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Corn Mazes of Alberta

I don’t when Corn Mazes became a thing but we are so glad they did! It seems like over the past couple of years Corn Mazes have been popping up everywhere. You can’t go through the Fall season without visiting one with the kids so we’ve compiled a list of our favourite ones across the province!

Corn Mazes of Alberta:

Calgary Corn Maze

With over over 13 acres of corn mazes, barnyard animals at the petting zoo, mini golf,  ropes course,  ziplines,  jumping pillows, a train, paintball shooting gallery, barnyard ball toss, pig races, and pumpkins; this Corn Maze will definitely entertain the whole family all day.

Cost: Adults (ages 18 to 64): $15.95+gst Youth (ages 3 to 17): $14.95+gst Seniors (ages 65+): $14.95+gst

Website: www.calgarycornmaze.com

Edmonton Corn Maze

What started as just a maze has turned into one of the most popular things for families in the Edmonton area to do. They’ve added jumping pillows, farm animals, pedal cars, potato cannons, tractor rides, a sunflower hide and seek area, and new this year a marketplace with local products such as honey, soaps, drinks and snacks.

Cost: General Admission: $12+gst Youth (ages5-11): $9+gst

Website: www.edmontoncornmaze.ca

Kraay Family Farm – Lacombe Corn Maze

This year is honouring the Canadian Finals Rodeo with it’s CFR inspired maze. “In honour of the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) inaugural appearance in Red Deer, the Kraay Family Farm is excited to announce that the 2018 corn maze design is CFR inspired. The maze covers over 15 acres and incorporates the Canadian Finals Rodeo logo featuring the fantastic saddle bronc, traditionally considered to be the “classic event” of the rodeo. In addition to the maze, the farm will incorporate the rodeo theme into the farm attractions and special events this year.” You will definitely need all day to get through all the activities at this Lacombe Corn Maze!

Cost: Adventure Pass (day pass plus enough tokens to try every activity once) $19.05+gst Individual Day Pass (ages 3-64) 14.29+gst Seniors 13.33+gst

Website: www.kraayfamilyfarm.com 

Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm – Bon Accord

This is one of the only mazes in the province with a mini maze (perfect for younger kids!) along with a regular 7 acre Mindbender Corn Maze. Just a short drive outside of Edmonton, Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm has straw bale mazes, farm animals, tractor & wagon rides, pumpkin cannon, gem mine, a garden center and more!

Cost: Toddler (0-2 years old): FREE, Youth: $$13.34+gst, Adult: $17.00+gst, Family 4-pack (2 adults & 2 children): $55.00+gst, Family 5-pack (2 adults & 3 children): $65.00+gst, Family 5-pack extra child: $13.00+gst,  FESTIVAL UPGRADE TO THE ADVENTURE PASS: Get the Adventure Pass. $23.81+gst per person. Includes the Day Pass plus wrist band to enjoy all Token Activities once.

Website: www.prairiegardens.org

Brooks Corn Maze

The Brooks Corn Maze is open only on weekends to the end of October.  Besides a maze they also have a magnetic fish pond, The Human Hamster, Pasture Putt Golf, The Corny Sandbox, lambs, bunnies and goats. You can also pick up a pumpkin or two while you are there!

Cost:  Adults (ages 13+) $10, Children (ages 5 to 12) $6, preschoolers are free.  There is a family pass for 2 adults and up to 3 children (ages 5 to 12) $30

Website: www.brookscornmaze.com

Cobb’s Adventure Park

Besides having a Corn Maze, Cobb’s Adventure Park has a kangaroo petting zoo! They also have a climbing wall, bouncy houses, pedal carts, tractor ride, giant slides, archery tag, zorbz, ropes course, and a black light minigolf course. Note that the cornfield of terror and other haunted attractions are only open in October.

Cost: General Admission $14 all ages. Does not include premium activities. Please visit their website here for a full description of pricing.

Website: www.cobbsadventurepark.com

Lethbridge Corn Maze

Not only do they have a corn maze, there is also a puzzle maze, a hedge maze, hayrides, a pumpkin slingshot, pumpkins, a 40 foot slide, cow train and a petting zoo! There are additional costs for activities so please check out their website for a full list of prices. 

Cost:  Adults $10.00, Seniors $9.00, Youths (6-17) $9.00, Children (3-5) $3.00 (incl feed, no further discounts), Children under 3 Free

Website: www.lethbridgecornmaze.com

Did we miss any? Have you been to any of these mazes? We always love hearing from our readers!

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Deanne Ferguson is the owner of Box Social Event Planning. When she is not planning fun, family, friendly events she is finding the yummiest food for the Edmonton Home and Garden Show Food Stage. She loves her #cocktailsMonday dates with her husband and chasing around her two boys. You can find her at @DeanneFerguson on Instagram and @BoxSocialYEG on Twitter

Ultimate List of Alberta Roadside Attractions

There is almost nothing better than a road trip, with the exception of going on a road trip and making a pit stop to see that world’s largest honeybee or a real-life UFO landing pad.

