For the past two years, our church has created a corn maze for our community. The maze is in a field that is actually right next to our church-- kinda gives a perspective of how rural the area directly surrounding our church seems to be. Our family didn't make it out to the maze last year, but our boys absolutely loved it when we went this year! They were at a perfect starting age for it. The weather was breezy and not too warm, so that added to our lovely day as well.
The goal of the maze was to find 14 clue words hidden throughout the field. If we found all the words, we would uncover a secret message. Then, if we could make our way out of the maze and hand in our completed code sheet, we'd earn a prize. Jaden and Cody were eager to start word-hunting! After a brief orientation video, we were given an orange flag that was to be used if we ever got lost and needed help (Jaden and Cody took this very seriously). Finally, we were sent on our way into the maze! The boys took turns being the leader (aka the navigational decision-maker).
Each clue word was displayed with a Texas-related symbol (like an armadillo, Texas star, or cowboy boots) on a wooden stand. Jaden and Cody eagerly copied down each word as we found them hidden in the corn.
Adley was a pretty good sport during our 45+ minute hunt through the corn. She wasn't too much help with finding the words though.
If we ever got stuck, we could climb a wooden platform in the middle of the maze and attempt to scout out any missing words. We climbed this platform several times! Finally, we successfully completed our code sheet and uncovered the secret message: "You might give some serious thought to thanking your lucky stars you're in Texas."
Hooray! We did it! After hunting down all of these words, it was a piece of cake finding our way out of the maze. Cody and Jaden happily turned in their code sheet and received some prize candy. Outside of the corn field, there were a few more kid-friendly activities-- a large open area to run around in, a hay pile to climb on...
...and corn hole games to play. This was a fun game for the boys to try, although we still need to work on improving our aim. Let's just say that we had to search through the nearby pumpkin pile several times for a few missing beanbags! ;)
The corn maze site had some pumpkins out for purchase and a great display for photo ops too. We loved our family day at the corn maze and look forward to attending again next fall!