6817 Mo-38, Marshfield, 417-859-4855
For wholesome family time, head to Marshfield with a cooler full of s’mores ingredients. Make a reservation for a campfire and spend up to two hours cooking, telling stories and playing yard games. After you’ve filled up on fire-roasted treats, navigate the corn maze with up to 10 guests; it’s included in the campfire rate.
1663 E 490th Rd, Bolivar, 417-326-6758
Fieth Family Farm in Bolivar has maze experiences that are fun for both little and big kids. The full-sized corn maze and hay bale mazes offer up some of the most fun you can have getting lost—with wagon rides to and from the maze, so you save that energy for finding your way out of the maze. And you’ll definitely want to save your energy because there’s much more to do here. There are rope swings, sling shots, a giant tree house (complete with a slide), barrel train ride and more. Photo ops abound at this picturesque farm that’s flush with fall colors. Plus, if you’re still hunting for pumpkins, you’ll find a selection of different gourds to pick in the pumpkin tent at Fieth Family Farm.
181 State Rte AM, Cabool, 417-962-2676
Plenty of 417-land’s fall attractions offer spooky fun, but if you want something really geared toward the scary stuff then the Monster Corn Maze in Cabool is what you’re looking for. A three-story haunted house, an eerie forest and, of course, a creep-infested corn maze are all awaiting thrill-seekers who are looking for a serious rush of adrenaline. But don’t worry, monster-infested it might be, but the Monster Corn Maze is also family-friendly, as long as you’re all brave enough, that is. Kids younger than 13 are allowed as long as they’re with an adult. This spooky corn maze is open from dark until midnight on Fridays and until 11 p.m. on Saturdays until October 31.
3825 W. Farm Road 146, Springfield, 417-830-0243
Head to Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park for hours of family fun. The pick-your-own-pumpkin patch allows you to pick that perfect pumpkin right off the vine. Across the way is the corn maze, where your little ones are bound to have a ball. Stick around in the evening for a toasty bonfire.