Winter on the Farm
Snowball fight at the heritage farm at Kline Creek
Photo courtesy of Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Everyone remembers the excitement of a winter snowfall — and the powder-soft snowball fights that soon followed. Around the suburbs, two local “heritage farms” help you take a step back into the past, making simple old-time experiences easily accessible to modern-day fun seekers.
Take Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago, for instance. A working family farm during the 1890s, the restored farmstead — where everyone dresses in the spirit of days gone by — continues in the seasonal rhythms that have governed farm life for centuries. In winter, this means cutting blocks for the ice house, sharpening tools, baking pies and checking on sheep ready to lamb. Kline Creek’s Winter on the Farm program lets visitors do all that — and ride in a horse-drawn sleigh when the work is done.
Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley in Schaumburg has a full slate of authentic on-the-farm programs in warmer months and welcomes February and March visitors for ice-cream churning, butter making and cooking with iron. The snowy grounds are open to walkers and the nearby Vera Meinecke Nature Center offers Winter Days of Fun and, on certain nights, campfires in the cabin.Edit Module