Springdale Farm Corn Maze
1638 South Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ, 08003
Last week I mentioned a new item on my list which was the Springdale Farm Flashlight Fridays Corn Maze in Cherry Hill, NJ. The corn maze runs on the weekends through November 4th but every Friday through October 5th they are doing flashlight nights! Depending on the stage and level of fussiness your family is currently in I DO recommend you check this out. We did not complete the maze and we stayed for about 30-45 minutes but the boys had a great time and by the time we got home it was time for bath and bed…imagine that.
Here is what to expect…
You know it is crazy over here when the easiest part of my day is taking the boys to a giant complicated corn maze at night. There was no traffic so it took us only 26 minutes to get to Springdale Farm from NoLibs. This year the maze theme is a train. Which you can see from the air but not from the ground. So this is something that will totally go unnoticed by your toddlers but not your older kids. But kids 4 are free so the boys cost me nothing and I love a challenge.
Since the boys are little and this is everyone’s first corn maze I wanted to start while it was light out so we arrived at 6:30 pm. With a diaper bag packed to the top with flashlights, glow sticks, sweatshirts, snacks and water. I was not sure what to expect so I backed the basics and their favorites. You enter the maze over a big bridge and before you start they explain to you how the maze works and that Tom will be up in the tower if you need help getting out. Each of the kids also gets a map, corn maze glasses and a crayon. Throughout the maze there are little stations. The station is a post with a train fact and you can also do a train rubbing on your maze (hence the crayon they give you at begining.) Being the corn maze rookies we are we did not find many of these but the boys did enjoy finding them when we could.
Since we showed up early the maze was empty and we had the place to ourselves. We ran around the maze getting lost, running ahead, hiding and jumping out at each other. The corn maze is probably 8 ft high and it is impossible to see anything but the path in front of you and behind you. The ground is a bit bumpy from the tractor track grooves but it not major. Ollie falls a lot in general and he did pretty good here so if you have a new walker it might be a challenge but not a deal breaker. You also could get away with a stroller if it is a Revolution Bob but an umbrella stroller is not a good idea. You just have to carry it over the starting bridge.
As it started to get darker the boys started to lose interest and thankfully we found the big green bridge in the middle of corn maze. Once you hit this bridge Tom, (a Grandpa like gentleman) who had been watching our failures and successes this entire time gives us some unsolicited feedback. He also gave us our options. He told us we were 1/3 of the way through and we could go left and do the maze for another hour at least OR we could go right and do the “emergency” exit and be out in a few minutes. I really think Tom thought we were going to go for it but by this time both boys were on our shoulders and we were in full sherpa mode. Feeling accomplished, weighed down and not looking for trouble we opted for the “emergency” exit.
Overall I really liked it and it was fun to run around. The boys were too little to really get into it but when they are about 5 years old I think they will be in corn maze heaven. I think anyone 5 and up would love this. The maze is a really cool challenge if you don’t have a nap or bedtime to get in the way. However, I am not saying this is our last corn maze of the season. I really want to try one on my own…I won’t get to but I am kinda into it now. This was our first time at Springdale and I could see they don’t have as much to offer for kids as Johnson’s Farm but I would go to another event there. It seems well managed and calm. You know the exact opposite of my house. I say that with love.
Good to know:
- Pay inside at the Farmer’s Market at the booth labeled Tickets.
- They can accept credit cards for the maze but they will have to walk it over to the main cash register so pay with cash to avoid delays.
- The teens at Springdale are really nice and smiley. *When it comes to the teen worker nice meter. Johnson’s has the best teens, Springdale #2 and Linvilla’s….not so much.
- Pack snacks and water. You are going to be lost the whole time.
- Bring your own flashlights since you are doing it at night.
- Wear durable shoes / sneakers. They will get a little dirty.
- Adults (Age 13+) $10.00 Plus tax
Youths (Age 4-12) $8.50 Plus tax
- If you own head lamps (which we totally do) this would be a perfect place to use them.
- By 7:30 pm it is dark.
- I get the impression this place gets busy with teens the later it gets but I also get the impression Tom in the towers is there to regulate.