A recently discovered alternative to the indoors, going "outside" offers adventurous explorers exposure to things such as wind, sunshine, and the naturally occurring mazes found in corn fields. Leave the indoors with today's Groupon: for $6, you get two corn-maze admissions (up to a $12 value) at Camp Fontanelle in Fontanelle, which is roughly 70 miles from Lincoln and 50 miles from Omaha. The corn maze closes October 31.
The Camp Fontanelle crew has used their wide expanse of recreational farmland and natural mirth to entertain families, schools, church communities, and orphaned android scarecrows for more than 50 years. Just in time for fall harvest and plastic-scythe season, 10 winding acres of tall stalks await agricultural problem solvers at the camp's custom corn MAiZE. Grab a friend, child, or nearby cartographer to collectively decode the kernel labyrinth's breezy outdoor challenge, which normally takes about an hour to navigate. If a more interactive experience beckons, the friendly Camp Fontanelle staff can convert the field into a scavenger hunt, or stop by Saturday, October 23; Friday, October 29; or Saturday, October 30, for a haunted spin through the maze.
Trent Meyer and Derek Bergman are committed members of the United Methodist Church, and sometimes choose to practice their faith through tree climbing, zip lining, swimming, and laser tag. They direct the United Methodist-run Camp Fontanelle, a year-round outdoor camp sprawled across more than 180 wooded acres of donated land. Both Trent and Derek draw from backgrounds as campers—and Trent from six years as a teacher—to lead summer camps for preschool through high-school students. They lead a team of camp counselors who coordinate harnessed-rope tree climbing, activities on low-ropes courses, archery lessons, and outdoor laser-tag matches.
They also draw visitors at different times of year with water slides, a 35'x65' jumping pillow and bounce houses, a petting barn filled with alpacas and goats, and pony rides. During the autumn-harvest season, they unveil the annual theme of a 10-acre corn maze filled with 5 miles of trails. A 3-acre pumpkin patch contains small and large carving pumpkins, gourds, mums, and Indian corn, which visitors can harvest and stuff into a large, horn-shaped wicker basket.