Eidem Homestead is a working historical farm on ten acres in Brooklyn Park. The farm, property and home have all been restored to the period 1890-1910. Families can visit the Victorian house, as well as the farm and its animals for educational and hands-on experiences of life on the farm between 1905-1920. Volunteers keep the farm running, baking in the kitchen, working in the garden and on the laundry and caring for the farm. They also have seasonal activities.
Visiting Eidem Farm with Kids
One thing we particularly enjoy about Eidem historical farm over some of the other historical homesteads in the area, is their motto: At Eidem Homestead, "don't touch" becomes, "look, listen, taste, smell and touch."
When we visited, I sat down and played the piano; we climbed up into the children's bedrooms and played with toys; and we helped with various 'chores' around the farm.
There are picnic tables in the yard for visitors who want to bring a lunch. Since Eidem Farm is in Brooklyn Park, grocery stores are easy to find on the way.
Eidem Family Programs
Throughout the summer, the farm offers family-friendly programs, like:
- Daily Life on the Farm
- Concerts at the Farm
- Stories from the Porch
- Brooklyn Park History Day
In 2021, these events are all FREE, but require a ticket. Pre-registration is requested. However, if you are willing to risk being disappointed, walk-ups will be welcome until the space fills.
The farm also offers special seasonal programs in fall, winter and spring. Information on both repeating and special upcoming programs can be found here.
Eidem Homestead Story Time
During select days and evenings in the summer, families can attend Stories from the Porch, a free story time at the farm. The story is followed by a short open play time when families can visit the grounds and the farm animals. Bring something to sit on. Snacks are available for purchase. In 2021, tickets are required as capacity is limited. Walk-ups will be accommodated if there is space. However, you can pre-purchase tickets here.
2021 Concerts at the Farm
During the summer 2021, Eidem Farm will host four FREE concerts:
- July 8 — Dirty Shorts Brass Band
- July 22 — The Jolly Pops (children’s music)
- August 5 — Blue Groove Bluegrass
- August 19 — Teddy Bear Band (children’s music)
The public is invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy these evening concerts. Gates will open at 6:15 pm and the show stars at 7pm. Visitors can purchase food from food trucks at all concerts. Space is limited and tickets are required. Pre-purchase tickets here.
Eidem Farm Historical Information.
Brooklyn Park has a short article, History of Eidem Farm, 1905-1920. Read it here. They do not have detailed information regarding who built the house and exactly when it was built, but some of it dates to the late 1870s. Read more here.
Farm Babies in Brooklyn Park
Working farms, produce annual farm babies. Get up close to the animals with Eidem Farm's Spring on the Farm program. Find annual details and more Minnesota Farm Babies here.
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