Fran-Dale-Corn-MazeBy now almost everyone has heard of the emergency 911 call that went out to police when a family of four tried their hand at the Connors Farm corn maze in Danvers, Massachusetts and got lost. Hey, there’s always a first for everything, but honestly…. while it may be hard to get out of a maze of maize, it does not require the police and K9 dogs. You can simply walk through the corn and get out, use your cell phone for hints along the way, listen for the sound of traffic or simply look at the tree line to get out. (Anything short of sending up fire signals.){youtube}cIUer_AW3O8{/youtube}

But to see how hard these things could be, this travel adventure mom decided to give it a whirl. For my experiment I picked the 3-acre interactive “Amazing Corn Maize Maze” at the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park/Glen Oaks, New York. The farm itself is 47 acres and dates back to 1697, and is the only working historical farm in the City. It has old farm buildings and livestock that include Cotswold sheep, heritage pigs, laying hens, dairy cows and goats that kids can feed and pet. It also touts planting fields, pumpkin patches, a greenhouse complex, an orchard, vineyard and herb garden. So at very least if you get lost, you certainly won’t starve to death. They even have raw wildflower honey that comes from their very own Italian Honey bees.

To go on this impromptu journey I asked my friend Dale to come along. I purchased the tickets and waited on line. Since Dale was late, this nice woman at the front, Lisa escorted him in to where I was waiting on the line. We listened to the maze instructions, “This years maze theme is baseball. Each section of the baseball diamond in the maze is outlined in different color ribbon. (She held up a map). So if you see red ribbon around the corn you are near third base and the yellow ribbon is near the way out. No smoking, no running, no screaming and no eating of the corn. If you get lost there are these tubes you can talk into and we will instruct you how to get out. But you have to say the code phrase, “Pitchers got a rubber arm” to get an answer. (I thought I should jot that down, but figured I could remember it.) She continued, “ You are given tall flags so we can monitor where you are at all times. We are also going to give you a sheet of paper with a crossword puzzle on it, and 9 squares. Answers to the crossword puzzle are along the path. There are 9 mailboxes on the paths as well, as you find them, take a piece out of the mailbox, tape the puzzle piece number to the corresponding square on the sheet of paper. Once you get all 9 you have reconstructed the map of the maze and it will act as a guide to help you out. “

With instructions done we were off. We were given a flag, our card was time stamped and we started to walk through the maze. We spotted a mailbox through the corn on another path, but could not figure out a way to get to it to collect our first number. Thoughts of cutting through the maze occurred to me, but honestly it was too early in the game to do that. So like little mice in a maze we looked for patterns.

Soon we got our bearings, “let’s see the tower with people in are to the right. The traffic is behind us, and the people that are going in circles are ahead of us. We want to avoid them. As soon as my internal GPS was working I started to locate the mailbox. We found mailbox # 4 first. We kept going. Next mailbox #7. Soft Rock music played throughout the maze. Probably to keep people from panicking like that family.

Dale and I danced, we looked, we looked again, and went in circles a few times. One time, out of laziness we yelled across the cornfield to someone who was at another mailbox and asked what number that was to see if we needed to head in that direction.

{youtube}MRVCjOEN8os{/youtube}

At one point we wanted to ask a question so we spoke into the magic tube. No one responded. Ah, so much for communication…maybe I had the wrong saying, “Grandmas got a rubber chicken” apparently was not the phrase. I knew I should have written it down.

Anyway, we kept moving along relying on our own wit and know how. Dale was busy trying to catch me up on his latest social events. While I was listening I was also in my Capo determined mode to make it out in record time. I was also trying not to use the flag as a jousting pole and poke families along the way.

After a few back tracks we did it! And in a record 42 minutes! Okay, well not record time, but record for us and we didn’t have to camp out or involve the military.

All in all it was a cool adventure, and a fun activity for families. If you want a bit more challenge, they do have haunted and nighttime mazes around the country as well, but be sure to carry a flashlight, a jacket and some water, just in case it takes you a tad longer than you think.

And for goodness sakes, if you get lost, enjoy it. That is part of the fun of a maze, otherwise it would be called a straight line!

For more information:
Queens County Farm Museum Information:
The farm museum is open year round, 7 days a week from 10 am. To 5 p.m.
On Saturdays and Sundays you can get tours of the historic buildings, or enjoy a hayride form 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but to do the Corn Maize they charge $9 for adults and $5 for children. The last ticket to the corn maze is sold at 4 p.m. The corn maize will be open until October 30th.

73-50 Little Neck Pkwy
Floral Park, NY 11004
Neighborhood: Glen Oaks
(718) 347-3276
www.queensfarm.org {youtube}cIUer_AW3O8{/youtube}