Little Farmers: Farm Camps and Activities for Kids

Get down on the farm this summer with a farm-based day camp in our area, or take a class together as a family. Our proximity to urban areas is considered by many to be one of the benefits of living in Lake County. We are equally lucky to have access to the “countryside” too. Lake County is full of and surrounded by farms. Farmers Markets pop up all summer long, and a drive from one suburb to the next will take you through farm fields. We truly have the best of both worlds here.

Little Farmers Lake County Camps and Activities
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Pint-Sized Farmers
Pint-Sized Farmer is Lake County Forest Preserve’s week-long day camp for 6- to-7- year-olds at charming Bonner Farm will explore farm life in the historic barn classroom. Camps are offered August 8 – 12, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Bonner Heritage Farm
201 Country Place, Lindenhurst

Briar Hill Farm, Wauconda
© H. Worth | Little Lake | 2015

Briar Hill Farm
Briar Hill is a sustainable “working” farm and private horse riding academy. Farm camps are offered in June, as well as other programs and workshops. Briar Hill will host an open house in May, and discounts on registration will be offered there. Briar Hill doesn’t maintain a website, so contact them directly with questions or to register. (Hyacynth’s family visited in 2015 and loved the farm!)

Briar Hill Farm
Open House and Camper Registration, May 14, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
29583 N.  Gossell Rd., Wauconda | (847) 721- 2182 | e-mail: briarhillf @

Angelic Organics Learning Center
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Elawa Farm Summer Camp
Day camp activities at the Lake Forest Farm will focus on gardening, and include scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, farm to table cuisine. And of course, kids will get their hands dirty! All the while, campers will be learning about the importance of teamwork and sustainability. Camps are designed to support the Elawa Farm mission: to enrich the community as a unique center for hands-on learning and inspire an appreciation for gardening, healthy living, and historic preservation.

Camps are offered in sessions through the summer for kids entering 1st grade and 2nd grade or 5th and 6th grade.

Elawa Farm
1401 Middlefork Dr., Lake Forest | 847-234-1966

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Angelic Organics Day Camps
Although this farm is located outside of Lake County, it is definitely worth the trip! Angelic Organics is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, growing vegetables and herbs for households since 1991. They’re known for exceptional community outreach and educational programs–including camps! Summer day campers will harvest chicken eggs, milk goats and make ice cream, cook with farm produce, witness baby calves and goats being born, harvest tomatoes, visit the greenhouse, create farm art, hike through the woods to the creek, and more.

Children connect with nature and other kids, experience a working farm, learn compassion for animals, understand the cycle of life, and learn about the connection between the food we eat and our earth. During the summer, family members may join for the last ½ hour of camp. This gives the kids a chance to share what they have learned during the week.  Campers will have a true farm experience here. (Read about Loralie’s 2014 experience at Angelic Organics here.) Day camp sessions are available for kids ages 4 – 15 years of age throughout the summer.

Angelic Organics Learning Center also offers a full schedule of family events, from a preschool program all about bees, to making ice cream as a family.

Angelic Organics Learning Center
1547 Rockton Rd., Caledonia, IL | (815) 389-8455

Angelic Organics
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Millennium Farm Summer Horse Camp
If you have a child who is totally horse crazy then this is the camp for you.  Millennium Farm in Hawthorn Woods, offers yet again their popular horse camp.  The camp is for beginning or intermediate horse riders, yet you do not need to have any prior riding experience to attend.  Campers should be between the ages of 6 – 14 and should bring their own sack lunch to camp daily.

The one week camp runs from June 28 – July 1st from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. During this time, campers will have a daily riding lesson, make crafts, participate in horse themed games, and learn and participate in the care of our horse friends.
Space is limited and the camp is quite popular. Call Sue Leverick at 847-833-4953 to ask any questions or to register your child.  You can read more about owner, Sue Leverick in Jessica’s story. You can also read about Tracy’s visit to Millennium Farm.

Millennium Farm
21989 W Hawley St., Hawthorn Woods |847-833-4953

Trainer Sue Leverick and the horse most beginning riders start out on, Snickers. © T. Rubel | Little Lake | 2015
Trainer Sue Leverick and the horse most beginning riders start out on, Snickers.
© T. Rubel | Little Lake | 2015

Do you have a little one that loves to play farm? Where do they like to “play farm” in Lake County?


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About Holly Garvey 121 Articles
Stay-at-home mom who works! On again/off again work in family real estate business, babysitter, dog rescue and historical society volunteer all while chasing my new-found dream to be a writer.I live in Antioch with my husband, Jake, and kids, Cecilia (5) and Mark (3), and our dog Isabella. I'm an aspiring vegan (I cheat a lot), Jazzercise addict and runner. As a family, we love to travel and spend time outdoors. I love to go antique shopping and garage sale-ing, cook, and read in my (rare) free time.

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