Enter at Your Own Risk: 10 A(maze)ing Corn Mazes Near Seattle
The weather this summer was perfect for growing super-tall stalks, so this year’s corn mazes are going to be higher than ever, 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 the best for families. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 10 a(maize)ing corn mazes you’ll want to weave in and out of this fall.
The aMAZEing facts: This year, at Bob’s Corn, the maze will have you buzzing through the corn and channeling your inner-bees with the geometric paths that lead to a big old corn bee at the center of Bob’s 10-acre 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 kids engaged with “stations” that they reach along the way.
Bonus points: They’re already booking up quickly, but you can also reserve one of their 15 fire pits that are scattered throughout 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 $25-50 per hour, depending on the size of your group.
Car time: Approximately 40 minutes from Seattle.
Cost: The day maze option is $35 per family, which includes admission for two adults and their children, and the night maze option is $45. Individual admission fees are also available; children ages four and under are free on the main maze, and $4 each for the children’s maze.
Open: Day maze hours are from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, daily, while the night maze is open Friday and Saturday nights from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. All mazes will be open until October 31, 2013.
Find them: 11907 Elliott Road, Snohomish, Wa 98296 and online at bobscorn.com.
Suggestions for corn maze safety
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.
The buddy system is always <em>key</em> 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!
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.
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.
What’s your family’s favorite local corn maze? Any tips from parents for making it the most fun it can be?
– Katie Kavulla
Photos via Bob’s Corn Facebook page, Jen T. on the Carleton Farm Yelp page, Carpinito Brothers Facebook page, Craven Farm Facebook page, Dr. Maze’s Farm Facebook page, dbrekke on Flickr, Angela K. Severn on Flickr, OpenSpace on Flickr, Rutledge Corn Maze Facebook page