Posted at 12:52 am on September 24, 2009 by Farrah
The air is getting more crisp by the day. I actually busted out the hoodies and my favorite oversized sweatshirt a few mornings this week. We will probably still have some warm days ahead but overall, I think fall has arrived. And you know what that means (besides football, that is)… PUMPKINS!!!
I thought I would help us all get going and get into the spirit of fall by posting a list of most of the different farms in our area where you can go for some fall fun. Most people probably have a favorite that they go to from year to year. If yours isn’t on this list, please let us know. Maybe yours is the best around and we all need to know about it.
Voted best pumpkin farm in Chicagoland last year so it must be good, eh? Pumpkins, rides, pig races, funnel cakes, a haunted barn.. you know, the standard fall fun stuff. Kids 3-11 are $12, Adults are $13 (there is a $1 off coupon online). Pumpkins extra.
15 varieties of pumpkins to pick as well as other fall fruits and veges for sale. A corn maze and other standard pumpkin patch fun. You can even try your hand at shelling corn and making rope. $8 adults, $5 kids 3+
Weekday mornings, they have a $10.50/person entrance fee that covers all activities. But evenings and weekends are all seperate pricing for all. They seem to have some sort of show with tigers and lions and a bear and a hyena. I can’t find anymore information about this but I’ll admit I am intrigued. This farm also has a greenhouse you can take tours of from April through July.
Separate pricing for activities (hay ride, corn maze, pony rides, etc…) They even have a civil war re-enactment on Oct. 17-18. I’m not totally sure what that has to do with pumpkins but could be cool, I guess (for you northerners, that is. hehe!).
Finally.. a place with APPLES!! $5/person field charge then pay for your apples by weight. They have different U-pick fruits and veges throughout the seasons so check back in spring for strawberries and other summer fruits/veges too.
Different prices for different activities. Looks like your standard pumpkin patch stuff with some camel rides and a haunted house thrown in. They also have an Animal Land that has a separate admission fee.
Pumpkins, a petting zoo, toddler-centered activities such as slides and bouncy castles, hay rides, pony rides. $10.50/person (2 and older), $7.50/person on weekdays. They also have a dollar off coupon on their website. The good thing about Johansen’s is that once you are in, all the other activities are included even the pony rides and hay rides. You still have to pay for food and pumpkins, though, just like everywhere else.
We have friends who go here every year and love it! They have u-pick apples too in addition to the pumpkins and other fall rides/activities. This weekend they are having Apple Fest which includes live music and other entertainment to celebrate the heart of apple-picking season. Prices for u-pick apples are $9 for 1/2 peck (5lbs), $15 for a peck (10lbs) and $27 for 1/2 bushel (20lbs). Visit their website to see what apples are currently available to be picked. They also have an “apple launcher” which sounds intriguing… hmmm….
This is where my family has gone for the past two years. It has apple picking and pumpkins and fun things for the kids. We love the sandboxes filled with corn! $10.75/person on weekends with some of the rides extra.
Also voted best in Chicagoland last year (somebody voted twice I think…). Admission is $12/ person (3 and up) but they have a $2 off coupon in ChicagoParent magazine and online. Three cornfield mazes, a giant inflatable slide and a baby chick nursery. Fun times!
One of the few (or maybe the only) actually in Dupage County! We visited there last year and had a blast. They have lots of rides for the little kids and some pumpkins. It is not a u-pick kind of place. It is more like a fall-ish playground or carnival but we has a lot of fun. You buy tickets and use them for pony rides and train rides, etc… I recommend it in addition to doing a pumpkin patch, especially if you have toddlers.
Other Fall Fun:
The Morton Arboretum has a display of fall-themed decorated scarecrows around the lake near the Children’s Garden. Well-worth a trip! Check out all the other activities the Arboretum has to offer during their Fall-Color Festival.
St. Charles is again hosting their annual Scarecrow Fest on October 9-10. Live entertainment, food, crafts, and of course dozens of decorated scarecrows right on the banks of the Fox River. It is a family tradition for many. Check it out and let us know what you think. And starting Oct. 16th, you can drive the “Gallery of Ghoulish Homes” Tour in St. Charles. People deck out their homes and front-yards in halloween and fall decorations trying to win the grand prize. The website warns “only the brave get out of their car.”
Well… that’s all I got folks. That should be enough to get us all started. We are going apple picking next Monday, just me and the two boys with all our friends. Should be a blast! Wanna come? Seriously, e-mail me if you want to join us. What do you have planned for some fall fun for your family? We would love to know!