Giveaway: Four Passes to Blackberry Farm in Aurora

Tuesday, Aug 22nd, 2017 by

Update on Aug. 30, 2017: Congrats to Kristin (who would like to visit the 1950s for the cars and fashion) and Bridget (who would like to visit the machine age to see her grandparents’ childhoods). Their comments were picked at random as the winners of this fun giveaway. Thanks to the Fox Valley Park District for making it possible!



Editor’s Note: The following is a sponsored post brought to you by the Fox Valley Park District, but my family has visited Blackberry Farm a number of times over the years, and we always have such a wonderful day there!


If your family hasn’t visited Blackberry Farm in Aurora yet this year, you need to correct that oversight!


And good news … I have two sets of four FREE ADMISSION Blackberry Farm passes to give away two lucky Go West readers. I’ll tell you about how you can win the passes in a moment, but first a bit about Blackberry Farm for those who have never visited.



The Fox Valley Park District owns and operates Blackberry Farm, which is located on about 50 acres on the west side of Aurora off of Galena Boulevard. It is a living history museum where pioneer life is recreated through educational demonstrations and hands-on fun. Blackberry Farm first opened in 1969, so it’s been entertaining and educating generations of visitors. But in recent years, it has undergone a thorough modernization effort, putting it, as the Fox Valley Park District says, “at the crossroads of history and hip.”


The highlights of a trip to Blackberry Farm will vary for each family, but my daughter especially loves running up, down and around the adventure playground, touring Lake Gregory on the paddle boats, making creations in the weaver’s cabin and taking a hay wagon ride to the 1840s-era pioneer cabin. Other children will love the rides on the miniature train and carousel and visiting the barnyard animals and one-room schoolhouse.



One really nice feature of Blackberry Farm is that all the attractions are included in one admission price. For residents of the Fox Valley Park District, the entry fee is $4.50 for children/seniors and $5 for adults. For non-residents, the fee is $7 for children/seniors and $8 for adults. Children under 2 are always free.


Much of the fun to be had at Blackberry Farm is outdoors, so its hours vary by the season. You can check exact hours here, but for 2017, Blackberry Farm is open daily through Aug. 27. In September 2017, it’s open Friday through Sunday, and in October 2017, Saturdays and Sundays plus Columbus Day. There is a “Holiday Express” event planned for weekends in December, too.


Go West contributor Rebecca Greco used to live by Blackberry Farm – her family even had a season pass! – so before you visit, you’ll want to take a look at her Insider’s Guide with lots of tips about how to make the most of your visit.



So now about those free passes! I have four FREE ADMISSION passes to give away to two lucky Go West readers. To enter, all you have to do is answer the following question: If you could visit any time period in history, what would it be and why?


Remember to leave your email so we can contact you if you win. The winning comment will be picked using


For a 2nd entry, you can share news of this giveaway on a social media outlet of your choice. Just come back here and let us know where you shared it, and earn your 2nd entry. Again, please leave your email.


Giveaway starts now and will end at 3 p.m. Central on Tuesday, Aug. 29.


Here’s the fine print: No purchase necessary. Offer subject to availability. Offer does not apply to previously purchased tickets. Promotion cannot be combined with any other offer. There is a maximum of two entries per person. Tickets are not transferable. Contest will end at 3 p.m. Central on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Winners will be picked at random by If the winner does not respond to an email alerting them by noon on Friday, Sept. 1, Go West Young Mom has the right to choose another winner via Open to U.S. residents 18 and older. Tickets will be mailed to the winning readers. Prize is valued at about $30.


Remember, just answer the question in the comment section below and leave your email so we can let you know if you win: If you could visit any time period in history, what would it be and why?

Thank you to the Fox Valley Park District for making this giveaway possible. Good luck!

100 thoughts on “Giveaway: Four Passes to Blackberry Farm in Aurora

  1. Carrie

    I’d love to visit late 19th century during the time of pioneering the Wild West. I think it would be amazing to see the country in that state and ride in a covered wagon. Of course, just to visit- I’m good here with electricity, indoor plumbing and women’s rights. 😉

  2. Amanda

    I would love to go back to the 80’s just to be able to hang out with my family when we were kids again. Best childhood memories!

  3. Julie Nutt

    I would visit the time of the revolutionary war. Being a bit of a rebel myself, I would have loved to be a part of that time!

  4. Katie

    I would love to go back to the early 1900s and observe how my great grandma dealt with twins. I’m a twin mom and am curious as to what her life looked like without any modern day appliances.

  5. Claudia Uysaloglu

    The time period that I would visit in history would be 1879-1955, as it’s the time period Albert Einstein was alive. The mathematician/physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity was one incredibly brilliant individual who I would have loved to pick his brain.

