Maan Farms is a farm in Abbotsford with a fruit and vegetable stand, small petting zoo, children’s playground, and fall pumpkin patch and corn maze.
From mid-August until mid-September the Abbotsford Sunflower Festival takes place at Maan Farms. Later in autumn there is a Pumpkin Patch and other family-friendly Halloween attractions (plus the very scary Haunted Corn Maze for older folk). The venue has other special seasonal events too, like at Easter and Mother’s Day. The farm also sells fruits, vegetables, wine and homemade food products onsite, and its Barnyard Adventureland play area is also open most of the year.
For information about the venue in general, see the Maan Farms website.
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Maan Farms in the Fraser Valley
Located at 790 McKenzie Road, Maan Farms is a family-owned Fraser Valley farm that’s a great place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and take children for some fun.
The place is open from early April until early November each year, with produce available for sale starting in late May. Sometimes it’s even open just before Christmas too.
As a play place, Maan Farms is really good. It’s got a country look and rustic style as you’d expect from a farm. The petting zoo is a fair size and most of the play apparatus is hand built by the owners. Young children love it, and it’s a popular self-contained place that’s ideal for holding birthday parties for kids.
If you’re passing through the Abbotsford area and if you have young children and/or want good quality fresh produce, then it’s a great place to visit. It’s a farm with old-fashioned fun activities, plus some little extras (like their cool giant jumping pillow).
Admission to Maan Farms
Admission prices to Maan Farms vary a bit according to the season and event, although the market area is always free.
To access Barnyard Adventureland, which includes all the play structures and petting zoo area, the prices were as follows the last time we checked:
- General Admission (ages 3+): $9.95
- Parent Admission (with a paid child): $7.95
- Little Kids (ages 2 and under): free
Admission rates to special events vary. Tickets to the Sunflower Festival in 2020, for example, ranged between $10 and $22 depending on your age, when you went and whether you purchased your tickets online in advance or at the gate on the day.
Activities at Maan Farms
In addition to its country store where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables (in season), baked goods, wine, jams and chili sauces, Maan Farms offers numerous things to do for young children. Below is a list of the activities you’ll find.
Depending on what you do and how much fun you have, expect to enjoy the attractions for anywhere between 30 minutes and all afternoon.
The Country Market
Maan Farms has a nice little country market where they sell their produce, as well as baked goods, homemade jams and wines.
The place is especially famous for their berries in the summer and pumpkins in the fall, although they do offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the spring-to-fall seasons.
The majority of produce sold at the Country Market is from their own farm and most of the preserves and other prepared goods are made right on site.
Strawberries are the first crop of the season and available starting in late May, followed by other berries in early summer, and then produce like corn and pumpkins in autumn. You’ll find the fresh produce in their store. Alternatively, in some cases, you can save money, have fun and head out to the fields to pick your own!
Maan Farms Wine Tasting
In addition to things like homemade preserves, curries and fudge, Maan Farms also produces its own selection of award-winning grape and berry wines. Tastings are free for folk ages 19+ at the back of the Country Market (or at least they used to be).
The wines are exceptional. Their blackberry, raspberry, blueberry and strawberry dessert wines are all delicious and cost around $25 (plus or minus), and their Maan Trois wine won gold at a New York competition in 2016.
For other wine-tasting opportunities in the area, see Lower Mainland Wineries.
Barnyard Adventureland Farm Animals & Play Structures
The adventure zone at Maan Farms is lots of fun, both for very little kids and slightly older children. It features a huge bouncy pillow that people can jump on (including most adults), as well as a playground zipline, pedal cart race track and large wooden play fort.
The jumping pillow is pretty cool – kind of like a regular bouncy castle, but larger and without the walls. For a play structure, the play fort is a pretty good one, and the pedal bike race track can be fun – not as exciting or fast as a motorized go-kart track, but cheaper, safer and better exercise!
The zipline at Maan Farms is also a great one. It’s not too far off the ground, and it goes for a good long ways. It’s a simple, old-fashioned style, so a perfect fit for the farm! There is a platform you climb up. From there you grab onto the rope, hang on tight and then go zipping down! You then pull the rope back up for the next person.
