From a mug of warm apple cider to snuggles together while on a hay ride there is perhaps no better way to experience the fun of autumn than with the great events on tap at Primrose Farm in St. Charles.
This season, St. Charles Park District staff has a calendar of events to engage all ages during visits to the working farm, providing safe and fun activities to celebrate the arrival of cool, crisp air.
Let the season begin at the Farm Frolic, Saturday, Sept. 18 with a day of activities for the whole family. Learn the arts of rope making, candle dipping, blacksmithing and corn shelling with historic demonstrations taking place on the farm. Tour the vintage tractor and equipment display. Test your navigation skills at the corn maze or see how you fare with some old-fashioned games.
There will be a petting zoo and pony rides for kids to enjoy. And enjoy a trip to the pumpkin patch and a station to paint your pumpkin. All ages will enjoy tractor-drawn wagon rides around the property on a 2-mile loop.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and tickets are $10 a person for those ages 2 and older. Advance registration is requested.
That evening the farm harkens back to the days of past when the park district hosts a Barn Dance from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets include a 30-minute beginner dance lesson. Catch the sunset over the farm and take a dancing break by the bonfire.
Tickets are $15 per person for this all ages event.
Primrose Farm is a great way to enjoy the season and park district staff is excited to once again offer Autumn Hayrides on Friday and Saturday evenings Oct. 1-23. Snuggle under a blanket and enjoy a 30-minute tractor-drawn wagon ride around the beautiful farm. Catch a sunset or watch the stars pop out.
To make the event even sweeter, enjoy s’mores over an open fire after your ride.
Advance tickets are required for a one-hour visit that includes the wagon ride and s’mores. Choose from an individual or group rates.
Another great activity, especially for teens and young adults, is the fall edition of Escape the Barn, an interactive game where each team must solve puzzles and search for clues to solve a mystery before time runs out. The game, designed for those ages 11 and older, and takes place throughout farmyard.
The game is available Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16. Groups may register for a one-hour time slot starting at 4 p.m. Advance registration is required, and the cost is $25 per person.
And for those who like their hayride on the spooky side be sure to check out the new event this year Haunted Hayrides on Oct. 29 and 30 at Primrose Farm. The event will be hosted by the St. Charles Underground Teen Center. Local teens will transform the farm grounds into an outdoor haunted experience sure to evoke a few screams a plenty of laughs.
“We were trying to think of something unique and fun that will appeal to those Halloween enthusiasts,” said Chris Holling, Teen Center Supervisor.
This event is open to ages 16 and older. Advance tickets are required, and tickets are $12 per person. There will be refreshments on sale at the event to help support the teen center which is marking its 20th anniversary in the park district this year.