Farmtastic Activities

Activities at Rader Family Farms

Our Vision

“Connecting the community to the farm through the influence of faith, family and fun.”

Be sure to check out our 2024 calendar for additional special events and activities that offer opportunities for enjoyment beyond the fall harvest. Whether it’s a summer celebration or a winter wonderland, there’s always something exciting happening at Rader Family Farms.


Your go-to destination for agritainment and fun

At Rader Family Farms, we believe in offering our guests an unforgettable experience that’s filled with fun, excitement, and plenty of memories to cherish. That’s why we’re proud to offer more than 50 activities included in the admission price, covering a whopping 96% of our farm attractions!


Mega slide:

Fly down our 250-foot slide — perhaps the tallest and longest of its kind in the nation! Riders must be at least 42 inches tall to experience this thrilling ride.

Little village:

Kids 6 years old and under will enjoy playing in and around the miniature town, including hands-on play time in a market, diner, bank, post office, and house!

Pedal-powered karts:

Pedal karts for all ages! Use your muscles to pedal around the track.

Low-ropes challenge course:

17 obstacles combine to test your skills. Great for team-building and challenging your friends.

Konk a crow:

The crows are lined up and ready to steal our corn. Konk them with a ball to send their feathers flying.

Apple Blasters:

Shoot apples at targets at about 300 mph. Challenge your friends and family to a shooting competition. Hit the Chick-fil-A target and receive a gift card for a complementary menu item from Chick-fil-A. Apples for the Blasters are sold separately.

Jumping Pillow:

Put plenty of bounce in your step as you jump on a pillow of air.

Jumping Pillow at Rader Family Farms

Rat rollers:

Roll yourself along a track in an oversized tube.

Duck Races:

Hand pump the lever to move your duck through the water trough and win the race.

Duck Races at Rader Family Farms

Giant bubbles:

Use the wands to make huge bubbles that are fun to watch and fun to try to catch.

Critter Cart:

For our smallest friends… Come climb aboard and enjoy a tractor-pulled ride!

Chalk Truck:

Be creative, and draw or write on the sides of this truck.

Chalk Truck at Rader Family Farms

Bucket ball:

It’s not enough to get the ball in the big bucket. You also have to catch it when it comes out of one of the four openings, and you never know which way it’s going to go.

Double Barrel Chute:

Shoot through the 40-foot barrel slide. Be ready for a quick ride!

Double Barrel Shoot Family Farms

Roller Bowler:

Roll your ball along the runners at just the right speed so it comes to a rest in the dip. It’s trickier than it sounds!

Roller Bowler at Family Farms

U-pick pumpkins:

Check out clippers and a wagon, then check out the field full of pumpkins waiting patiently for you to take them home. Note: Our U-pick pumpkins are charged by the pound, and we also have a wide variety of harvested pumpkins and gourds available in our produce area.

Tire Tower:

Climb up, over and on big farm vehicle tires while playing in a bed of sand.

School House:

Visit the school house and learn about agriculture in Illinois.

Schoolhouse at Rader Family Farms


You and your opponent engage in a frantic battle to grab, smack and throw the “tethered” ball in opposite directions. Sound easy? It isn’t.

Tram Ride:

Take a fun-filled ride around the farm to learn about this working farm and about the family that works it.

Feed the goats:

Purchase goat food cups for the fun of feeding our dozens of goats. They get excited when they see the red cups!

Barnyard ball throw:

Challenge your family member, co-worker or friend to the ultimate duel! Test your ability to shoot hoops, pitch a strike and throw a touchdown! May the best one win!

Combine Slide:

Take a seat inside the cab of our combine, then race your friends to the bottom.

Digging sandbox:

Use the scoop to dig your way to the bottom!

Corny Bins:

Go “swimming” in two feet of corn in our two bins, each of which holds about 400 bushels of corn.

Skee ball:

We converted a livestock trailer into a skee ball game for your bowling pleasure.

Tractor Tire Swing:

Go for a spin on a large tractor tire.

Tug o’ war:

Ready? Pull! Challenge your friends and family with this classic test of strength.

Roping roundup:

Roping is not as easy as they make it look on TV. Climb up in the saddle and try your hand at roping the steer.

Wild Horses:

Swing high while riding the wild horse swings.

Straw Castle:

Oversized straw bales create an exciting castle tower that is fun to climb and explore.

Pumpkin Checkers:

Challenge someone to a big checkers game with miniature pumpkins.

Animated talking corn show:

Take a seat and enjoy the funny talking corn! Sponsored by The Corn Crib.

Who’s your pumpkin:

Ask your opponent questions to see who can identify the other person’s pumpkin first.

Corn Ball:

Challenge your friends to a volleyball match over a net of straw bales.

Picture perfect spot:

Arrange your group around our 1951 Chevy pickup truck for a great photo of the kids or the entire family. Capture those memories of your trip to the farm, just on the edge of Normal. Remember to put #RaderFamilyFarms in your posts!

Picture Perfect at Rader Family Farms

Selfie Scavenger Hunt:

Grab your camera and put your ‘SELF’ in the fun capturing memories on the farm.

Face Painting:

Sure, we already have animals on the farm, but with a visit to the farm’s face painter you join the pack. Face painting is available on Saturdays and Sundays for an additional cash cost.

Scarecrow Scramble:

We’ve got 66 scarecrows on the farm! Find the 18 named scarecrows to fill in the blanks on our game sheet, which is available in the mailbox by the School House. After you complete the game sheet, take it to the Outdoor Produce Checkout for a prize. Happy hunting and have fun!

Spider Web:

Climb around and even get caught in our giant spider web.

Cattle chute:

We’re betting that people who climb this chute and jump onto the pad enjoy the experience much more than the cattle did.

Wall ball:

Carefully pull the strings to move a golf ball to the top of wall without falling into a hole along the way.

Giant Jenga:

The Jenga stacking challenge gets more intense when it’s done on a bigger scale!

Shoot the moon:

Carefully move the bars to guide the ball toward you and drop it into just the right spot.

Crop Circle:

Stroll through the Crop Circle to see and learn interesting facts about the eight largest and most common crops grown in Illinois. This display is adorned by the Illinois flag.

Crop Circle at Rader Family Farms