Editor’s Note: This story was originally published in 2014. Be sure to contact the business or visit their websites for the most up-to-date information.
Every kid dreams of having a pony. When I was younger, I like many other kids my age was obsessed with horses. I would play horses at recess with my friends, I took horseback riding lessons, sported clothes with horses on them, and I must have read every horse book in the library. Back then there was so such thing as having a pony party. If there was , my mom certainly didn’t know about them.
Well no excuses moms and dads! I have rounded up a list of places in the area that host such parties. These parties can be conducted at the stables themselves or some will actually bring the ponies right to your own backyard. So it’s time to rustle up some little cowboys and cowgirls and make your child’s birthday dream come true.
Pferde Farm hosts year-round birthday parties in their heated barn located in Old Mill Creek. For only $18 per child, you will get 2 hours to do hand-led pony rides, a pony craft, horse related games, a personalized birthday cake, and hot dogs. For more information or to schedule a pony party call 847-840-5278.
Hidden Creek Ranch **EDITORS NOTE Hidden Creek Ranch moved to Elgin** located in Zion, will bring ponies to your party to give you memories that last a lifetime. They charge $150 for the first pony and $50 for each additional pony that you want to attend. They also provide the handlers. Call Allison at 224-489-1849 for more information.
Susanna Farms **Editor’s note this location has closed** in Lake Villa is a great place to host a pony party for your little cowboy or girl. Parties are offered September – October. Parties include bozo buckets, horses, lambs, and cows to visit, a small pumpkin to decorate, corn maze, and a hayride. You can add pony rides for $5 extra per child. Call 847-838-0798 to book. Editor’s Note: Susanna Farms has closed.
Patch 22 will either host your party in their barn located in Wadsworth or they will come to your place with their friendly ponies. If you choose to have them come to your backyard they will charge $200 for the party which includes 2 hand-walked ponies for 1 hour and cleanup. If you choose to go to their barn for your party they offer 2-hour long parties in a party room. The parties will include access to their petting zoo and a hayride. You can add on pony rides for a small additional fee. They only host parties May-October and parties book fast, so call early. You can contact them at 847-336-0120
Red Coat Farm hosts birthday parties and special events in their two heated barns located in Hawthorn Woods Illinois. Call 847-837-8000 for more information and pricing.
Didier Farms in Lincolnshire offers fall birthday parties from September to Halloween. Birthday parties include use of one of four heated party rooms, a pumpkin for each child, corn maze entry, viewing of pigs and chicks, and a hayride. Pony rides can be added for a small additional fee. Contact Nancy by email at [email protected] or by phone at 224-543-9003. Parties book fast and they recommend that you book your party in early August.
Wedgewood Farms in Wauconda offers several different pony packages at their stable to make your child’s birthday special. They place emphasis on your child’s safety and happiness as well. Call 847-526-8610 to schedule.
So what are you waiting for…. GIDDY UP and have a happy birthday!