Johansen Farm continues to bring the families of Chicagoland a fall festival of the grandest of pumpkin displays, stunning mums in every fall shade and a petting zoo for children of all ages as a celebration of the season.
You'll also find pony rides, a corn maze, bouncy houses and slides as well as a train ride and pumpkin farm. Lots of fall fun for families.
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I've never seen such an amazing Halloween extravaganza. But maybe because I'm Canadian and we don't "do" Halloween to the same extent. Hay rides, food, pumpkins to buy, and just an overwhelming "Halloweenness" blew us away. The kids loved it and arrived back home exhausted and ready for a nap.
If you are looking for a good half day activity, this is the place to go, My kids like to pet and feed the animals in the petting zoo. There are goats, baby chicks, ducks, geese, rabbits, horses... Also there are several inflatable slides and bouncers. The highlight is the tractor and train rides. Afterwards, visit the store to purchase pumpkin, baked goods, and fall decorations.
This was a wonderful place for kids and adults alike--there were plenty to do, including a petting/animal area, tractor rides, a maze, an inflatable play area, and my favorite part, the bakery/pumpkin area where the cider and doughnuts are good. Ample parking and not very crowded when we went.
We came here for the Fall Festival in 2008 with my 18 month son, our 3 and 5 year old nephews, and his 2 year old friend. Everyone had a blast. There's lots to see in the petting zoo from goats (one of them has a horn that sticks straight up in the air - some of the girls would ask if it was a unicorn!) to cows, pigs and ducks.
There are the slides and bouncy houses for the big kids and an area that's just for kids under 36" which smaller bouncy houses and play structures. My little guy's currently terrified of bouncy houses, but it was a ton of fun for the rest of our party.
We went close to 5pm which is closing time, so the train ride and hayride were unfortunately closed by the time we got there. The farm is pretty spread out, so you might want to bring a stroller for younger walkers whose legs might get tired. Don't forget to pick up a pie on the way out! Yummy and I'm usually not a fan of pumpkin pie.