Visiting a local farm can be such a fun day trip and educational experience with the kids! We are fortunate to live close to several area farms that offer opportunities to interact with adorable barn animals, pick seasonal fruits and veggies, learn about the pioneer days, and enjoy attractions such as carousels and wagon rides. Some of them put together special events throughout the year for hands-on family fun and interesting guided tours. Be sure to check their website prior to going for hours and pricing!
Angelic Organics Farm and Learning Center
1547 Rockton Rd.
Caledonia, IL 61011
Experience directly where food comes from via tours, workshops, and group programs. Families can eat from the fields, milk goats, feed chickens, make soap, or build a compost pile. Their experienced farmer-educators will connect you with meaningful work, new ideas, and unforgettable experiences. An engaging place to learn about food, farming, and caring for the earth.
100 South Barnes Road
Aurora, IL 60506
A living history museum where pioneer life is re-created through educational demonstrations such as a blacksmith/spinner at work and other hands-on fun. Admission includes unlimited rides on the train, hay wagon, pedal tractors, paddle boats, carousel and ponies. In their discovery barn, kids can see chickens, sheep, piglets, baby goats and more. Check their website for admission fees as well as special FREE family fun days throughout the spring/summer.
The Children’s Farm at the Center
12700 Southwest Highway
Palos Park, IL 60464
From March-September, the Children’s Farm offers leisurely, self-guided tours on the weekends, in which families can choose their own pace during 1-4pm. Complimentary pony and hayrack rides are offered (weather and work-schedule permitting) for paid guests. Guests are welcome to touch, pet and groom the animals which change seasonally but often include chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, pigs, goats, cows, sheep, horses, ponies and donkeys.
Enjoy Pioneer Farm
17N400 Big Timber Rd.
Hampshire, IL 60140
Children can hold baby lambs, goats, pigs, ducks and roosters, feed the calf inside the barn, and even rent baby chicks! A large variety of vegetables are available through their subscriber U-Pick program and farm fresh eggs, too. Tours on the weekends available by appointment.
Garden Patch Farms
14154 W. 159th St
Homer Glen, IL 60491
A 30 acre U-Pick farm, with more than 4,000 apple, peach, cherry and pear trees, as well as blackberries, strawberries and many different vegetables. There is a $5 admission fee per person to enter their fields. They are having a special Butterfly Festival on May 14th, 10am-2pm. Come for two butterfly releases at 11am and 1pm, jump in the jump house, sample new donut flavors, feed the chickens and take a hayride (weather permitting) around the field. Kids can also visit their new furry friends on the farm and learn about butterfly habitats from local master gardeners!
3800 York Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
An operating waterwheel grist mill and homestead, built in the 1850s on the Graue Farm. Today, the museum provides programs for children that include milling, spinning and weaving and living history presentations, as well as artifacts which illustrate the way of life of area residents back then. You’ll find many demonstrations and special events at Graue Mill such as sheep sheering and their fine arts festival. Check their website for details.
Kline Creek Farm
1N600 County Farm Rd
West Chicago, IL 60185
Stroll through restored farmstead structures and meet historically-costumed interpreters operating this living history farm using the tools and techniques of the past. Activities and events at the farm re-create the seasonal rhythms that have governed farm life for centuries. Kids can learn about 19th-century farm activities, such as baking, canning, planting, harvesting, sheep shearing and ice cutting. Check out their calendar of events for all the fun offerings such as blacksmithing, wagon rides and farm house tours.
17000 Wadsworth Road
Old Mill Creek, IL 60083
Families get access to the daily routines of Tempel Farm’s equine athletes that are in active year round training with a tour guide. The tour begins in the stallions stables where individual care of the horse is the focus. There are opportunities to pet some noses as guests learn about the history and care of their rare stallions.
Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley
201 S. Plum Grove Road
Step back into time for a look at a rural German farm community. Kids can help with seasonal farm chores, participate in family activities and games of the 1880s, or simply visit the livestock and soak in the quiet. Authentically dressed interpreters welcome and guide visitors through the site. Admission is FREE.
1510 Wagner Road
Glenview, IL 60025
An 18.6 acre farm that’s one of the last working dairy farms in Cook County. Open to the public for recreation and learning, the farm provides a unique opportunity for families to learn about their farming heritage. In addition to the cows in the pasture, they have chickens, draft horses and pigs as well as a restored farmhouse, barn and Heritage Center. The Heritage Center contains interactive exhibits where kids can learn about farming from the early 20th century through the present.