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.
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.
As a play place, Maan Farms isn’t fancy, but it’s good. The petting zoo is small 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, 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).
Activities at Maan Farms
In addition to its country store where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables (in season), baked goods, jams and chili sauces, Maan Farms offers numerous things to do for young children. Below is a list of the things 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 even wines.
The place is especially famous for their berries in the summer and pumpkins in the fall, although they offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the spring-to-fall season.
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 the fall.
At Maan Farms there is also a small petting zoo with a collection of farm animals including sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, peacocks, llamas and rabbits that children can see, and in some cases both touch and feed.
The Adventure Zone at Maan Farms is interesting, and perhaps especially so for slightly older children. It features a huge bouncy pillow that people can jump on (including most adults), as well as a playground zip line, pedal cart racetrack 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 and better exercise!
There is also an older and simple play area at Maan Farms with a couple of “rustically unique” slides, a sand pit for young folk, and small stationery tractors to play on. It’s all completely enclosed, so a great place for young children.
Maan Farms also offers wagon rides at different times of the year which make for a fun farm experience.
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 folks ages 19+. Their blackberry, raspberry, blueberry and strawberry dessert wines are all delicious and cost about $23, 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.
Easter at Maan Farms
Maan Farms’ Easter Egg-Stravaganza event takes place over the Easter Weekend most years. In 2018 it ran daily between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm and admission for children was $9 in advance and $10 on the day (plus taxes). Up to two accompanying parents per paying child were free.
Activities at the Easter event 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 can attend over the course of the 4-day weekend.
Halloween at Maan Farms
From August until the end of October, Maan Farms has a corn maze, which can be fun. From September to October it also has a pumpkin patch where you can pick out your own Halloween pumpkin, and in October most years it has both a Flashlight Corn Maze and a Haunted Corn Maze.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit to Maan Farms.
TIP #1: If going in the corn maze or pumpkin patch in the fall, and if it has rained in the last number of days, be sure to wear your boots.
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 can’t be used if it’s wet, which can be disappointing.
TIP #3: 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 nice and dry.
Admission to Maan Farms
Admission prices to Maan Farms vary a bit according to the season, although the market area is always free.
In the fall of 2017 they charged $8.50 for parents and $10.50 for children for access to all the regular family attractions. In summer, access to the play areas costs closer to $9 for children and $5 or less for adults. Family passes for 2 adults and their own children cost around $35, and seasons passes are also available.
During evenings around the month of October Maan Farms offers its Flashlight Corn Maze and Haunted Corn Maze attractions.
In 2017 the Flashlight Corn Maze cost $12 (plus GST), the Haunted Corn Maze cost $20, and a “Combo Pack” for both attractions cost $25.
TIP: If looking for Halloween activities, also check out Lower Mainland’s Haunted Houses.
For more information, see the Maan Farms website.
Other Attractions in the Area
Other places of interest in the Fraser Valley suitable for families with children include the following:
- Canadian Museum of Flight – a small but interesting airplane museum in Langley.
- Castle Fun Park – mini-golf, go carts, bumper cars, batting cages and more in Abbotsford.
- Chilliwack Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm – another farm with things to do and see in the fall, but located in Chilliwack.
- Chuck E. Cheese – a restaurant and games centre for young children in Langley.
- Cultus Lake Adventure Park – a mini-Disneyland-like place at Cultus Lake that’s open in the summer.
- Cultus Lake Waterpark – the Lower Mainland’s largest water slide park and a great place in the summer.
- Extreme Air Park – an indoor trampoline place in Langley.
- Fort Langley – a picturesque town and historic site.
- Greater Vancouver Zoo – a great place to see animals in Aldergrove.
- Kilby Historic Site – a museum depicting area life in the 1920s.