It’s easy to forget that Los Angeles is a city surrounded by farms. Give your urban kiddos a reminder by taking them to a fall harvest festival at one of these nearby neighbors. Get lost in a corn maze, learn how to milk a cow, hop on a hayride, and more: flip through to find out what’s in store at some of the best fall festivals around LA:
Big House Corn Maze and Harvest Festival – Temecula
Speaking of corn mazes, if you really want to get lost in the crops, it's worth the hour-ish drive out of town to test your navigation skills at the Big House Corn Maze & Harvest Festival, where its whopper of a maze is ranked as the biggest in all of Southern California. We're talking 10 acres of corn stalks to navigate, which is no easy task, especially with little ones in tow. (FYI: If you give up, there are emergency exits along the way, your bigger Harry Potter fans will love how much like the Tri-Wizard Tournament's final task this feels!) Want a preview of the course? Check out this picture and start memorizing your route.
After you've gotten sufficiently lost (and found), enjoy the rest of the festivities, which include a pumpkin patch, a hay ride, pig races, corn cannons, a rock wall, duck races, gem mining and pony rides. Each weekend has a different theme, with highlights including:
- Sept. 30: Classic Car Craze at the Corn Maze," featuring a collection of hot rods, custom and muscle cars and trucks.
- Oct. 21-22: Old-Fashioned Farm Days, where kids can have fun like its 1889: Churn butter! Pan for gold! Compete in a pie-eating contest! Bob for apples! And more...
- Oct. 29: Kids and Pets Costume Contest.
When: Sept. 30 through Oct. 30
Where: 33320 Temecula Pkwy. in Temecula
Admission: Maze only - $9; maze plus three activities - $15; maze is free for kids 2 and under. Additional activities may have added costs.
photo: Big Horse Corn Maze and Harvest Festival via Facebook
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— Melissa Heckscher