The Children's Farm at The Center

Palos Park

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Families dance to the strains of a live band at farm festival with marshmallow bonfire and and hayrides

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  • $8 for admission for two for Barn Dance ($16 value)
  • $15 for admission for four for Barn Dance ($32 value)
  • $22 for admission for six for Barn Dance ($48 value)

Barn Dance takes place Saturday, September 6, 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m. The band Pop Element plays live music to get guests dancing, while a hayride takes guests on a tour of the farm. Guests toast marshmallows by the bonfire, or purchase hot dogs and root beer to snack on.

The Children's Farm at The Center

The Center has welcomed kids onto its farm since 1936. It probably wasn't as much of a novelty back then, when Illinois was home to more than 220,000 farms and the U.S. government issued everyone a farmer's hat at birth. But that number has decreased steadily with each decade, dropping to just 76,000 by 2010, per the USDA. Which means that today, The Children's Farm at The Center gives kids and their families something increasingly special: the chance to experience life on an independent rural farm. Here, chickens lay eggs, goats give milk, and horses eat hay harvested right on the farm. The staff also leads tours of these grounds and explains how each animal fits into farm life. They even let kids pet some of the livestock before finishing up tours with a hayride.

For a completely immersive experience, The Children's Farm hosts summer camps for ages 3–17. During each camp session, campers live on the farm for days or weeks at a time, spending their days riding horses and caring for the animals.

Customer Reviews

Took my granddaughter to this and she had a blast! Very cute and quaint. Used to take my kids here, so I am very happy it is still up and running for me to take her. Good time.
Gina J. · June 22, 2016
Awesome experience for the whole family. I loved the animals and friendly staff.
Laura P. · June 6, 2016
Very pleasant experience. My son loved the horse riding, and being able to pet all the animals.
Nancy H. · June 4, 2016
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    Palos Park

    12700 Southwest Hwy

    Palos Park, IL 60464


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