Introducing the newest member on our farm, Teddy Bear! We adopted this little guy a few weeks ago and he has been settling in nicely to his new home. He plays well with others and has a super fun personality. This handsome pony enjoys eating horse biscuits and carrots, which compliment his round figure. Give him a big hello the next time you are here on the farm!
Double J Farm is a mecca of activities for the entire family and animal lovers of all ages! We have so much going on here for our little farmers to see and get their hands dirty with to keep everyone entertained. The beauty of having our farm located just outside of Chicago means we are a quick drive away, but far enough from the big-city noise and traffic to feel like a mini oasis out here in the Western Suburbs.
There are so many benefits for bringing your family to Double J Farm, but here are a few of our favorites!
It creates an authentic connection between the two-dimensional books you read to your kiddos and real life.
Meeting a real life sheep or pig brings the stories you read to your little ones to life for them. By visiting the animals here on the farm, each child is exposed to new vocabulary and information that expands their comprehension of the world. While meeting face to face with a sheep or a pig, they learn about their habitats and unique, survival adaptations- which helps to cement that knowledge into their growing minds, helping to build their cognitive skills that they will use throughout life.
A farm is a sensory factory for little eyes, noses, and ears.
Research shows that the first five years of life are the most crucial for a child’s cognitive development. With all the animals on the farm, there is a plethora of noises, textures, and smells to stimulate children’s ever-curious minds. During our early childhood programs, such as Jr. Farmers or Parents and Tots, we encourage our little farmers to interact with our animals and build a connection with them; which boost their level of comfort coming into contact with new things. As they grow older, our Horse and Animal Adventure camps create even more opportunities for them to learn and grow even more confident in their own abilities.
Inspires children to be protectors of animals and the environment.
Each season on the farm brings about new opportunities for children to encounter what we call “the farm life.” From picking fruits and vegetables in our garden during the Summer months to animal encounters all year round, we offer educational activities that encourage healthy development and a sense of responsibility of being good caretakers of our animals and the environment. We learn about composting, recycling, and how to be good stewards of our world so that everyone can enjoy it.
These are just a few of the benefits of exposing children from an early age to life on our farm, and there are so many more great reasons to visit. Come see for yourself! Everyone is welcome at Double J Farm, so join us as we embark on a new adventure every day!