Field Trip to Rader Family Farms

posted Sep 15, 2013, 1:37 PM by Laurene Stephens

Looking for a fun FALL FIELD TRIP?
Why not take a trip & join with other MOPS moms and Kids at RADER FAMILY FARMS in Normal, IL?

Thursday, September 19th plan to have a "playdate" field trip at Rader Family Farms! 
It takes about an hour to get there from if you want to carpool or caravan together we can meet at St John Lutheran Church & head out together leaving at 9:00 am. 
Then we can plan on having lunch there (either pack a lunch for a picnic or they have a Cafe there) & heading back to Champaign again by 1 or 1:30. 

There are admission fees:   
$6.00 Adults & Children (3 and Up) Weekdays
Children 2 and under are always FREE
$3.00 Seniors (65 and up) Weekdays

You can find out more about RADER FAMILY FARMS on their website:

To get there:
Coming on I-74 from the east, follow I-74 West/I-55 North around the southwest side of Bloomington. As the interstate starts heading north, you'll see the Market St. (Rte 9/ Rte 150) exit. Take the Market St. Exit 160 and turn east (right) onto Market St. at the off ramp. Go to the second stoplight, Martin Luther King Dr., and turn north (left). MLK Dr. will wind north and east and you'll cross some railroad tracks at a stoplight. Turn north (left) at that set of stoplights onto White Oak Road. Continue north on White Oak Rd. for about 2 miles. You will pass through one set of stoplights (College Ave). and continue on for another 400 yards. You'll then turn right onto Ropp Rd./1200 E. The farm will be about a 1/2 mile north of that intersection on the right side of the road.

If you are interested in coming out for this FIELD TRIP Playdate, please let Laurie Stephens know by at least the evening of Wednesday, Sept 18th.  This is especially important if you are planning to carpool or caravan from St John Lutheran.  You can contact her via e-mail  ( or phone (217)-778-1494. 

Keep reading below for more detailed information about the activities on the farm!               Hope to see you there!

Agritainment at its Best! 
Your paid admission grants you access to every activity they have available with the exception of the big corn maze & face painting. You can see a detailed listing of activities below.

  • .New in 2013: Duck Races, Spider Web & Roly Poly Whether you want to race ducks against your friends, roll yourself down a track in an oversized tube or crawl like a spider around a cargo net suspended between poles.
  • U Pick Pumpkins Journey out into the six acres of U-Pick pumpkins to find the perfect one for you!
  • Tire Tower Reaching up into the stratosphere, the Tire Tower is great for testing your outdoor climbing skills.
  • The Schoolhouse The Schoolhouse is the first stop on field trips during the week.
  • The Crop Circle When you stroll thru the pie shaped display you will be able to see up close eight different Illinois crops.  You will be able to learn some interesting facts about each crop.  This display is adorned by the Illinois Flag.
  • The Little Village Kids six and under will enjoy playing in and around the miniature town. Shop for Illinois grown products in the market and drop your mail off at the Post Office. Then hurry home to fix your meal back at the playhouses.  Just for the Little People!
  • Kiddie Corn Maze The 1 acre corn maze is just perfect for children and the faint of heart who do not want to wander for too long thru the paths.  Located on the north end of the farm near the tram station, the Kiddie Corn Maze should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.
  • Mountain Slide The tallest mountain in McLean County! Climb the steep mountain to the top of the big slide and slide down, down the mountain. Then climb back up again.
  • Sandbox Dig and dig the biggest hole in the big sandbox with the cool diggers.
  • Pedal Powered Go Carts & Trikes Test your driving skills with the go carts as you pedal around the track.
  • Cattle Chute & Haystack Run up the cattle shoot and jump into the big haystack. That’s good old fashioned fun!
  • Big Wheels Crossing Try your skills at climbing high on the big spools wheels and then down again.
  • Rodeo Round-Up Get in the saddle and try your skill at roping the steer.  How fun to be a cowboy or cowgirl.
  • Wild Horses Swing high while riding the new horse swings (see weight limit posted)
  • Jumping Pillow Our bright colored jumping pillow will be enjoyed by kids of all ages.
  • Straw Castle Large straw bales create a castle tower that is lots of fun to climb and explore.
  • Corny Bins Nothing says central Illinois like a large bin of corn for kids to root around in other than two bins of corn and that's what we have. Come have some fun and learn some fun corn facts on the inside of the bins.
  • The Barnyard The Barnyard has received some new goats again this fall.  Watch the bunnies in their Bunny Village.  In the barn you can see a momma pig and babies and some sheep. In the poultry pen you can find turkeys as well as some pretty chickens and a beautiful rooster. The goats love climbing their  bridge to get to the round feeding pen where you can feed them pellets for only a quarter. The Barnyard is full and running over with fun, playful animals for you to enjoy.
  • Tractor Test Drive Climb up in the big red tractor and pretend you're the farmer planting the crops.
  • Caterpillar & Ladybug Barrel Rides for Kids Let the children ride around the farm on the caterpillar or ladybug barrel ride while you enjoy a coffee or cider.
  • Picture Perfect Spot Climb up in our 1951 Chevy pick-up truck for a great photo of the kids or the entire family.   Capture that trip to the farm with a photo so you can remember the great time you had harvesting memories just on the edge of Normal.

*JUST A NOTE ABOUT LUNCH:  if you plan to pack a picnic lunch please be aware that they are saying that they don't allow outside food on the farm.  You may or may not be able to bring your lunch into the farm area, but in the past there has been space near the parking area where you could put down a blanket & comfortably sit & eat lunch.

Assignment for MOPS moms...

posted Aug 5, 2013, 12:54 PM by Laurene Stephens

Ladies!  Hi!  So, it is almost 1 month until our 1st MOPS meeting of the year & we have an assignment for you.  Between now & Sept 9th would you please take a picture of the messiest "thing" in your life? 

In the spirit of our theme this year, "A Beautiful Mess" we'd like to do an activity with you all at our 1st meeting where we share about our biggest messes.  We'll even offer a special "something extra" for those of you who manage to be in the picture of your biggest mess!

Thanks & we're looking forward to a great year!

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