good time. I wouldn't start one at dusk though :)

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  11. I am so excited because we are doing the flashlight corn maze tomorrow night. I need some updated pictures. Just wish you could take them inside the maze. Last year, the kids beat the adults out by 20 minutes. So embarrassing.

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    1. Whoa! Now that would be quite an experience! You should totally post it! I'd love to see what it's like.

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  12. We love love love corn mazes. So much fun!

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  13. We're going to our corn maze next week!

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  14. We did a corn maze but it was smaller and it did not come with a map. Seemed like your crew had a ton of fun. I haven't done too many myself.

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  15. I have yet to take the kids to a corn maze. They always look like so much fun on other blogs and yours is no exception. I'm happy you got the chance to have fun at the maze. Maybe I'll get a chance to have fun next year.

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    1. Oh, you should! I'll bet the kids would love it. I can just imagine cute Madison looking up at all these huge stalks :)

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  16. We heart corn mazes. We live on Long Island - so we get to play in plenty of them. Great post on pointing out the educational befits of them too!

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    1. I hadn't really thought of the educational aspects before, but there really are some!

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  17. I can't wait for my kids to get a little older so we can enjoy a corn maze without a stroller! This looked like you guys had a lot of fun!

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    1. Oh yeah, it'd be hard to push a stroller around some of those corners!

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  18. My son's daycare took a field trip to a corn maze a couple weeks ago. It wasn't one of his normal days so we didn't take him because I wasn't sure he'd care for it yet (he's 2.5). Then we went to the dairy farm a few weeks ago and they had a small maze that they had made out of hay bales. He loved it! I know what we need to do next year!

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    1. Oh I'll bet he'd love it. It's such an adventure! Sounds like a neat day care he goes to.

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  19. Corn maze I am familiar with. Sort of.
    I grew up basically on a farm ...and let's just say the cows had a habit of breaking through the fences from time to time to get in the cornfield. which meant you had to go out in some gosh awful hour of the dark, and chase them out. Assuming you could find a cow -- and then you way out. good times.

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    1. Oh my gosh, your back yard was a corn maze! How cool is that! Chasing a cow out of a corn field sounds like a truly exciting past time, LOL!

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  20. Love corn mazes!!! And love competing with others through the corn maze. :) Though sometimes I think about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, with the maze that the Champions had to work their way through, and then I get scared about things popping out of corners at me. :) Hahaha, maybe you have no idea what I'm talking about!!

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    1. Hi Alice! I can't compete with mom and kiddo as they both rely on me for map reading skills, ha! Maybe when kiddo is older. Oh my gosh, you know, I did have some flash backs of Harry Potter. I LOVE the HP movies and books both. Totally creepy that though.

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