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Bee Week

Come out next Tuesday and Friday to learn all about BEES with our bee keeper Wally!

During this 1 hour demonstration you will learn what it takes to be a bee keeper, see part of a real hive with live bees, extract honey from the honeycombs, learn about honey wax, churn honey and sample honey from Double J’s hive.

Offered on:

Tuesday, October 8th: 10 – 11 am

Friday, October 11th: 10:30-11:30 am

$10 per person, Adults and Children Welcomed

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Tiny Animal Adventure and Junior Farmers Bee Week: This week during our Tiny Animal Adventure and Junior Farmer’s program, our little ones will be busy bees will read a story about the life cycle of a bee, learn fun bee facts, met our bee keepers with their bees, watched the bee keepers extract honey from the hives, play a fun pollination game collecting “pollen” and bringing it back to the hive, sample honey, made an exciting bee craft, and play some bee games. Junior Farmers also have the option of adding on a riding and grooming lesson to the end of their class. Does this sound like an exciting activity for your little one? Find out more about our Tiny Animal Adventure and Junior Farmer program and other farm programs at Double J below! It’s a great week to be a Tiny Animal, no matter what the weather forecast! 

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** Meeting bee keeper and extracting honey from hives will only take place in the Tuesday Junior Farmer and Friday Tiny Animal Adventure class



Adult Do It Yourself Classes


Adult Classes!

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Stop letting your kids have all the fun and join us each week for a class you’ll never forget!

Meet the Instructor, Amanda!

Amanda Thomsen is an avid gardener, cooker and crafter. She is also the author of Kiss My Aster, Backyard Adventure and writes for Green Profit Magazine, as well as a brownie troop leader and overall nature lover. With her experience working in landscape design and being a mom herself she is an expert at teaching moms how fun do it yourself projects can really be!

She lives with her husband, daughter, Husky, dachshund/pug mix and cat in Palos Park. Amanda cant wait to teach you how to make your own dryer sheets, start up a backyard chicken coop, create winter wreaths that will hang on your door all season long and so much more!

Read more about Amanda and catch up on her blog at:

Class Schedule:

Sept 18-Composting 101 6-7pm $10 learn the basics so you can compost at home using a variety of methods. Learn how and what you can compost and what to do with it once you’ve made it. 

Sept 25- How to Keep Your Houseplants Alive 6-7pm $10 Keeping houseplants alive can be a struggle, learn how to choose plants that will thrive for you, learn how to care for them and how to troubleshoot any problems you may encounter. 

Oct 2- Make Your Own Detergent and Reusable Dryer Sheets 6-7pm $20 DIY your own laundry detergent and dryer sheets that are non-toxic, custom-scented and get the job done. Participants will bring home their creations. 

Oct 9- Terrarium Studio 6-7pm $30 Come and plant up a terrarium in a vintage, upcycled vessel! Everything is provided for you to make & take your terrarium, including a lesson on how to keep it alive. 

Oct 16- Backyard Chickens 6-7pm $10 Learn the basics on adding chickens to your backyard. From zoning to overwintering to eggs, learn everything you need to know before you buy that custom coop!

Oct 23- Homemade Soap 6-7pm $20 Learn how soap is made, with additions such as essential oils, oatmeal or goats milk. Pick up your soap once it has dried and cured (in time for the holidays). 

Oct 30- Make Creepy Candles 6-7pm $20 Make Halloween themed (or everyday) candles using everyday items from around the house. Participants will bring home at least one candle. 

Nov 6- Making Bread 101 6-7pm $15 Learn a foolproof bread recipe and taste all the variations you can make with it. From cinnamon raisin bread to garlic and cheese loaf, if you’ve always failed at homemade bread in the past, this class is for you. 

Nov 13th- Bring Home an Amaryllis 6-7pm $20 Learn all about amaryllis bulbs then pot one up that will bloom in 6 to 8 weeks, just in time for Christmas. Participants will bring home their creations. 

Nov 20th- Making Household Cleansers 6-7pm $20 Make an all-purpose cleaner, a shower cleaner and reusable cleaning wipes in this fun class. Participants get to bring home their creations along with the recipes to make refills with. 

Nov 27th- No class

Dec 4th- Wreath making class 6-7pm $40 Make a custom winter wreath from fresh greens. Learn how to design and create your own wreath from pine, fir and cedar. Each participant brings home their fragrant creation. 

Dec 11th- DIY Dog Treats 6-7pm $15 Participants will make a few kinds of dog treats to take home. Perfect for filling your fur baby’s stocking this Christmas. 