  6. Sarah

    I would like to visit 1980-1999 so I could respond time with my dad who passed away in my 20’s.

  7. Rachel Sorce

    If I could visit any time period it would be Ancient Rome. They were so cutting edge at the time that it must have created such a sense of wonder and prosperity, and made anything seem possible!

  8. Bridget

    I would visit the machine age because I think it would be so interesting to see what life was like when my grandparents were little and growing up.

  9. Michelle

    I would visit the 1920’s so I could visit with my grandparents, my mom & her siblings when they were young!

  10. Julia P

    There are so many moments in world history that Indontnthink I could pick, so I will stick to a time period in American history. I would love to see the pioneer days like Little House on the Prairie.

  11. Hillary Neibert

    I would visit a Medieval castle during the Middle Ages, to see how it was to really live in a castle.

  12. Sarah

    I would visit the 30s-40s. I love the idea of a slower, simpler life when life thrived in relationship and hard work.

  13. Jessica V

    I would pick the 1950s – partly to see what my grandparents were like as parents of young kids!

  14. Donna Scheer

    Renaissance Period…
    The arts, architecture, politics, science, religion, and life were blossoming. A total rebirth.
    In grammar school we each dressed, shared a discover, a food or philosophy of the era!

  15. Jenna Berberich

    I would love to visist the 50s because I think I would fit in really well to that time period!

  16. Mariclaire

    I’d love to visit the 1890’s. Although I think life was more physical I think it would be an interesting tine

  17. Heidi

    The Roaring Twenties… women gaining the right to vote and the fashion/parties like those in The Great Gatsby!!

  18. Christina Loquercio

    I would have loved to meet Abraham Lincoln! The history behind his movement are just amazing!

  19. Nicole

    Love to go back to the Wild West to see the cowboys and settling on the land. Seeing the Gold Rush would also be interesting.

  20. Meghan San Roman

    Cave man times because I really loved reading Clan of the Cave Bear series. It would be interesting to see how they really lived compared to what archeologist’s interpreted.

  21. Melanie Kulla

    I would love to visit the 1890’s, Midwest, farm life! I have an old book written by a relative long gone now with stories of her life as a child during this time.

  22. Mary Minster

    I would like to visit the 1940s & 50s. Life the pride & support people had for our country & its troops. Also love the fashion & music.

  23. Rachel Olexa

    I wouldn’t visit the 1960s to experience all the music in our country and throughout the world.

  24. Jessica Taylor

    So many good answers here! I think I’ll borrow Sarah’s answer..30’s and 40’s. Simpler life with real relationships and slower pace

  25. Kelly

    I would visit the the time in Israel during which the great teacher Jesus Christ lived. It would be fascinating to see history unfold in this way and ask him questions!

  26. Bessie

    I would love the visit the 1930-1940’s to see how my parents were as teenagers, and meeting each other.

  27. Brienne J Champneys

    So many time periods I LOVE! Probably early 1st century during the time of Christ.

  28. Jennifer

    I would visit the 1950s bevause I would like to experience the same period my parents were born. Being a parent myself now, I think it would be interesting to go back in time and live what they lived.

  29. Lynne

    I always wanted to live in the Victorian era so I could wear those cool corsets and dresses. But really I wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder. I thought her house was so cozy and it was just a simpler time.

  30. JEnn smith

    The 1950’s! Love the traditional family values and simpler way of life. Outdoor kid living and family farms (this was the case in my family). Would love to be a little more tech free for a bit ( as I enter a contest with my smartphone 🙄😂😄)

  31. Rita S.

    The future. To see what it holds for my children & grandchildren/”great”-grandchildren. ♥️♥️♥️

  32. Kaye Boorom

    I would choose the 1940s because it was a time of great patriotism in America as well as a time when ordinary men and women became heros fighting for freedom.

  33. Jen

    1950s so curious about how my parents actually were as teenagers. And how much better life on general with out all the phones and such

  34. Jackie

    I would love to check out the 70’s and 80’s! I always hear such great things about the people and it seemed to be such positive times! Thank you!!

  35. kristin E menzer

    1960s or 70s to see my parents lifestyles and how spoiled we are now even 50 years later

  36. Katie

    The 1950’s. I’ve always loved this time period- simpler, but still had conveniences that made life easier.

  37. Stephanie Hernandez

    The 1980’s!!! Fantastic fashion and amazing music!!! And don’t get me even started on the movies! Go 80’s!!!

  38. Kathleen

    Definitely the roaring 20s. I’m raising my daughter to be a strong independent little woman and it was definitely a time of growth for women!

  39. Amy Avello

    I would love to travel back to the 1920’s and see what life was like with Capone and prohibition.

  40. Alyssa

    I would totally visit Europe, especially Italy, during the Renaissance. It would be so interesting to see that era’s art come to life.

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