The properties of lasers make them useful for lots of things. They're also good for having fun; at Maze Craze, they shoot across a complex arena or serve as triggers in a puzzle. The complex properties of light also contribute to the Midwest's only mirror maze, a colorful course full of possible missteps, projections, and music.
Patrons channel their inner spy at the laser maze, where they must crawl, slither, and climb through thin green lasers; tripping one won't hurt, but it will sound an alarm and add time to your total score. Last but never least is laser tag, which outfits combatants with cord-free laser weaponry and vests in a challenging, black-lit arena. Games last 7 minute each, leaving time between to don armor or think of laser-related one liners. See the Maze Craze's FAQ page for more information.
On their family-focused farm, Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch owners Kevin and Angie Scharig usually leave the corn mazes to the experts. Come early September, the Scharigs feature a variety of autumnal family activities, from zipline and barrel-train rides to steer roping and pumpkin picking.
Under the glow of the harvest moon, groups stumble through 10 acres of haunted woods and a half mile of labyrinthine paths. Along the journey, various thrills pepper the trails, testing each traveler’s ability to stare danger in the face, hold its gaze, and kiss it on the forehead.
Dark things happen inside C.O.R.N.'s haunted maze. Unspeakable creatures roam its depths, searching for lost souls or those who don't find the path out quickly enough. The maze is lit by the moonlight from 8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on weekends, but with hours of 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on All Hallows Eve. While guests get out safely, the memory of what they've seen lingers, much like that jack-o-lantern that somehow stays on the porch for four weeks after Halloween.
Adults and kids immerse themselves in southwest Missouri’s natural beauty at Indian Point Family Fun Park, where tree-skimming ziplines are supplemented with a grocery convenience store. A recent expansion more than doubled Indian Point Zipline's length. Its six ziplines employ a sitting harness trolley system that safely secures riders as they zoom 2,700 feet through the forest and receive picturesque—albeit slightly motion-blurred—views of the treetops.
Much like the famous cartoon from which its name is taken, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Resort is full of adventures, wooded areas, and appearances by Hannah Barbara's iconic bear. Unlike the cartoon, however, the 35-acre resort houses a slew of other activities such as a video arcade, swimming pool, mini golf course, horseshoe pit, and playground area where not a single pic-a-nic basket has ever been stolen. Weekly themed events also delight visitors with even more activities, such as holiday egg hunts and talent shows.
For those looking to stay overnight, the resort has three separate camping sites; cottages for larger families in search of home-like housing, cabins that give vacationers a more rustic getaway; and flashlight-friendly rental tents for those who want to get serious about their career in shadow puppetry.