The Rader family takes great pride in their attention to guest safety. Equipment and activities are monitored and regularly inspected and employees are thoroughly trained to monitor guests for safety. However, employees are not intended to be the only supervision of guests, especially children. We ask that you observe all farm restrictions and safety instructions.
To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all our farm guests, please respect the following rules:
Guest Safety: Rader Family Farms, LLC is not responsible for personal accidents that occur while on the farm property. By entering onto the farm property, you are assuming liability and responsibility for the safety of yourself and those accompanying you, including minors. It is also assumed that those entering onto the property are carriers of their own health insurance policies.
*Age Policy : Anyone 14 and Younger must be accompanied by a Paying Adult (age 18yrs+) to enter into the Activity Area. Although most of our activities are staffed, they are not Supervised. Your safety is important to us, and we bet you will have fun playing alongside your children as well! Children entering the Big Corn Maze must be at least 14yrs14yrs old to enter without an Adult (18yrs+). Cellphones are handy to bring into the maze as well.
Pets: Pets are not allowed onto the farm, for the safety of other guests and farm animals on the property. Per ADA guidelines, ONLY service animals are allowed. Sorry, this does NOT include support/companion animals, animals in strollers or being carried. There are farm animals and children on the farm, thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Farm Animals: Although we are excited for you to meet our farm animals, please remember we are not a petting zoo. The animals are friendly but also unpredictable. As always, we recommend that children nor adults do not reach over or through our animal fences. Please be aware of the possibility of farm animal and hay related allergy exposures. We have hand-sanitizing stations and hand washing sinks in the animal areas and always recommend washing hands after visiting our animals.
Smoking: For the safety of everyone, smoking (including E-Cigs and Vaping) is highly prohibited everywhere on the farm.
Food: Outside food is prohibited, including special events, corporate events and birthdays. Scheduled field trips have the privilege of bringing sack lunches.
Allergies: Please be aware of the possibility of farm animal, hay/straw and other environmental related allergy exposures while on the farm. More information is available about food allergies upon request as well. Please see first aid below.
First Aid: Limited basic assistance is offered as a convenience to our guests while on the farm. It is not intended to replace professional medical care. Personal medical devices such as Inhalers and Epi-Pens are recommended to be on persons (including field trips) at all times, as there can be environmental triggers on the farm. These devices are not available from first aid. All incidents will be documented on an incident report, but is NOT intended as any type of agreement between parties. Rader Family Farms, LLC reserves the right to contact additional professional medical services, such as 911, as determined necessary.
Weather: Rader Family Farms is aware of the local weather radar. Please be aware that there is not a safety shelter available to all guests at one time. If inclement weather is forecasted, current guests will be advised to seek additional shelter elsewhere, and the farm reserves the right to close the farm as deemed necessary for safety. There is not a guarantee of refunds for rain. Paying admission to the farm with questionable weather is at your own discretion.
Working Farm: Rader Family Farms is a part of a live working grain farm operation. Although the grain farm operation is separated from the pumpkin farm grounds, it is still on the same property. Please advise children to never approach working farm equipment, and be cautious of the possibility of farm equipment near the pumpkin farm entrance and exit. The farm and it's private entrance is not accessible to the public.
Handicap Access: Rader Family Farms is proud to offer multiple Handicap parking spots. We also have an asphalt pathway that circles through most of the activity area. Part of the walking path is also packed gravel, and may be gently sloping in some areas. Handicap Accessible Restrooms are inside the pumpkin retail barn.
Parking: Our large parking area is on Illinois' rich farmland. It is used in the summer to grow sweet corn, and then it is transformed into a parking lot for the fall season using alfalfa and other ground cover. At times, the field may hold water and can be uneven in places. We do our best to avoid soft grounds, but it is always a possibility. Please park carefully and follow all posted signage. Check our Facebook page for up-to-date farm condition special announcements.
Lost Children: Rader Family Farms is aware of the possibility of children wandering away from their party. Although supervision is the guardian's and teacher's responsibility, the farm is able to respond quickly when a child is missing from their group. Please inform children that if they get lost, they can contact any employee for assistance, as they are trained what to do in that type of situation. If there is a current missing child, be advised that the exit gates to the parking lot may be temporarily closed until the situation is resolved. Teachers are expected to have an initial and final child count before arrival and departure. We appreciate your cooperation.
Lost & Found Items: Although we are not responsible for lost or stolen personal items, many kind customers and employees turn in found items to our front desk inside the main barn. We cannot lock-up all found personal property. If you are missing an item, please come to the front desk inside the main barn to request your item. We are unable to search for items over the phone, nor mail them back to you. Found items may still be available for a short time after our season has concluded.
Special Attraction's Age/Weight Restrictions (not all are listed, many intended for all ages)
All attractions and activities are intended for those in good health at their own and parental discretion, according to their abilities and at their own risk.
Corn Maze: The multi-acre corn maze has age restrictions for day and night mazes. The corn maze is not intended for those with recent surgery, heart history, high blood pressure, anxiety, claustrophobia, panic attacks, mobility limitations, dizziness, seizures, severe environmental allergies or any other health issues that could be triggered by long distance walking and a disorientation to location. There is a phone number on the map that a guest can call if they need assistance while in the corn maze. The maze is monitored by Corn Cops, but every guest's exact location in the maze is not being monitored. Guests must be at least 14yrs old or older to enter the corn maze without an adult (18yrs+).
Little Village: For 6years and Under
Barrel Train Ride: For ages 10yrs and Under or 70lbs and Under
Wild Horse Swings: For ages 10yrs and Under or 70lbs and Under
Mountain Slide: Single riders only, recommended for ages 8 and above.
Jumping Pillow: Is intended for use by persons in good general health. For the safety of others, weight restriction is 250lbs/person and a maximum number of jumpers at one time. Not for use by those who have had recent surgery, heart history, high blood pressure, neck or back injuries or problems, leg or ankle injuries or weakness, dizziness, seizures, motion sickness, or any other health issues that could be aggravated by strenuous activities such as jumping. It is not recommended for pregnant women or young babies. Jumpers are responsible for themselves and the children that accompany them. Parents are responsible for children jumping on pillow, even if they are not jumping.
Apple Blasters: Young children will need adult assistance. Ear (sound) protection is available.