We love going to Pumpkin Days every year at The Children’s Farm in Palos Park. It is a smaller farm, but there’s plenty to do and see for all ages! The convenient location makes it the perfect fall outing for just a few hours on a weekend afternoon. We like that it doesn’t have to consume an entire day, and we still get our fix of fall fun!
Fall Day Trip to The Children’s Farm in Palos Park
Upon entering the Pumpkin Playland, you’ll see several areas that house adorable ducks and rabbits, which children can hold. After a quick cuddle with these sweet farm animals, kids are always happy to see two main attractions — the corn box and the crazy maze-y.
The corn box would probably appeal more to the 8 and under crowd, whereas the maze is fun for children and adults alike. Throughout the maze, there are tons of fun twists, turns and dead-ends as well as not-so-spooky Halloween decorations throughout.
Next, we headed inside the barn to the petting zoo where we saw baby pigs, cows, goats, sheep and chickens. Upon exiting the barn, there’s a small horse stable outside, too. A not-so-spooky woodshed is around the corner that is the equivalent to a mini haunted house and is appropriate for young children. And near the exit of the playland area, there’s a nice-sized straw bale climber, as well as farm equipment that is lots of fun for the kiddos to play on.
After a quick stop to the concession area, offering a wide range of yummy snacks and drinks (including a s’mores station), we headed off on a complimentary hayrack ride to the pumpkin field. There was a fantastic selection of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, and you can easily catch the free hayrack ride back to the check-out stand. At the check-out area, there were additional goodies available for purchase including local honey and pickles, pumpkin carving kits and colorful gourds!
If you’re looking for a pumpkin farm that has everything the kids love and is not overwhelmingly big, crowded or overpriced, then check out the Children’s Farm in Palos Park. It’s a great tradition that my family looks forward to every year for fall fun!
Children’s Farm Pumpkin Days & Pumpkin Patch
12700 Southwest Hwy
Palos Park IL 60464
Pumpkin Playland Hours: Weekends in October – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Pumpkin Patch Hours: Weekends in October – 10:00am – 4:00pm and Weekdays in October – 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Pumpkin Playland Admission: $10 for everyone 2 and up
Pumpkin Patch Admission: FREE
We’ve got lots more fall fun around the Chicagoland area here at Kidlist! Plan some autumn family outings, then tag us in your Instagram posts to share the love.
The Children’s Farm can also be found in our Guide to Pumpkin Patches where all of the pumpkin farms are outlined with features and prices.