The Attic Hubby recently took our two older kids to a Media Event at Maize Quest Fun Park in New Park, PA. They generously gave him Buy The Farm tickets to experience all of the family activities. Here is this dad's review:
Maize Quest is about an hour's drive from Baltimore and 30 minutes south of York, PA so it's a great day trip if you live in Maryland or Pennsylvania.
They have over 30 attractions including corn mazes, hay rides, a pumpkin patch, and a pick-your-own orchard (blueberries, cherries, apples, peaches) and market at Maple Lawn Farms.
They have activities for various age ranges with the highlight for my teenager being the large corn maze. The corn maze adventure begins in the main barn area to watch a dramatic instructional video prepping you for your winding adventure through the cornfield as a Secret Agent. Their current video is Austin Powers / Dr. Evil themed.
We started with about 5 other families at the same time entering the maze. Within moments we were already separated from those other families because there are so many options to choose and the size of the maze is enormous. The maze is separated by color quadrants. You start in the blue section, find your way to the red section, which leads to the white section, and you end in the green section.
|"We believe that getting outside and working together to solve problems is a great way to engage young minds and build strong families." -Hugh McPherson, The Maze Master|
|"Mazes are a great metaphor for life. Teamwork is needed to find your way, but everyone interprets the maze differently." -Hugh McPherson, The Maze Master|
Though I felt we did a great job navigating, it still took more than an hour for us to complete the maze. I only wish I had a Smartphone. They have a really cool app called a Maze Tracker, which will show you where your location is within the maze. Our 3 year old made it about half way before I needed to carry her the rest of the way. The terrain would have been good enough for a jogging stroller with rubber tires.
Because your only relief from the sun is the shadow of the 8ft tall corn stalks, you will definitely need sunscreen and you should bring drinks in your backpack. The maze spans 9 acres all together. I think the owners could make a lot of money on hotter days if they bought a solar powered vending machine to station between the 2nd and 3rd quadrants (which would be similar to a half-way house on a golf course). I know I would have spent a few bucks on waters or sports drinks.
We were very happy to have made it to the finish line after our long hike. Both the 3 year old and the 15 year old enjoyed weaving through the maze. If you ever need to let your energetic kids run off some energy, this corn maze is a great way to do that!
If you don’t have drinks or snacks with you, there is a snack bar in the barn and a picnic pavilion just outside of the barn. You can even pack a picnic lunch like we did. Inside the barn there is also a huge indoor jungle gym that is ideal for kids between 4 and 10 years old.
After the maze we went over to the fun park area on the other side of the barn. Both of my kids enjoyed sliding down the long tube slide which is located next to the bamboo maze. After the slide we went into the bamboo maze which felt similar to a corn maze only darker because of the thick bamboo shading you from the sun. The bamboo maze was fun, but definitely not nearly the size of the corn maze. Watch your step as there are bamboo stumps that may be more difficult for little ones to navigate through.
There are so many other activities such as the rock maze, rope maze, tractor cow ride, pedal car track, and dino-tire sculpture area. My oldest helped his sister through many of them. Your ticket is really reasonably priced considering all of the activities that are included.
One of the highlights is the hay wagon ride behind the giant tractor which takes you to the pumpkin patch to pick your very own pumpkin. These are also reasonably priced; no pumpkin is over $10.
Before you call it a day, make sure you stop at their general store and buy some fresh apple cider and yummy cider donuts. My kids were raving about their cider!
Maize Quest is a great place to take a day trip in the fall with your family!
More About Maize Quest Fun Park
2885 New Park Road
New Park, PA 17352
*located in south Central PA near the Maryland border
*Over 25,000 people visit each year
*More than 30 fun-filled attractions geared towards kids ages 2-101
*Awards won include: York County Visitors Bureau Feature Attraction
*Special group adventure specializations with programs for scouting, youth groups, preschools, birthday parties and corporate programs
August 30-November 9, 2014
Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m-10 p.m
Sundays 1 p.m- 7 p.m
Holiday hours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Adults (13 and up) $10
Children 2-12 $8.
All of the activities mentioned are included (you can add on pumpkins, gem stone mining, cider/donuts and others).
Just for my readers, you can save $2 off any ticket using code MQMEDIA14 at http://goo.gl/3g6kas