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 random.org.
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 random.org. 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 random.org. 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!