Last year, we had an amazing treat with tulips in Chicagoland. When I heard that Kuipers Family Farm was having their first tulip festival this year, I knew we had to go. All I have to say is wow! The tulips were beautiful, everything was organized, and there were so many things to do especially for the kids. Read all about our experience at Kuipers Family Farm Tulip Fest as well as tips to enjoy your visit. Hurry before the tulips are gone!
Disclosure: A huge thanks to Kuipers Family Farm for hosting my family and I.I was not required to express a particular point of view. I’m just super excited to share all my findings with you! All opinions are my own.
Our experience at Kuipers Family Farm Tulip Fest
Breathtaking tulips at Kuipers Family Farm Tulip Fest
With over 300,000 tulips and more than 20 varieties, the tulips on display definitely wowed. Absolutely breathtaking! Even though it was Mother’s Day and pretty busy, the area was spread out over 5 acres so there was plenty room to roam.
The cutest photo ops
What I loved about Kuipers Family Farm is that they had photo props everyone. I would say almost every variety of tulip had their own special prop. think the kids had a great time looking for all the fun photos ops like a bicycle, a few tractors, a huge chair, and so much more. My absolute favorite was this cute windmill!
Cut your own tulips
If you’re looking for one of the best souvenirs, make sure to to cut our own tulips like we did. The staff recommended perusing the fields first to find the perfect tulips, then to come back to them and get the scissors.This also gave the kids an opportunity to “find their own perfect tulip” as we were tiptoeing through the tulips.
Food trucks and music
Who knew admiring and taking photos with tulips could make you so hungry? Luckily, they had popcorn stands and food trucks were available. They also have their own cafe serving their own food including their yummy blueberry and strawberry donuts. If you can hold off or need more food, read below for my fun food suggestions.
So many activities
You guys, I did not expect to see so many fun activities included with admission! Some of their favorite activities included the huge slide, obstacle course, pedal bikes, slides, playground, bags. There are so many activities to choose from. (I would skip the Jumping Pillow on the weekends for the $2 extra charge though it’s free on weekdays.) Make sure to say hello to the animals. They even have a barn full of baby animals like chicks, ducks, and piglets. So cute!
Visit the Gift Shop
After walking out (you can get stamped to come back in), you’ll see the big barn which holds their gift shop. I was set on getting one thing – the famous blueberry and strawberry donuts. And, lucky for me, they happened to be on sale for buy one dozen get one free! Yes, that totally made my day! If you don’t want a dozen and just want one, there are food stands that sell the donuts for $1.50 each.
Tips to Enjoy Kuipers Family Farm Tulip Fest
- For up to date information, make sure to check out their Facebook page.
- Have young kids? I’d probably bring a wagon or heavy duty stroller. Just note that it may be muddy if it rains.
- If you plan to cut your own tulips, you can buy a mason jar. I suggest bringing your own to save a little bit of $$. After cutting tulips, they bag your tulips in water. So nice!
- Plan to spend a few hours here. With all the activities, the kids will NOT want to leave.
- Plan to come here later on for sunflowers and their fall festival.
What else is around here
- Get caffeinated with coffee at Soul Loco in Maple Park. The small but cute spot roasts their own beans. They have board games that help keep the kids entertained while mom and dad can enjoy their coffee.
- BBQ, mead (I love mead!), and brews at Obscurity Brewing. One of my fav spots ever!
- Corner Grind in Elburn offers coffee and light bites.
- Want to see more animals? On weekends at Rustic Road Farm in Elburn, you can hug goats!
Final Thoughts of Kuipers Family Farm Tulip Fest
What are you waiting for? Get on out and enjoy the tulips before they’re gone. PROMISE you the kids will have fun too!
Address: 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park
Hours: Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m; Saturday and Sunday open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Parking: Free parking lot