Kids love the Kraay Family Farm – just half an hour north of Red Deer. They can meet animals, jump, climb and run around in the sunshine. Here are nine ways to play starting in July when the family-run farm opens for the season.
1.Run the corn maze
The farm is home to the Lacombe Corn Maze that covers 15 acres and has three lookout bridges.
Last year’s maze holds the Guinness Record for the world’s largest QR code at 309,570 sq. ft. (29,000 sq. m). And if you are very brave – bring a buddy and get lost by flashlight in the dark.
2. Find hidden treasure
The gemstone mine is a great place to start a rock collection. Buy a bag of rocks and sand, dump your goodies into the screen box, swirl it in the water and your beautiful stones will appear. Kids also like splashing around in the water on a hot summer day.
3. Play dino mini golf
Putt around the farm’s 18-hole mini-golf course decorated with colourful dinosaurs. Even little ones can have a go and hit the ball around this kid-sized course.
4. Jump and slide
The farm’s giant jumping pillows – there’s a new one this year – are good for burning off some of that beautiful endless energy. Climb on the big spider web rope maze and then slide on the giant slides – over and over and over again. Hey look – tire mountain!
5. Sit a minute for lunch
Buy a yummy lunch at the concession or bring your own – then set yourselves down a minute at a picnic table. They also have fire pits for hot dogs and marshmallows and you can rent a BBQ for $10. It’s ok to sit for a few seconds, kids – you’ll be back at it in no time.
6. Ride the train
Trains are a very big deal in our house, so we’ll ride the barrel train – it’s even longer this year – until we can distract him with the pedal carts. (Train rides are two tokens.)
7. Corn cannon and pumpkin blaster
Like to make loud noises and watch things go splat? Aim and fire the corn cannon and obliterate an innocent wonky-shaped pumpkin in the fall (one token per blast).
8. Pick a treat
Time for a sweet snack. Buy old-fashioned candy from the Corn-er Store and if you are very good, maybe Mom’ll let you bring a little toy home as a souvenir of your day.
9. Meet the farm animals
Bring your treat over to watch the speedy piggy races and animatronic chicken show – then meet more adorable critters at the farmyard. Get up close with adorable goats, ducks, chickens, sheep and a pot-bellied pig that thinks he’s a dog.
How do you play?
What’s your favourite way to play at the farm? Post your photos and memories on the Kraay Farm on Facebook.