Albuquerque Maize Maze 2012

September 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Attractions, Kids

The Albuquerque Maize Maze is dubbed Leap n’ Maze this year, with a whole froggy theme going on until October 31, 2012.  I mentioned this just before they opened and I went on the opening day, so now I’ve got more information for you.

The Rio Grande Community Farm 7-acre corn maze leaps is cut into a frog shape this year and they’ve also teamed up with the ABQ BioPark. If you pick up the Leap ‘n Maze leaflet while you’re at the maze (like I did) and get it stamped, you can get a Buy One Get One Free BioPark admission, valid until December 31, 2012.  The leaflet also has a game on the back to spot photos of amphibians scattered throughout the maze and guess whether each critter is native to New Mexico or not.

For this 2012 season, the maze is not open every day to the public, just from Friday to Sunday. Other weekdays are for groups who schedule in advance, such as school groups, family reunions, or club and company outings.

Activities over the 2012 maze season include hay bales to climb on (they abandoned the planned 20 foot slide due to concerns about safety after hours when no one is in attendance) and visits from farm animals and ABQ BioPark Zoo’s BioVan.  

Admission to the Albuquerque Maize Maze 2012 is $7 for adults (aged 12+), $5 for kids aged 3-11, and it’s free for kids aged 2 and under.

The corn was very tall (Mr Cheap is well over 6 foot tall and it towered over him) and it was fun to tramp around the maze field, but I do wonder if the admission price is a deterrent for families. I didn’t mind paying $14 for the two of us and I really want to support the Rio Grande Community Farm as it’s such a wonderful place in the city, but if you’re a family with kids the maze admission adds up. For the same money (or less for kids) you can have an entire day out at the Zoo or Aquarium.

What do you think about the value for money at the Maize Maze? Is it worth it to you for this seasonal experience? Let us know in the comment box below.  

Special events at the 2012 Maize Maze are:

  • The evening Moonlight Maze is on September 29 and October 27 and 28.
  • The Pumpkin Patch returns in October.
  • The Haunted Maze is on October 26 to 28 and October 31.

If you’re a stickler for punctuation, please don’t correct me for how I’m spelling their name. It’s spelled Leap n’ Maze on their website and as Leap ‘n Maze in the leaflet. The apostrophe placement doesn’t make sense to me either way.

Albuquerque Maize Maze 2012

  • When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday to October 31
  • Time:  Fridays from 3 pm – 9 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 9 pm. Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm
  • Where: Rio Grande Community Farm, access at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space, 1701 Montano Road NW. (1.1 miles west of 4th Street.)
  • Admission: $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under.

Rio Grande Community Farm is a non profit partnered with the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Division.

–Tania


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6 Responses to “Albuquerque Maize Maze 2012”
  1. Kristalyn says:

    I have 3 boys ages 3,5, and 7. my 7 yr old LOVED it last year so i really want to take him. because of the price i will probably leave my 3 yr old at home with daddy and just take my two oldest. i don’t think the price should be $5 beginning at age 3. i think it should be $5 starting at age 5 since my 3 yr old will be bored and tired w/in minutes. we certainly can’t afford to take all 5 of us. thank you for your site. i find it very helpful and use it often for good deals or just to be informed on local events.

  2. Sarah says:

    I do think the maze is too expensive. Before I had kids I would have been willing to pay the admission, especially to benefit the community farm, but now that I have them, ironically, I feel like I can’t justify the price within our budget.

  3. Tania says:

    Hi Jen, no, I didn’t mention the BOGO BioPark admission in my first post because I didn’t know about it till I got there. They’re not making much of a noise about it and it was only because I had my ‘looking for deals’ hat on at the maze that I read the leaflet and asked about it and one of the volunteers signed it for me. It would be easy to miss. The goats were cute, weren’t they?
    Thanks for your comment Jen, and thanks for your kind words too.

  4. Tania says:

    Jennifer, is the Corrales farm you mention Wagner’s Farmland Experience? If so, I didn’t realize a pumpkin was included with admission, I thought you had to pay extra for pumpkins. I’ll check that out. Or maybe it’s another farm? Thanks for your feedback. Yes, the Maize Maze money DOES go to a good cause. To quote: “Proceeds from the Maze fund the special programs that support education, wildlife, and our community.”

  5. Jen says:

    Tania, I took my daughter and a friend of hers (both 8 year olds) to the Maize Maze along with my best friend & her 2 kids a couple of weekends ago when they first opened. As a family outing I did feel like it was a little on the pricey side but, I’m always looking for new stuff to entertain my munchkin & they had an awful lot of fun jumping off the hay bails & attempting to be goat whisperers after we (finally) found our way out of the corn. :-)

    I wish I would have known about BOGO on BioPark admission (if you mentioned it in your 1st post about the Maze I missed it and nobody @ the Maze itself mentioned it either) because we picked up a couple of copies of the leaflet/map & are actually (tentatively) planning a trip to the BioPark this weekend.

    So, I guess in conclusion I’d say it’s okay if there’s just a few of you however, it might be a bit of a deterrent for larger families. BUT, if you throw in the BOGO BioPark admission then I think it makes it much more appealing to families of all sizes.

    Thanks for all the effort you put into your site, it shows and we Burquenos certainly appreciate it! :-) Have a great day!

  6. Jennifer Lind says:

    It seems a bit pricey for what it is: Walking around in a field of corn, getting lost. My kids love it, but I’m not a huge fan to begin with. Since you’re probably passing on info, there’s a farm up in Corralles that has one too but you get a pumpkin with your admission. It doesn’t have the hunt so it’s not quite as fun but it seems about the same size. When you visit this maze, there aren’t a lot of people working so I wouldn’t think they’re overhead is huge that they need such a high price. Now, if the price supports the open space farm or any of the specific programs the community farm operates, I have absolutely no problem with paying $17 for my family of three to go. :)

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