Okay the name of the farm is Pumpkinville but it’s actually located in Mitchellville, Iowa, a cute little town about 20 minutes northeast of Des Moines. Whenever we tell our friends and family back on the East Coast about the Des Moines area we readily mention the proximity to both urban and rural areas, all within twenty to thirty minutes. Mitchellville is on the more rural side but still close enough for a quick drive from our suburban neighborhood.
Like most places we visit, we just happened to stumble on this after a cursory Google search for corn mazes in the area. Pumpkinville has two cornmazes…a big one and a small one. The big one is twenty acres and each year features a different design. This year’s design is of King Kong. The idea isn’t to make your way through the maze but complete the scavenger hunt inside. For each paid entrance you receive a ticket that has shapes along the border. To complete the scavenger hunt you need to locate the corresponding hole punches and punch through your card. There’s twenty in all and as of our visit at the end of September only three people had completed the maze.
We paid for our tickets…a total of $21 with two adults and two kids, ages six and four…and off we went. The maze was laid out really well, I’m always curious how the farmers plant their corn in line with the maze design. The paths were clear and the corn was in great shape. We took our time walking through the maze, letting each kid a turn to make the decision which direction we would head next. Within ten minutes we found our first punch and over the next hour we found an additional ten more punches.
The kids were starting to get antsy for a change of scenery so we left the maze with eleven punches. The woman who sold us the tickets was impressed we did so well in a short amount of time with two small kids.
While the cornmaze is a big attraction, it’s not the only thing to do at the farm; far from it in fact. After we came out of the maze the kids headed into the barn to jump in the hay for a while. It was nothing fancy…just a huge pile of hay and a loft to jump from but the kids loved it, probably because it was so simple. After over a half hour of jumping, we checked out some of the other activities such as the tug of rope, sack races, and hay trains.
After that we headed over to the market side of the farmer to take a look at pumpkins. A quick glance at the prices and the quality of the pumpkins and I asked Tim to go get a cart because we were loading up. The most expensive pumpkin I saw under twenty dollars and it was HUGE! We ended up with four pumpkins for $21. We loaded them into the truck while the kids played on the swing sets and other outdoor toys the farm had set up.
We thought we’d head out after a few minutes on the outdoor toys but then caught wind that there was a tractor ride out to the fields and we couldn’t pass up a tractor ride at a farm, especially for Jack. The farmer stopped the ride for about ten minutes so people could select their pumpkins straight out of the patch if they wanted to and then we were driven back up front. The kids played on the outdoor toys some more and had their first experience in a corn pool.
What we thought was going to be an hour or two at a corn maze turned into an entire afternoon at the farm all for a grand total of $42 and that’s including pumpkins we took home and a corn maze we can go back to and attempt to complete our scavenger hunt. And of course two exhausted kids.
Location: Pumpkinville Farm & Corn Maze, Mitchellville, IA
Date: September 30, 2017
Cost: $7 per adult, $1 per child 3-6, free for child under 3