Fun on the Farm – Toddler Friendly Farm Outings

If your toddlers are anything like my twin boys, then they love farm animals. We sing, read and talk about animals on the farm all day long. And after this long winter, I can’t wait to get them out to see some real farms in person. We are very fortunate to live within driving distance to some incredible family friendly farms. I have put together a quick list of  local farms that are perfect for toddlers, some of which I have visited in the past, and some in which we plan to check out for the first time this summer.

Lambs Farm
14245 W Rockland Rd, Libertyville IL 60048Toddler Friendly Farm Outings

Located right off 94 in Libertyville, Lambs Farm farmyard is a convenient choice to bring the toddlers to brush a goat or a sheep, get up close to the cows and pigs, and see all sorts of other birds, llamas and various farm animals.  Along with checking out the animals, the farmyard offers a train ride by the lake, miniature golf, a carousel and a bounce house to round out the outing.  It is recommended that you call ahead if the train or bounce house are important to your visit, to ensure they will be available.

Wagner Farm
1510 Wagner Road, Glenview IL 60026Toddler Friendly Farm Outings

Historic Wagner Farms is operated by the Glenview Park District and one of the last working dairy farms in Cook County.  It is open to the public for learning and recreation.  See the cows grazing in the fields, along with chickens, pigs and horses.  The Wagner Farm Heritage center has interactive exhibits including a 1930’s grocery store and a cow that toddlers can pretend to milk.  You won’t want to miss a visit to Sweets & Treats Old Fashioned Soda Fountain for a delicious treat to cap off your visit.

Bonner Farm – Little Sprouts Program
Sand Lake Road, Just West of Route 45 in Lindenhurst

Bonner Farm is Lake County Forest Preserves self-guided, interactive farm experience with cows, chickens and a toddler friendly sand table.  Occasionally, the forest preserve offers special programs for toddlers and kids.  Coming up on June 25th, a Little Sprouts program for children age 2-5, “Planting a Seed”, is open for registration.  Cost is $3 for residents, $5 for non-residents and pre-registration is required.  Caregivers are free.

Green Meadows Petting Farm
33603 High Drive (hwy 20), East Troy, WI 53120

Toddler Friendly Farm Outings

Located about an hour north of Lake County, Green Meadows Petting Farm is a wonderful place to spend the day with your toddlers and older children.  Admission to the farm includes a hayride, pony ride, an opportunity for everyone to milk a real cow as well as access to countless other farm animals.  The farm also has a very large picnic area,  plus some really unique play areas, including large ramps for Hot Wheels cars and sand areas to play in.

Toddler Friendly Farm Outings


Patch 22  {Editor’s Addition}
15900 Kelly Road, Wadsworth 60083

Toddler Friendly Farm Outings
Pony Rides at Patch 22 (Photo Credit to Loralie Thomas)

A real working farm and field trip favorite. Visit with the family on Sundays from May through Halloween to pet the animals or ride the ponies.   It’s a great place to get friendly with barnyard animals, and we have featured them in a Fall Pumpkin post  as well as our Ultimate Lake County Guide to Animal Birthdays.   The pony rides are what really make Patch 22 stand out.  For $10/pony your child gets a 20-minute ride through open pasture led by a parent or other caregiver.  It’s nothing like a carousel ride, and lets your little ones feel like real cowboys and cowgirls!

Miss Jamie from The Farm

If you can’t get to any of the farms mentioned above, you can always get a magical farm experience by catching a performance from Miss Jamie from The Farm.  Miss Jamie’s performances are perfect for preschool through age 8 with her puppet friends from the farm.  Miss Jamie is a regular at many local events and groceries stores, and always a fun farm option for your little ones.


About Maureen Collier 34 Articles
Maureen calls Vernon Hills home and four children call her “Mom.” With her children (boy 2/06, girl 9/07 and twin boys 6/12), Maureen is a busy Stay-At-Home Mom, who dedicates herself to modeling an active lifestyle for her family.

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