We had a great time at the dairy farm! If you are within driving distance to Chicago and have little ones, I highly recommend it!
Despite not being able to have any contact with the actual cows on the farm, there was plenty for the kids to do. Cole didn't even complain about not being able to get in the cattle barns and work!
The milking wheel was so cool. The cattle were so calm and loved the ride. Some of them even try to sneak a second ride on the wheel!
And look at that holding pen! A sea of black and white with one lone brown cow. Chocolate milk, perhaps?
But the highlight of the trip for me was the birthing barn. We were able to see 2 calves born. My husband has seen this before, been right up in there, but it was a first for me. It was awesome to watch. The cows were so calm. They simply laid in the straw, chewed on their cud, and quietly delivered their 70 and 90 pound calves. I'll spare you the gory shots, but here are just a few of the awesome experience.
This calf had JUST come out and was already trying to stand and nurse. Unfortunately, it kept going for the knee cap.
After our trip, we headed to the hotel where there was lots of swimming and bed jumping.