In addition to the other play structures, near the entrance to Barnyard Adventureland and the farm animals, there is also a play area with a “rustically unique” slide, a sand pit for young folk, and small stationary tractors to play on. It’s all completely enclosed, so a great place for young children. It’s like playing in a giant sandbox!
An especially nice thing about the Barnyard Adventureland at Maan Farms is that there are usually no time restrictions or limits on how many times you can do things. On busy days you might have to wait your turn in line, but if you want to go on the zipline or jumping pillow again and again all day, you can! And everything is included – you don’t have to pay extra or use tickets to go on things.
Maan Farms Petting Zoo
At Maan Farms there is a hobby farm area with a collection of animals including sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, peacocks and rabbits that children can see, and in some cases both touch and feed. (Note: Actual animals on site may vary.) The petting zoo is part of Barnyard Adventureland mentioned above and included with the same admission price.
The animal area is a fair size. The farm animals are used to people, and many of them come right up to the fence to say hi (and accept food that can be purchased in the store). Animals are able to walk along the ground close to people, but also climb up and along areas further back and even overhead. In some cases, animals like the chickens and rabbits will even roam around freely.
The petting zoo area is a great place for young children and photo opportunities.
Seasonal Attractions at Maan Farms
Easter at Maan Farms
Maan Farms’ Easter Egg-Stravaganza event takes place over all four days of the Easter Long Weekend most years. In 2019 it ran on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Admission in 2019 was $12.50. Parents were free.
Activities at the Easter event usually include an egg hunt, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, goodie bags for kids, access to the venue’s regular attractions and face painting by donation. Also, each day in 2018, a golden egg was hidden somewhere on the property. Whoever found it got a bonus prize!
In years with good weather, up to 5000 people can attend over the course of the 4-day weekend. It’s a popular event!
Abbotsford Sunflower Festival
In 2020 Maan Farms is hosting its first ever Sunflower Festival which features a field of beautiful sunflowers. Included with admission to the festival is access to the corn maze and Barnyard Adventureland. Because it includes admission to the corn maze, petting zoo and kids’ play structures, the event is especially recommended for young families with elementary school-aged children.
The Sunflower Festival runs from August 19th until September 13th in 2020. It’s open most days from 9 am until 5 pm. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, however, it stays open for an extra three hours, so until 8 pm. Golden Hour also takes place on Wednesday mornings from 6 until 9 am for sunrise photo opportunities, and on Friday evenings from 5 until 8 pm for sunset visits. Admission during Golden Hours cost $75 for photographers.
General admission to the Sunflower Festival for adults on weekdays is $15 online or $20 at the gate. Rates cost $2 extra for adults on weekends. Tickets for children cost either $10 online or $12 at the gate every day of the week.
Halloween at Maan Farms
From August until the end of October, Maan Farms has a corn maze which can be fun. From late September until the end of October it also has a Pumpkin Patch where you can pick out your own Halloween pumpkin, and in October in recent years it has had both a Flashlight Corn Maze and a Haunted Corn Maze.
The pumpkin patch and regular maze are great for young children. They aren’t scary. The Haunted Corn Maze, however, is for older folk who want to get seriously freaked out! Maan Farms claims to have “the scariest corn maze in Canada,” so don’t say you haven’t been warned!
With the Haunted Corn Maze, hiding around the labyrinth of corn stalks there are gory scenes, plus live actors who might jump out at you, but never touch you. It’s not for the faint of heart!
Tips & Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit to Maan Farms.
TIP #1: The best times to visit Maan Farms are on sunny days between June and October when there is fresh produce for sale, the place is at its most beautiful, and the outdoor play structures are all (usually) nice and dry.
TIP #2: Unless it’s just the Country Market and its produce that you’re going for, go on a dry day if you can. If it’s raining the ground can get muddy in parts and the jumping pillow in the Barnyard Adventureland can’t be used if it’s wet, which can be disappointing. If going in the corn maze or pumpkin patch if it has rained in the previous number of days, be sure to wear your boots.
TIP #3: The wines in the Country Market are really good, as are the jams, pies and other homemade food items.
TIP #4: Look out for Maan Farms at Lower Mainland Farmers Markets on weekends. They participate at several of them. We’ve seen them with their berries at the markets in Fort Langley and Trout Lake, among others places.
For more information about the Abbotsford farm, see the Maan Farms website.
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