Mapleside Farms


Giant Pumpkin Wall

Last Saturday we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and head to Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, Ohio. Last fall was our first family visit to their Pumpkin Village, and it quickly became a family fall favorite. I learned from my experience last year that you can bypass the long entrance line by purchasing your tickets advance online. Simply walk to the area where they are handing out the wristbands and present your tickets to bypass the long ticket lines. We arrived about 1:30pm and left around 5pm and the entrance lines remained long the entire time. Last year we visited Mapleside Farms on a Sunday when Pumpkin Village closes at 6pm, and the village was much less crowded for the last hour and a half. I would recommend a Sunday visit for this reason or perhaps Friday after school. On Saturdays, Pumpkin Village is open until 10pm and we did not experience any decreased crowd levels at any time during our visit.


Giant Jumping Pillow

There are a lot of activities at the top of the hill before you enter the actual Pumpkin Village. One that is not to be missed is Ohio’s largest jumping pillow. Be sure to have your kids wear old shoes and socks because they will get stained. Kids must remove their shoes in order to jump (and believe me they will want to jump on this), and their socks will become embedded with sand which will in turn get embedded in their shoes. No big deal, just make sure they aren’t wearing their new(ish) school shoes. My kids jumped at least 5 times. The wait is short and it fun level is high!


Tire Slide

At the top of the hill there is also a large tire slide where the kids climb a pile of tires and slide down through a tube. Additional attractions include a large wooden swing setwith multiple elements and a rope spider web.  The spider web is made of large ropes that basically lie on the ground with a net between the ropes.  I think this element would be more fun for the kids if it were raised off the ground for climbing. There are no lines for these attractions. They have a playground, first come first serve, setup and can get crowded at times (except the spider web which was always empty, but great for photos). Pumpkin decorating was available for an additional fee which we bypassed.

For adults, there are several vendor tents at the top of the hill. We did not spend much time there other than to walk past on our way to the port-o-potties, but overall think home improvements, candles, and jewelry type items. The barn also has pre-picked apples, pumpkins, and other fall items available for purchase. In addition, there is a TON of delicious smelling food. We came for fun, not dining. However, with a quick glance I saw a large variety of food including BBQ, fried goodies, apple items, etc. I have heard there is a make your own carmel apple station as well. If you came to eat, it appeared you would have a great variety to choose from.

There was also a woman carving pumpkins and giving hints about pumpkin carving. My kids were not interested watching, but she did attract a large, engaged crowd and her pumpkins looked beautiful. Just walking past I learned that if you spray your Jack O’ Lanterns with Aqua Net (it has to be Aqua Net not another hair spray per the pumpkin lady) it will keep the squirrels from feasting on your pumpkins. I will definitely be giving that a try this year. We were at the farms during the Pumpkin Fest weekend (each weekend has a different theme), so I am not sure if the pumpkin lady is at the Pumpkin Village every weekend.  I cannot recall if we saw her there last year.


Looking up at the America’s Longest Slide from the corn maze

To access the remainder of the Pumpkin Village, you must travel down the hill. You can either choose to walk the hill or ride what is advertised as America’s longest slide.  In my opinion this is really not a choice, if you see a sign for America’s longest slide you must ride it. The line for the ‘Super Slide’ was long, but moved quickly.  In order to ride the slide (and I highly suggest you do), you sit on a piece of burlap and go. I believe that up to six people can slide at once in their own lanes. Although the slide is over 311 feet long, it is slow enough for small children to enjoy independently or on an adult’s lap.

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Maize-O-Poly Hole Punch Station

At the bottom of the hill are two corn mazes. There are 7 acres of corn maze available for exploration. We only explored one of the two mazes (the one on the right).  You can either walk the maze in the traditional manner or enjoy a game of Maize-O-Poly at no additional fee.  If you decide to play Maize-O-Poly you are given a Maize-O-Poly board and you search the maze for the hidden hole punch stations.  At each station you punch 1-3 squares on your game board and learn a few interesting facts.  After you finish the game, you enjoy your accomplishment. It appears they used to have stickers for maze completion as we saw several stuck to the hole punch station signs, but my kids were thrilled to have found all the stations and did not ask for any rewards or prizes.  When finished, you can exit the maze either by slide or by foot.  This slide is fast!


Slide exit at the end of the corn maze

After the maze, we headed to the cow and pig trains.  The line for this experience was long the entire time we were at the farms.  Luckily there is a small, cash-only, snack bar near the line. So we enjoyed some kettle corn while waiting about 40 minutes for the trains.  Kids (and adults if they would like) ride in small pig or cow cars pulled by a tractor around one of the corn mazes and past some orchards.  It seemed that most kids thought the long wait was worth it, but I cannot say the same for most of the adults.


Pig Train

At the bottom of the hill, there is hay to climb and a teepee to play in.  There is also a very small maze for the youngest kids to run around.  Every half hour during the afternoon they hold pig races.  After the pigs race, the kids enjoy feeding the pigs marshmallows.  There are also water pump toy duck races and a traditional hay ride.  We bypassed the hayride the year as the line was long and we had just gone on a hayride the night before.

Overall, we had an excellent afternoon at Mapleside Farms Pumpkin Village.  If you plan on visiting I would suggest avoiding Saturday afternoons unless you like crowds.  Also wear old comfortable shoes as there is a good amount of walking and the corn mazes could get muddy if it recently rained. Don’t forget to stop at the giant pumpkin wall for photos on your way out.  We can’t wait to return in 2016!

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