Last fall, I went on a “field trip” with one of my teams at work. We went to a place called Sever’s Corn Maze. Any local Minnesotans probably have heard of it, but for the non-locals, it is what it sounds like, a maze cut from a corn field. There is also an exotic petting zoo, a giant inflatable jumpie trampoline, a huge pit filled with dried corn kernels that you can basically swim in, and a place where you can shoot small pumpkins at a target from a large cannon-like mechanism. Oh, and there are also mini-donuts…it’s a pretty fun place.
However, when we were planning it, I just kept thinking to myself, “I am a 40-year old woman. What kind of fun will I have there? It’s more of a place that I’d bring my kids.” But hey, it was a day off work, outside on a nice fall day, and remember those mini-donuts? So I went.
And let me tell you, it was a blast. I ran around like a small child, petting kangaroos, swinging (not so successfully) from a rope swing into a pool of corn, shooting pumpkins (also not so successfully), tearing my shoes off to jump on the trampoline, and yelling “MARCO!” “POLO!” when we were all accidentally separated from each other in the corn maze. I even successfully completed a full course of monkey bars over the corn pool. There was also a giant slide, caramel apples, and of course, mini-donuts.
When I go to places like this with my children, I normally sit on the sidelines, making sure they are having fun, behaving themselves, being safe, etc. But what’s stopping me from doing all of these things with them? Why can’t I act like a kid with my kids?
So the next time I take my kids to Sever’s, I will jump, swing, shoot, and slide, and I will also make sure they are having fun, behaving, and staying safe. Because as parents, we don’t just have to be bystanders….we can always join in on the fun!