Today we went on a field trip to DixieMaze Farms in Shreveport LA. It was quite a drive for us and we had to get up really early in the morning to be out there by 9 am. Wouldn't you know that today would be the first cold day we have had going from 88 degrees two days ago to 60 and windy today. It was a bit of a shock to our systems, especially Emelia who had never been out in the cold before. It wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't for the wind, but the children had a great time anyway and we stayed for about 3 1/2 hours.
What did we do at DixieMaze Farms? The children got to do a variety of activities including: playing in a corn bin, going through a huge corn maze (more on that in a minute), jumping on a big jumpy thing, riding a hayride to pick their own mini pumpkin in a pumpkin patch, seeing and petting two very large snakes, and watching pig races. We also got to see chickens, ducks, and ponies. Normally you also get to make ice cream (too cold today we drank hot cocoa instead, make butter, and plant sunflower seeds to take home (we were disappointed we didn't get to do this.) Admission was only $7 per child for Homeschool Days with parents, children 2 and under, and special needs being free.
Before heading into the corn maze (which is around 6 miles long), we reminded the children of the rules, especially no running and to stay in sight of the adults. Our group entering the maze had 4 adults and 17 children. Well, the children got ahead of us and we could not see them, so I yelled for everyone to stop where they were. As we gathered them back together and started counting children, we noticed 2 were missing (one of them was my Anthony.) We kept all the other children with one adult, sent another to the closest exit, while me and the other missing child's mom headed in the direction they went. For several minutes we searched and could not find them. After returning to where we started and headed down a different path. We found 2 corn cops who police the maze and gave them a description and the names of the children. They got on their little radios and within just a few minutes we had them back! It was only about 10 minutes they were gone, but they were together and not scared at all. We decided that was enough of the corn maze for the day and went on to some other activities.
I didn't get a lot of pictures because Emelia only rode in the stroller for a little while and I had my arms full of baby and the zoom is broken on my camera so I couldn't get any close up pictures.