Dec 18th- Make a Centerpiece From Fresh Greens 6-7pm $25 Create a centerpiece for your holiday dinners in this fun class. Greens, cinnamon sticks, ribbons and other materials will be available for you to use. 

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Join us for our beloved Early Childhood Classes this Fall starting August 30th! We’ve got Tiny Animal Adventures for 18 months and up and Junior Farmers for ages 3-6! Each week has a different theme so the fun can carry on all year long!! Click the link to read more and sign up!

Student Horse Show


Student Horse Show


Double J Riding Club’s Annual Student Horse Show is September 29th,  2019 from 8 am – 5 pm. This show is open to Double J students of all levels. Students receive encouraging feedback on their riding skills from professional horse show judges.

Every student receives a medal!

Double J encourages family and friends to come out and cheer on the rider. The $80 entry fee includes one flat and one course class. The fee for our Tiny Riders is $40 (ages 3-5 only), which includes a flat and course class combination.


A few things to keep in mind:

-Please make sure you give us 4 separate horses it is very important for our horse selection process.

-We will assign ride times and horses 1 week prior to the horse show.

-Please sign in at least 30 minutes prior to your ride time. Your specific riding portion of the show will last around 30 minutes.

-Friends and families are allowed and encouraged to come cheer you on.

-There is no fee to come watch. You are also allowed and encouraged to stay and watch other classes anytime throughout the day as well as walk around to the different tables and activities going on at the show.

-There will be a concession stand for food and beverages.

-We will be selling our Double J apparel and other fun horse items at the horse show. Perfect way to jump start gift shopping for the holidays coming up!

-Double Js IEA team will be holding their annual bake sale

-This is a casual student horse show so there is no required apparel for the show.

-Closing date for the horse show is September 12th.

-To enter please sign up on our website under the lesson tab and then click on horse show. Or use the link below. We can NOT save any spots without registration and payment completed.


Sign up Here! 

*Please remember you must be in ongoing weekly riding lessons with Double J to sign up for our Student Horse Show


Set your DVR!!

On Thursday August 8th from 7:30-10:00 AM


Double J will be featured on WGN’s Around Town segment with Ana Beleval!


We’ll be showing off some of our Early Childhood programs and new birthday party packages as our summer camp season comes to an end.

We’re so excited for this opportunity and hope you tune in to see all the fun!

2019 Summer Intermediate/ Advance Camps

2019 Summer Intermediate/ Advance Horse Camps!


Open to Intermediate and Advance Riders only. This 4 day, 5 hour long day camp is filled with everything an experience horse lover would dream of including;

  • A full 45 minute riding lesson everyday practicing different riding skills such as flatwork, obstacles, jumping, dressage and bareback
  • Gymkhana Day: Games on horseback. Riders are broken into teams and participate in games such as keyhole, relay races, flag race, egg and spoon, hot potato and musical horses
  • Hands on grooming and tacking station, where riders can groom and tack the horse they will be riding
  • Advanced horse lessons such as different horse feedings, tack, first aid, clipping, braiding, lunging, etc.
  • A variety of fun horse crafts
  • Learning parts of a horse while finger painting and bathing a horse
  • Learning how to make a riding course in jumping, western and dressage disciplines
  • Horseless Horse Show: Campers compete in horse-show divisions with just one catch: there won’t be any horses involved! Rather, campers will walk, trot, canter and jump themselves through several classes. Judges will score campers as if it was a “real” horse show, looking for correct leads at the canter, finding spots over jumps, etc.
  • Horse games, scavenger hunts and much more!

Campers bring their own snack, lunch and plenty to drink.

Weeklong Camps


Ages 8-15

11 am – 4 pm

$350 per week

Intermediate Camps

(must know how to walk, trot and canter and have taken a minimum of 3 months of weekly riding lessons)

Week 1: June 17th- June 20th

Week 2: July 29th- August 1st


Advance Camps

(must know how to walk, trot and canter in a group setting and be going over jumps in weekly lessons)

Week 1: June 24th- June 27th

Week 2: August 5th- August 8th


A Few Things to Keep In Mind:

  • Please make sure your child qualifies before registering for an intermediate or advance camp. If you register for an inappropriate level camp we will contact you and unregister your child.
  • Due to staffing commitments there are no refunds after 14 days prior to camp start date
  • Camps will be limited to 6 riders per week
  • Camps fill quickly, so register early!
  • Sorry no makeups for missed days
  • Please, drive slowly through our neighborhood, children are at play
  • Before and After Care is available beginning at 8 am and ending at 5 pm

Introducing Teddy Bear, Our New Miniature Pony!

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!

Benefits of Visiting Double J 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!