For years, farmers have been lending out their homesteads to eager children and even eager-er parents, as a form of supplementary income and a way to market home grown product. It is a win-win for both the farmer and the patron. The farmer gets the extra business, and the patrons get a memorable experience that never quite loses its novelty from year to year. For veteran mazers and first timers alike, the key to a positive experience ultimately boils down to preparation. Check out our five family-friendly tips for making your day at the corn maze count.
Do your research before you go. If the place has a website, be sure to check it out to find out things like the maze’s hours, do they allow outside food and drinks, what other activities do they have? You may even want to consider giving the corn maze a phone call.
Check the weather and dress accordingly. The key to dressing for any event in the fall is layers. You might get lucky with a mild day or you might get rained on. Don’t let bad weather ruin your family’s day and instead make sure you are prepared with coats, mittens and umbrellas. And leave your favorite shoes at home. Corn mazes tend to be muddy or at the very least dusty.
Don’t forget to bring your camera and flashlight. Depending on what time of day, consider bringing a flashlight with fresh batteries. If the maze is open into the evening, flashlights may be provided, but better to be safe than sorry.
Account for potential allergies. Contact with animals, dust, pollen and insects is simply inevitable, so ensure you’re bringing allergy medication so that rashes, itchy eyes and sniffly noses don’t have to end your day early.
Plan to stay for a while. Head to the maze early in the day and keep your schedule generally clear for that day to avoid having to rush through activities. Call in advance to find out if the maze has some place to buy lunch or dinner, and even if they do pack snacks and drinks in case. Nothing ruins a fun, family day faster than growling bellies.