Fall farm fun for all ages—tots to teens

Petting farm animals and picking pumpkins at a local farm is fun for little ones, but if you have teens in tow, you might need a little more excitement — like a challenging corn maze or pumpkin catapult.

If you are looking for a farm with entertaining activities this fall for all age family members, here are a few to consider.

Maryland Sunrise Farm, Gambrills

Older kids can get lost in the massive Unicorn-themed corn maze while younger ones can try an easier version or play in a mini-maze. To keep tots busy while the big kids are lost, check out the hayrides, petting zoo, pony rides, log cabin building, hay jump, pedal karts, tire fun and more. The whole family can enjoy cornhole and live entertainment.

Sept 22-Nov 4.
Sat., 10am, Sun., 11am, select Fridays, 3:30pm. Open weekdays by appointment.
$11/person. 381 Gambrills Rd, Gambrills. mdcornmaze.com

Montpelier Farms, Upper Marlboro

Teens can explore Montpelier’s 7-acre corn maze with 3D glasses that help decode clues, hang in the football lounge or see how far they can launch a pumpkin in the Pumpkin Chunkin’. Younger kids can try out the “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” corn maze, take a hayride, pet farm animals, play in the corn tepees, ride pedal karts and jump on the cow belly bounce. The whole family can enjoy the roping range, hill slides, movie screenings, bonfire and much more.

Through Nov. 4; Fridays (October only), 5-11 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sundays 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
$12; free for children younger than 2

Spider Hall Farm, Prince Frederick

Older kids can run through the 8-acre corn maze, try out the giant slide or have hamster ball races. Younger kids can try a farm animal scavenger hunt, go in the bounce house or play in a corn box. Families can go on a hayride and buy a pumpkin. Be sure to explore the vendor market for local goods. Some activities have an extra fee.

Oct. 1 to 31, Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
$11 ages 4–13; $5 14 and up; free for kids younger than 3

Butler’s Orchard, Germantown

Head to the Pumpkin Festival at Butler's Orchard for plenty of fun for all ages. Older kids can get lost in the twisted corn maze, play cornhole, shoot a pumpkin cannon and slingshot apples. Younger kids can go on a hayride, play in a corn box, climb a spider web, slide down a giant slide and get lost in a straw maze. There is also jumping in a hayloft, farm animals, pick your own pumpkins and more.

Weekends Sept. 29–Oct 28. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
$12; Children 2 and under are free.

—Natalie Jeffery

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