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 $8, you get two general-admission tickets to Ellms Family Farm in Ballston Spa. The Farm is open every Saturday and Sunday, and on other select dates. This Groupon expires Oct. 30, 2010.
Ellms Family Farm celebrates the season with a bevy of family-friendly outdoor playtivities. General-admission tickets get you access to a hay ride, the pumpkin patch, the MooMooChooChoo, a cow wagon ride that glides through the barnyard and around the base of the Grand Canyon, the jumping pillow, a family-friendly bouncy device, the box of kernels, which lets children play with toy tractors and real Nolan Ryan rookie cards on a heap of corn bits, and more. For an additional cost, you can also explore the Wizard of Oz Amazing Maize Maze (up to $2), which places you in an Oz-themed labyrinth to solve corn puzzle questions and listen to music composed by a person hitting two corn cobs together rhythmically.
Ellms Family Farm
There’s a fire in the field and only one way out. Unfortunately, that way is twisted and riddled with dead-ends. But at the end, past 5 acres of carved paths and corn-themed puzzles, past thousands of stalks of corn swaying in the wind, past delirious visions of poker-playing scarecrows, is an interactive corn maize. Ellms Family Farm’s interactive Amazing Maize maze, an obstacle that carries on pastoral autumn traditions with roughly 90 minutes of music and fun. Yet this maze is just one way that the Ellms family celebrates the changing season—it also serves up crispy apple-cider donuts, lobs wee ones into the air on the farm-favorite Jumping Pillow, and treats guests to a number of other themed activities it has developed over the years.
The farm’s history stretches back to 1984, when Chip and Sally Ellms planted their first batch of Christmas trees and began inviting visitors to stop by and admire the easy wind and downy flakes of winter. As the family grew, the farm kept pace, expanding to cover more than 200 acres and incorporate activities that help guests celebrate autumn as well. Throughout the harvest season, guests flock to the fields to play conductor or coal shoveler on the MooMooChooChoo train or pick out fresh pumpkins in the patch.
448 Charlton Rd.
Ballston Spa, New York 12020Get Directions