In honour of all things weird, here’s our ultimate list of all things roadside in Alberta.

 Andrew, Alberta

What to see: World’s Largest Mallard

Where to see it: Just off HWY 855 on 50th Avenue

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In Lifestyle, Recipe on
August 19, 2018

Farmers Market Salad

 

August is halfway done which means Farmers Markets (and maybe even your own garden!) are bursting with fresh, delicious produce. But what should you do with all these veggies once you bring them home? We’ve made the easiest salad using all market ingredients with a dressing so easy we guarantee you already have everything you need in your pantry. Not only is this recipe easy, it keeps in the fridge for a while making it the perfect make-ahead meal for BBQ’s, work lunches, and picnics in the park.

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Risky Play in Your Own Backyard

Risky Play has been one of those terms parenting experts have been throwing around a lot lately. I think we have all seen the video of the playground in New York where it looks like the kids are playing in a junkyard and no parents are around. The fun that the kids are having is apparent in their faces but we have yet to find a park like that in Alberta and realistically no one wants all that junk in the backyard.

A few weeks ago we posted on Instagram (If you aren’t already following us on Instagram you can do that here) a few videos of Deanne’s kids playing in the backyard with tree stumps and boards. We had so many questions about it that we decided to write a “how to” for you to bring more risky play into your backyard without it looking like a junkyard.

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Simple Ways to Curate Lasting Memories

Simple Ways to Curate Lasting Memories

At the centre of my childhood were simple experiences rich with texture and wrought with meaning.  It wasn’t until I was an adult that I was able to appreciate the beauty in the simple togetherness my mom wove into the fabric of our family.  Our family didn’t have a lot of money so my mom got creative.  I find myself using many of her ideas with my own children and I enjoy coming up with my own.  Time is the precious gift our children want above all.  Here are some of my favorite memory makers!  I would love to hear about yours.

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In Lifestyle, Parenting on
June 24, 2018

28 Things to Buy at The Dollar Store to Encourage Play

28 things to buy at the Dollar Store next time you are there:

In our backyard we leave a basket (basket not bucket so it has holes in it and drains when it rains so you don’t have to bring it inside) full of loose parts play. The kids can play with anything inside and everytime I go to the dollar store I grab a few more things to add to it. Above is the list of standard things that are put in.

The most important part of this is to let them lead! Don’t tell them how to use the items in the basket. Let them explore and play while you sit and finish that coffee while it’s still hot. You deserve it!

Box Social Event Planning

Deanne Ferguson is the owner of Box Social Event Planning. When she is not planning fun, family, friendly events she is finding the yummiest food for the Edmonton Home and Garden Show Food Stage. She loves her #cocktailsMonday dates with her husband and chasing around her two boys. You can find her at @DeanneFerguson on Instagram and @BoxSocialYEG on Twitter

5 Ways to Save This Summer

After what has seemed like a never-ending winter, summer has finally arrived! After being stuck inside all winter, Albertans definitely know how to take advantage of our short summer months. Along with longer days come festivals, food trucks, day trips and weekends exploring our beautiful province. The downside? All of these things can be financially draining for a family.

We love doing as many activities as we can in the summer months, but we want to do it on a budget! We’ve teamed up with Servus Credit Union to put together some of our favourite ways to save money this summer while still enjoying everything our province has to offer.

Frugality at food festivals

From food truck events to Taste of Edmonton or The Edmonton Heritage Festival, your food bill can add up quick. Save money by pre-purchasing tickets in advance at early bird pricing. Our family also likes to take a look at the menus ahead of time so we can plan what we would like to try once we arrive. This helps eliminate the feeling of being overwhelmed once you get there. Also, always pack a water bottle so you don’t have to buy one when we get there. This saves more tickets for dessert!

Day trips on a dime

Albertans have so many fun little spots in the province to take the family for the day to enjoy our beautiful landscape and it’s all for free! Pack a lunch and head out early to get a great picnic spot. Some of our favourite day trip spots (depending on where you live) are: Elk Island National Park, Kananaskis Upper & Lower Lake, Wabamun, Blackfalds (they have a great new outdoor pool area!), Discovery Canyon in Red Deer and Sylvan Lake.

Save money in the mountains

Planning a trip to the mountains? Great choice! Bring your bikes and enjoy the trails throughout Jasper and Banff as a free activity. Or, as soon as you get to town, stop by the Visitor Centre and talk to park staff about easy hikes for your children’s age and ability. They also have a ton of maps and resources for you to pick up, with many of them offering coupons for local restaurants. If you are at a National Historic Site such as Cave and Basin in Banff, ask the Canada Parks employee at the front desk for an activity book for the kids. Once the kids complete it they can return it to the front desk for a souvenir prize.

