Rockford Park Districts Lockwood Park offers birthday celebration weekend fun on the farm for children of all ages! Parties booked for dates through November include a hayride, pony ring ride, and either a horsemanship demonstration or a Childrens Farm visit, as well as the services of a party host to assist with the festivities. A new year-round birthday package features old-fashioned games, a guided tour of the barn and tack room, and pony grooming. Parties are offered Saturday and Sunday afternoons only, weather permitting, and include invitations, party room, custom party cake, and fruit drink.
Another option for children ages 8 and older is the horseback trail ride party. The two-hour package is for six to 10 children, and features a 20-minute trail ride plus hands-on learning time. Reservations may be made for noon on Saturdays and Sundays only. All party package prices are on a per-child basis with a six-child minimum; a two-week advance reservation is required, along with a $25 deposit. For details about party prices, options, and available dates, call 987-8809 (voice/TTY). For information about adapted equipment and accessibility for people with disabilities, call 987-1600 (voice/TTY). Lockwood Park is at 5201 Safford Rd., Rockford.
From the Nov. 2-8, 2005, issue