See You In 2021

Opening Day

September 11

Farmtastic Activities

Our vision:

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

2021 Hours of Operation:  10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays AND Columbus Day 

NEW THIS SEASON: Friday and Saturday hours are extended, to 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.!

Please review our Farm Safety Guidelines

Illinois Agritainment at its finest

The variety of activities available at Rader Family Farms continues to be part of what keeps families coming back year after year. It's been exciting work and we hope farm visitors will enjoy the enhancements we've added this year. Your paid admission grants you access to most activities. There is an additional fee for the Apple Blasters (open weekdays from 3 p.m. to close and weekends) and face painting (on weekends). Check out our map of the farm!

  • Apple Blasters/Slingshots: Shoot apples at targets at about 300 mph. Or head for the upper deck of our Blasters area and shoot at the targets with a slingshot. Challenge your friends and family to a shooting competition. Apples for the Blasters/Slingshots are sold separately.


  • Jumping Pillow: Put plenty of bounce in your step as you jump on a pillow of air.


  • Duck Races: Hand pump the lever to move your duck through the water trough and win the race.


  • Chalk Truck: Be creative, and draw or write on the sides of this truck.


  • Double Barrel Chute: Shoot through the 40-foot barrel slide. Be ready for a quick ride!


  • Rat Rollers: Roll yourself along a track in an oversized tube.
    Rat Rollers at Rader Family Farms

  • U-Pick Pumpkins: Journey out into more than six acres of U-Pick pumpkins to find the perfect one!
    Rader Family Farms U Pick Pumpkin Patch

  • Tire Tower: Climb up, over and on big combine tires while playing in a bed of sand.
    Tire Tower at Rader Family Farms

  • School House: Visit the school house and learn about agriculture in Illinois. 
  • Hitchin' Post snack shop open in the School House on weekends.
    Tire Tower at Rader Family Farms

  • 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

  • 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, post office, kitchen and much more! 
    Little Village at Rader Family Farms

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


  • 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!
    Barnyard Ball Throw at Rader Family Farms

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


  • Oversized Sandbox: Dig your way to the bottom!
    Oversized sandbox at Rader Family Farms

  • Pedal-Powered Trikes: Use your muscles to pedal around the track.
    Pedal Powered Trikes at Rader Family Farms

  • Tractor Tire Swing: Go for a spin on a large tractor tire.


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


  • Rodeo 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.
    Rodeo Round Up at Rader Family Farms

  • Wild Horses: Swing high while riding the wild horse swings.
    Wild Horses at Rader Family Farms

  • Straw Castle: Oversized straw bales create an exciting castle tower that is fun to climb and explore.
    Rader Family Farms Straw Castle

  • Corny Bins: Go "swimming" in 18 to 20 inches of corn in our two bins, each of which holds about 350 bushels of corn.  (Corny Bins WILL BE CLOSED FOR OUR 2021 SEASON)


  • Tractor Test Drive: Climb the steps of the big red tractor and pretend you're the farmer planting the crops.


  • Critter Cart: For our smallest friends.... Come climb aboard and enjoy a tractor-pulled ride!


  • 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!

  • 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!  
  • Selfie Scavenger Hunt: Grab your camera and put your 'SELF' in the fun capturing memories on the farm.

  • Face Painting: Come see our wonderful artist... The Zoo Lady, and choose your favorite design for your face! Face painting is available on Saturdays and Sundays, at an additional cash cost. Face Painting at Rader Family Farms
  • 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!