A Day at the Farm: Local Farms to Visit with Kids

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Brainstorming ways to a-MOO-se your kids? Take a day trip to a local farm! There are a lot of great options in the Chicagoland area for barnyard animal lovers. Along with animal visits, many of these local farms help educate kids about nature, growing food, and history. (If you’re looking for a hands-on activity right now, check out local U-Pick strawberry farms, too!) Pack your sunscreen, bug spray, and a picnic lunch to make a memorable day at the farm for your family!

Local Farms to Visit with Kids

Be sure to check websites, social media, or give a call prior to going for hours, pricing and safety procedures.

Angelic Organics Farm and Learning Center
1547 Rockton Road
Caledonia, IL 61011
(815) 389-8455

Farm tours and visits must be scheduled in advance; call 815-389-8455 or email connect@learngrowconnect.org with any inquiries. You can also register for kid and family activities online. They also host tours, workshops, and group programs. Families can eat from the fields, milk goats, feed chickens, make soap, or build a compost pile. The farm also hosts day camps and weeklong overnight camps for kids!

Big Run Wolf Ranch
14857 North Farrell Road
Lockport, IL 60441
(815) 588-0044

Check out Big Run Wolf Ranch to educate your children about North American wildlife while enjoying up-close encounters with wolves! Animals include Siberian tigers, black bears, cougars, skunks, and more. Once a month they have family days with entertainers, too! Check out our review of Big Run Wolf Ranch.

The ranch is only open to the general public on Family Days. Family Days for 2021 are $8 per person and will be held June 26 (Mr. D’s Magic & Illusion Show 12:30), July 24, August 21, September 18, October 16 (Incredible Bats), and November 27.

You can also check out the ranch’s website for information about booking private events, including birthday parties and onsite and offsite wildlife shows.

Blackberry Farm
100 South Barnes Road
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 892-1550

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, to buy tickets in advance, and for special free family fun days that run throughout the summer. Read about Katie’s family’s visit to the re-opened farm!

Double J Riding Club
10545 W. 74th Street
Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 528-4674

Double J Riding Club offers outdoor adventure classes, summer camps, and riding lessons! During their Tiny Animal Adventures sessions, for example, kids play in the mud kitchens and meet the animals. Check their Facebook page for updates.

Enjoy Pioneer Farm
17N400 Big Timber Road
Hampshire, IL 60140
(847) 683-2863

Children can hold baby lambs, goats, pigs, ducks and roosters, feed the calf inside the barn, and even rent baby chicks at this local farm! Farm fresh eggs and meats are also available for purchase. In the spring, family’s have the option to rent baby chicks or ducks to take home for two weeks! Call ahead for hours and times to hold the baby animals.

Graue Mill and Museum
3800 York Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 655-2090

The mill is opening back up as of June 17, 2021. 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 Facebook page for up-to-date information.

Kline Creek Farm
1N600 County Farm Road
West Chicago, IL 60185
(630) 876-5900

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.

Kline Creek Farm is open Thursday – Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. It is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and select holidays. All other buildings including the Visitor Center are open to the public during open hours. The surrounding Timber Ridge Forest Preserve is open daily one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset. There’s a suggested admission donation of $5 per person ages 3 and up to enter Kline Creek Farm.

Primrose Farm
5N726 Crane Road
St. Charles, IL 60175
(630) 513-4370

The grounds are open at Primrose Farm! Monday – Saturday the office is open 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, but the grounds are open from dawn to dusk. Come see the animals, or register for animal feedings with the chickens or goats. The main barn is open when staff is present, while the rest of the buildings are closed. On Sundays, dedicated volunteers assist staff with livestock chores. If you’d like to stop by and get the full Primrose experience, staff recommends a weekday or Saturday visit.

Tempel Farms
17000 Wadsworth Road
Old Mill Creek, IL 60083
(847) 244-5330

This dressage training facility shows off their prized Lipizzan horses. Their are two performance times at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Buy tickets online to for extra savings. Check out their tours for a chance to see the newest baby foals or to watch a training session in action!

The Children’s Farm at the Center
12700 Southwest Highway
Palos Park, IL 60464
(708) 361-3650

The Children’s Farm offers leisurely, self-guided tours on the weekends. Patrons are usually 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.

The Children’s Farm is open on Saturday and Sunday between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in June, July, and August.They offer self-guided tours, hayrack rides, animals to see, and more. Check the website for hours and admission.

Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley
201 S. Plum Grove Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194
(847) 985-2102

Kids can learn all about life on the farm as they practice chores, play games, and visit the animals. Authentically dressed interpreters welcome and guide visitors through the site. Admission is FREE. The farm & visitor center are open Wednesday – Sunday, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm and the farm grounds & trails are open daily between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm.

Wagner Farm
1510 Wagner Road
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 657-1506

Wagner Farm is one of the last working dairy farms in Cook County. 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 gift shop and restrooms inside the Heritage Center are open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Interactive exhibits will open fully on June 21.

Abbey Farms
2855 Hart Road
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 966-7775

The non-profit Abbey Farms is run by the monks of Marmion Abbey. This family fun farm offers fresh produce, good cooking, and more. Summer activities will begin July 10, 2021; check their Facebook page for updates.

Don’t see your favorite local farm listed? Email Annie at annie@mykidlist.com to have it included.

For more outdoor fun this summer, stop at one of the best forest preserve trails (as voted by our readers!) for an afternoon hike.

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