Maze raising funds for HUB
9/26/2013 1:59:05 PM
By Jocelyn Stott
Bring the kids and grandpa, too: the HUB Sports Center Corn Maze, off Barker Road and I-90 north of the freeway, offers 10 acres of three sports-themed mazes in varying lengths with 18 prize stations where navigators young and old can get great deals at local businesses.
And, if you're feeling brave, check out the Haunted Trail of Fear beginning Friday and Saturday nights in October.
The maze was designed by Phil Champlin, executive director of the HUB Sports Center, with help from corn maze design company Maze Play. The HUB maze features a baseball and basketball player, volleyball, football and soccer ball within its design.
Champlin said the autumn maze is a fundraiser for the nonprofit sports facility's programs, like Hub 360 and other programs to support local families.
The after-school program HUB 360 supports middle schoolers from Greenacres Middle School with mentor-driven activities, including tutoring, skills building and physical activity.
The great thing about the maze, Champlin said, is that families and groups can choose the distance and/or how much they want to do.
IF YOU GO: CORN MAZE
What: Three sports-themed corn mazes on 10 acres
Where: Near HUB Sports Center off Barker Road and I-90
Who: All ages for corn maze. Small children not advised on the Haunted Trail of Fear
When: Corn Maze: Fridays 5-8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays noon to 5 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays open until 10 p.m. in October.)
Haunted Trail of Fear: 6 to 11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays in October. (Exceptions: Oct. 24, 27, 31 maze closes at 10 p.m.)
Why: To have fall family fun and support the nonprofit HUB Sports Center
Cost: $9 for adults/teens; $6 children 5-12 and seniors and children four and under are free. The Haunted Trail of Fear prices are: $10 for adults/teens; $7 for children 5-12 and seniors and children under 4 not advised to participate.
"They'll be getting exercise and interaction together, maybe without even realizing it simply because it's fun and engaging," he said.
Several local businesses have sponsored the maze by offering rewards at 18 stations, where maze-goers can punch a map card as they find each location. Rewards can include discounts on frozen yogurt, pizza, coffee, golf and much more.
The maze runs through October. Group rates and times are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For information and directions, visit www.hubsportscenter.org