Fall isn’t just about jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating. There’s corn mazes! And the weather this summer was perfect for growing super-tall stalks, making it even easier to get lost – and found – with your kids. But with so many corn mazes around, it’s hard to know which ones are best for families. That’s why we’ve hand-picked 10 mazes you’ll want to weave in and out of this fall.
Bob’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm
The A(maze)ing Facts: This year at Bob’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm, the maze will have you twisting and turning through the geometric paths that lead to a big ol’ campfire with roasting marshmallows at the center of Bob’s 10-acre maze. The new design is in honor of being the first farm to offer private fire pits inside a corn maze. For new maze explorers who aren’t ready to tackle the whole 10-acres on their own (or at all!), the kids’ mazes are equally impressive and will keep little ones engaged with “stations” that they reach along the way.
Bonus: Make a night of it at Bob's by reserving one of their 18 fire pits that are scattered along the perimeter of the maze (you can see them on the photo above) – awesome for get-togethers with other families and some corn field marshmallow roasting! Fire pits are available for 2-80 people and run from $30-$60 per hour, depending on the size of your group. Maze admission is required for all people going to the firepits. Psst! Firepit reservations go fast; book online now!
Car Time: Approximately 40 minutes from Seattle.
Dates & Hours: Daily, Sept. 24-Oct. 31, 2016. Daytime Mazes open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Night Maze open 6 p.m.-10 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays (last admission at 10 p.m.)
Cost: Daytime Maze $8 or $40/family; Military half-off; under 2 Free. Night Maze $13 or $65/family; Military half-off; under 2 Free. Free Kids Maze with purchase of big maze admission or any wristband. Reservations are required for groups to visit the Night Maze Sun.-Thurs. (10 people minimum). Group discounts of $1 off per person on groups of 25 or more are available (the discount only applies if everyone is paid for in one transaction).
11907 Elliott Rd.
Snohomish, Wa 98296
photo: Bob's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm Facebook page
Suggestions for Corn Maze Safety:
1. For kids who are old enough to head into the maze by themselves… but still young enough to panic if they get lost, consider arming them with a whistle or duck caller so that you can find them easily in the maze.
2. The buddy system is always key and pairing an adult with each group of kids is a fail-proof way to make it out of the maze without tears. That is, unless, your kids are better at getting through the maze than you are, in which case, the tears may be on your part!
3. Many of the fields have their mazes online – check out their websites before you go and let your kids form a plan or even create a cheat map to give them some confidence.
4. Teach older kids to use the sun position to keep themselves oriented in the maze – have them take note of where the sun is when they enter the maze (at their back, for instance) and hopefully it will help them from going in circles or doing unnecessary back-tracking as they go.
If you’re looking for additional corn mazes close to your ‘hood, check out our pumpkin patch roundup. Most of our area’s U-pick pumpkin patches also offer fun mazes including corn mazes, hay mazes and Jr. mazes.
Does your family have a favorite corn maze? Do you have any tips for making it the most fun it can be? Share in the Comments below!
— Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla