Thursday, October 18, 2012

Corn maze

       We headed out this morning for a homeschool field trip to Buttonwood Farms.  We had been there a few times for their Sunflower For Wishes days but had never been in the fall before.  I am members of many on- line homeschooling groups and heard of this field trip through one of them.  For just $5.50 for each child we got to go on a few hayrides, watch them feed the cows, and take a turn through the corn maze.  They also had a hay bale mountain for the kids to play on, a huge corn pit filled with toys and trucks to play in, a couple of games, pigs and chickens.  It sounded like a fun, fall day outdoors and also a wonderful opportunity to meet other homeschoolers in our area so I quickly signed us up.    I'm so glad I did too!  It was a wonderful, warm day and we met several families who were all so wonderful.  It was fantastic, fun, and tiring.  The kids all got along so well and played so nicely together.   Alec fell asleep on the drive home, which to me is always the sign of a great day.  The kids made many new friends and had a great time leading me through the maze.  Best of all they had two trails to choose from; one that's a marked trail so you can't really get "lost" and one unmarked for those with a great sense of direction.  After getting lost in a maze and turned around repeatedly last year I was happy to hear of the marked trail (though Alec chose to join in with another family and try the unmarked trail).  There was also a letter hunt in the guided maze but the boys went through so fast we didn't find any; we were the first ones back at the entrance though! I'm sure I could come up with all kinds of learning activities related to this outing but our main focus today was just having fun with new friends and enjoying the beautiful day.  Evan had such a good time he asked if he could have his birthday party there next year!  We listened to 4 books on CD on the drive up and back and had a very nice, relaxing day.  Here's a ton of pictures.  If you've never been I highly recommend it!
Ariel map of the maze

The view from the bridge party way though the maze

Evan loved that the marker signs were blue and always pointed them out to us

"I'm king of the world!" or the hay mountain anyway

The corn crib

The little pigs
Water/ Duck races set up for the kiddos too!

The first wagon ride; Alec sits with his new friend

The large wagon ride for all

Farmer Wayne feeds the cows corn from the corn maze

Who doesn't love a day that ends with ice cream?!

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