A family bicycling in Jasper

Staycation savings

We have so much going on in our city, you don’t even need to travel to enjoy summer! We love the events like the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival because of all the shows put on right in the streets. Park and ride the LRT or CTrain (which every kid loves riding!), and for a modest amount you can enjoy world-class performers from around the globe right in the heart of the city. Having snacks packed will keep younger children entertained while watching the shows, allowing everyone to enjoy the festival longer. If possible, try to get to larger festivals during the week to avoid larger crowds and lineups. The kids will enjoy it better if they can see the whole show unobstructed. If crowds aren’t your thing you can enjoy a staycation by simply finding a new spray park you haven’t been to yet! Stop off at your local grocery store (we love the Italian Centre) to pick up lunch from the deli and spend the day keeping cool in the water.

Wander your local farmers’ market

Farmers’ markets have started to pop up everywhere! Many of them have started bringing out activities for families to entice them to come out. From petting zoos and bouncy castles to bike tune-ups and live entertainment, you can easily spend the afternoon wandering the market. Look up your favorite market online or on Facebook to see any special events and activities they have coming up.

Want to test out some of our tips? We’ve listed some of our favourite events to attend below!

This article was written in partnership with Servus Credit Union. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own. #partner

We had the opportunity to talk about these and even other fun tips on the radio with Edmonton’s 630 Ched and Calgary Today as well as on Global Edmonton & Global Calgary!

Listen and Watch the spots below!

Edmonton

Calgary

Summer Bucket List – Red Deer

Calgary, Edmonton, Banff, Jasper, Drumheller and Red Deer? Yes! We often overlook Red Deer as a summer destination but we have discovered there is SO much to do in Red Deer and area. From great camping, lakes, rivers, outdoor water attractions, good food, and more; read below why we think adding Red Deer to your Summer Bucket List is a good idea!

Red Deer Summer Bucket List:

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In Explore, Parenting on
June 8, 2018

5 Tips For Taking Young Kids To Disneyland

Disneyland.

Even mentioning the word brings up feelings of magic, wonder, and happiness. Unless you are planning on dragging around kids under 6. Then all you hear when you think of Disneyland is: chaos, crying kids, and cash flying out your wallet. But we can help! Our family has been multiple times with young kids and have learned a lot. See our top 5 things you need when you’re taking your kids to Disneyland.

5 Things You NEED to Know:

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In Parenting on
May 6, 2018

DIY Bird Feeder You Can Make With The Kids

This week we made a bird feeder out of materials we had laying around.

With Earth Day being last weekend we have been talking a lot about the environment, recycling and nature. My 6 year old has been asking alllllll the questions. Why do people litter? Why do we throw away so much stuff? Why do we drive everywhere? You don’t realize the amount of waste you create until you have a kid in Grade One calling you out on every piece of plastic you throw away. I have been smuggling saran-wrap and ziploc bags into the garbage like a rum runner smuggling contraband booze in the 20’s.

So we decided to make a bird feeder with things we have laying around the house to a) give him something to do so I don’t have to answer questions about my non-compostable plastic containers and b) to show him that we can reuse and re-purpose things.

What you will need:

  • toilet paper roll
  • peanut butter
  • bird seed
  • patience – because they will want to do it all themselves

Step 1:

Gather supplies ahead of time before you tell your child you are making something. They are impatient and will ask you 10000000 questions while you are setting things up. Pour the bird seed onto a plate to make clean up easier. Don’t worry about cleaning off all the toilet paper off the roll. This isn’t Pinterest. No one has time for that.  *not noted on the supplies list but this would be a good time to make sure you have a glass of wine ready for after you make a mess with the kids. If you sit and drink the wine until your husband gets home he may even clean up for you*

Step 2:

Get them to cover the roll with peanut butter. This works on their fine motor skills, grasping and pinching muscles which help with writing. That is what you say to your husband when he comes home and sees peanut butter all over the counter and you are on the couch with the wine we mentioned above. You may have to hold the roll for them at the end so it does’t slip onto the floor. No one has time to mop. Unless you have a dog that will come clean up the mess on the floor. Then let the kid do the whole thing.

Step 3:

Roll the peanut butter covered roll in the birdseed pressing down so the seeds stick. Notice how long your kids’ fingernails are and how much dirt is under them. Add “bath time” to the list of things your husband needs to do while you help your self to another glass of wine after he gets home.

Step 4:

Thread the string through the tube and tie a knot so it can hang in the tree. This is great practice tying knots with your kids so they don’t end up wearing velcro shoes for the rest of their life. Nothing wrong with velcro – it is just really really hard to find velcro shoes when they get past size 3. I’m saving you time and money.

Step 5:

Take the cute picture to post later on Instagram to show everyone that you craft with your kids. #goals #instalove #blessed

Step 6:

Hang it in the tree in a spot they can see out the window so they aren’t asking you to lift them up a million times. Make sure they are inside to watch the birds eat. No bird will come to the bird feeder when an excited kid yells “BIRD! A BIRD IS HERE EATING! MOM I SEE A BIRD!” every time they come close.

Step 7:

Check the time. The husband is probably home soon so get that wine ready.