I've said this before, but Devin Jr. absolutely
loves animals right now. He sees a dog, points and just laughs. He
loves going to the pet store and has a huge smile on his face when
we look at the dogs, cats and even fish. His eyes are wide
With Devin Jr. having such an interest in animals, we
thought we'd try something new and took him to Fair Oaks
Farms in Fair Oaks, Ind. It's about an hour south of Chicago,
but trust me, it's well worth the trip.
Driving with a 2-year-old in the backseat can sometimes be
a challenge, I know, but don't let the drive keep you from making
The farm is right off Interstate 65, and there are a lot
of places to stop and eat on your way.
We went through a drive-thru on the way. Inside the kids'
meal was, of course, a toy cow. How weird, but it made Devin's day,
and he played with it the entire trip. I can't imagine what it
would be like for him to get a bobblehead of his dad one
When we got there, I was absolutely blown away with this
farm. I had no idea that this huge milk-producing farm was so close
to the city. For a city kid like me, it was a real eye-opener. It's
hard to miss when you're driving down the interstate-there are
massive barns all over and the huge sign with the cow at the
entrance reads: "A Dairy Good Time for the Family."
First off, Fair Oaks Farms is a real dairy farm, and a
huge one at that. They've made it a fun, interactive place for kids
and adults to play and learn about the industry, but most
importantly, it's a farm first. You can't imagine how big this
place is. They produce about 2.5 million pounds of milk per day.
Per day! They told us that that's enough milk to provide for the
cities of Chicago and Indianapolis combined. And it's cool that
they took us around and let us see some of the milking procedures.
Devin Jr. got a little bored during that part of the visit, but my
wife and I were absolutely stunned at the entire
They have an Adventure Center at the farm, and Devin Jr.
was all about that. It's educational, but also very interactive for
someone like my little guy. They make it fun with slides and
playground equipment in Mooville. I'm not sure who had more fun at
the farm this year, me or Devin Jr. Devin had fun there, but I know
when he gets a little older that he'll really appreciate it more.
Fair Oaks Farms is something everyone should see.
I have a feeling we'll be back as he gets older. If
nothing else, I want to go again.
Devin Hester is a receiver for the Chicago Bears and father of Devin, 1.
See more of Devin's stories here.
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