Educational Programs at The Children’s Farm


All programs are 1-hour in length and can be enjoyed in-person, virtually or pre-recorded. All in-person programs have the option to add a group hay rack ride for an additional charge of $1/person.
All programs receive 1 free chaperone per 10 paid participants; Additional chaperones pay the program fee.

Fall programs are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30am, 10:45am, 12pm, 1pm dependent upon availability.

To book an educational program, please contact Tara, the Farm Education Program Manager, for scheduling options. Pricing is subject to change. Prices shown are for the 2022 calender year.

Email: farmtours@thecenterpalos.org

Phone: (708) 361-2434

*The Children’s Farm adheres to all CDC and IDPH guidelines. All participants will be required to wear masks while participating in group programs.


Moo-ve About The Farm

This is our flagship farm tour program and is a perfect option for groups looking for a fun, educational, hands on farm experience that provides an overall introduction to our farm and resident animals.  This guided tour will cover basic farm and animal facts and provides the opportunity to interact and pet all of our animal species.  Since we are a real working farm that thrives on seasonal changes and natural life cycles, tour content also changes with the seasons.  Most tours will include horses, chickens, cows, goats, pigs, sheep, donkeys, ponies, rabbits and ducks and don’t forget to ask about adding a hayrack ride around the farm! This tour option can be customized for all ages and knowledge levels and is also perfect for groups with special needs!

Group minimum: 12 paid participants

Price: $8/person


Moo-ve About The Farm: Fall Edition with Pumpkin Picking

This is our fall version of our flagship farm tour program and is a perfect option for groups looking for a fun, educational, hands on farm experience that provides an overall introduction to our farm and resident animals.  This guided tour will cover basic farm and animal facts and provides the opportunity to interact and pet all of our animal species.  Since we are a real working farm that thrives on seasonal changes and natural life cycles, tour content also changes with the seasons.  Most tours will include horses, chickens, cows, goats, pigs, sheep, donkeys, ponies, rabbits and ducks! This tour option can be customized for all ages and knowledge levels and is also perfect for groups with special needs! Following your tour, your group will take a hayrack ride out to our kiddie pumpkin patch and all paid participants will be able to pick and take home their very own pie pumpkin! This tour option is only available in late September and throughout October.

Group minimum: 12 paid participants

Price: $10/person


Count Your Chickens

What came first, the chicken or the egg?? Even though we won’t be able to answer that question, we will be able to answer all of your other chicken related questions in this hands-on class that focuses on chickens and their contributions to society. Participants will learn about poultry breeds, parts of the chicken, embryology, egg inspection and how to prepare eggs for sale. This program is very hands-on and most ideal for children in grades 1st –  4th.  

Group minimum: 12 paid participants

Price: $9.25/person

*Consider our egg incubation program as a continuing education option after this class


Horse Sense

Horses have a deep rooted existence in agriculture and more recently in recreation and therapy. This class will allow participants to experience the majestic presence of the horse while being educated on basic horse care and needs. Topics to be covered include horse health and wellness, grooming, nutritional requirements, exercise needs and more. Though there is no horseback riding in this class, participants will experience hands-on learning assisted by our wonderful herd of horses and ponies. This class is ideal for children in grades 2nd and above.

Group minimum: 12 paid participants

Price: $9.25/person


Nativity Scene

December trips to the farm are focused around live nativity reenactments. Students get dressed up as shepherds, wise men, angels, and Mary and Joseph. Together they portray the first nativity. Mary rides the donkey to the manger, the angels bring in baby Jesus, and the shepherds bring sheep, goats, and chickens to “Bethlehem.” We ask that parents and chaperones attend, creating an audience for the participants. We supply all animals and costumes, you supply the children! Groups will also have time at the end of their performance to take a couple minutes to visit with our animals and wish them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Group minimum: 15 paid participants

Price: $7/person; Parents are free and encouraged to attend and be our ‘audience’


To book an educational program, please contact Tara, the Farm Education Program Manager, for scheduling options.

Email: farmtours@thecenterpalos.org

Phone: (708) 361-2434