The Treinen household is always a little crazy at this time of the year. Like any family with kids, there’s the back-to-school conversations (what do you need for school supplies, what teachers do you have, do you really need new soccer cleats and when will you stop growing…) and the end-of-summer conversations (can we fit in one more visit to Grandma and Grandpa, when are you going to start going to bed at a reasonable hour…)

Here at the farm, we also have the many, many conversations about how preparations for fall are coming (which employees are coming back, do we have corn for the corn pit, what prizes will we have for the secret locations…)

Angie Treinen  directing Alan Treinen

This is how this usually goes: “No, the dirt should go over there!”

But the thing we all look forward to every year is the Big Question: What are we going to add for 2015 that will be fun? Fun for kids, fun for adults.  We go to conventions to look for ideas (yes, there is such a thing as a Corn Maze Convention!); we talk to other people with agritainment farms; we go to amusement parks and zoos and museums and pay attention to what works and what doesn’t.

No spoilers yet–we’re in the process of creating an amazing fall 2015 experience. I’ll post more photos as the project moves along–stay tuned.

There are packages of fun arriving every day

There are packages of fun arriving every day

Naughty dog stealing fun from the packages

Naughty dog stealing fun from the packages