Ooooh it’s that time of year again! Cooler days, leaves falling and pumpkin EVERYthing! I love this season and have to pace myself with all the fun things to do with kids. But with that said, my calendar is jam packed for October, and I’ll be sharing some of our favorite activities for those looking to get out and enjoy autumn with their own little pumpkins.
To kick off the season I took my boys, ages 2 and 3, to the Maryland Sunrise Farm in Gambrills which has a Fall Festival and Corn Maze on weekends through Nov. 1. It’s very small, but they’ve packed a lot of fun into a small space. We went on a Saturday afternoon around 4 p.m. and it wasn’t crowded at all. Admission was $10 for adults and $5 for children 3 and older and additional costs included $2 for the Kids Cow Train, $4 for the hay ride and $8 to do gem mining. We did not go on the hay ride, but I heard it’s about 30 minutes long and takes you down the road and all around the dairy farm. Was also opted out of the gem mining, but it looked fun for older children.
James especially liked climbing on giant rolls of straw and leaping into a massive pile of straw below. Luke wanted to ride every single “pedal kart,” from the tiny baby ones to the large big kid ones. They both enjoyed rummaging through the corn box, building little log cabins, jumping and climbing on the half-buried tires, interrupting people’s corn hole games and running through the mini hay-bale maze. There were some cute photo opp areas too.
We decided to be adventurous and brave the 8-acre corn maze. With the 3-year-old leading the way and an obnoxiously large bag of kettle corn and huge refillable cup of lemonade in hand, we trudged through the maze, not glancing at the small map we were handed upon entering. Luke was bringing up the caboose, stopping every couple feet to pick up a corn husk or whack at the corn stalks with the emergency flag we had brought along. Every so often we’d stumble upon a numbered marker, though we had no idea how many there were total. Come to find out there were nine of them. After about 45 minutes in the maze, we were thoroughly turned around and lost at marker number four. We decided to turn back and work our way to the beginning as the lemonade was gone and the 2-year-old was getting restless and cranky. We triumphantly exited the maze at the same place we entered. Sigh.
We all had a great time and enjoyed our first fall activity of the year!
Mandy Watts is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Crownsville with her husband, Justin, who runs their family business, and their two sons, 3-year-old James and 1-year-old Luke.