The Minnesota Zoo is not the only place to find Minnesota Farm Babies. We have a list of several affordable alternatives for getting your baby farm animal fix.
TWIN CITIES AREA FARM ACTIVITIES
Saturday Mornings on the Farm @ Gale Woods Farm, 7210 Cty Rd 110 W, Minnetrista • Ongoing Saturdays in April & May, 9:30am-noon • $5/pp • Details: Calling all farmhands! Help out with chores, spend time with the animals and participate in other spring farm activities. Closed-toe shoes required. Strollers not allowed in the barn or around animals.
Spring Into Farming @ Gale Woods Farm, 7210 Cty Rd 110 W, Minnetrista • 4/7, 4/20, 5/3, 5/10, 9:30am-2:30pm • $6/pp • Details: Celebrate new life on the farm through crafts, cooking and games. Meet farm animals and participate in educator-led programs. Activities are geared toward preschoolers and kindergartners.
Spring on the Farm @ Oliver Kelley Farm, 15788 Kelley Farm Rd NW, Elk River • 4/30, 5/1, 10am-5pm • $9/adults, $7/seniors, $6/ages 5-17, free age 4 & under and MNHS members • Details: Pay a visit to baby animals, help with the early spring planting and more while exploring this historic working farm.
Farm Babies @ the Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley • now through April 30, 2016, 9am-4pm • included in Zoo admission of $12-$18/pp + parking • Details: In addition to getting hands-on with the babies, there are tons of other activities to enjoy out at the Wells Fargo Family Farm area of the zoo. Get the full lineup here.
Spring on the Farm @ Eidem Homestead, 4345 101st Ave N, Brooklyn Park • May 15, 10am-1pm • $6/adults, $4/under 12, under 4/FREE • Details: Greet the farm babies, help with spring planting and other activities. Eidem Homestead will be open for a variety of special events through Dec. 2016.
Dodge Nature Center & Farm, 1701 Charlton St, West St. Paul • Details: Feel free to wander the farm grounds daily during nature center hours. Visitors aren’t allowed in the farm buildings unless registered for a program, but there are plenty of animals to see from the fences. Annual event Rock the Barn gets you up even closer 5/21, 3-7pm • $7/adults, $4/kids, $25/families, 2 & under FREE.
ROAD TRIP! GREATER MINNESOTA FARM ACTIVITIES
Sibley Farm @ Sibley Park,
Farmamerica – Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center, 7367 360th Ave, Waseca • Self-guided tours Memorial Day-Labor Day, 10am-sundown Tues-Sat & noon-sundown Sun • Suggested donation of $5/adults and $3/child • Details: Take a self-guided stroll through historic buildings and learn about evolving agriculture in Minnesota. Baby farm animals are due in May!
Govin’s Meats & Berries, N6134 670th St, Menomonie WI • Find lambing barn hours here • $7.25/pp, under 2 admitted free • Details: Cuddle the farm babies, take pony and wagon rides, and, if you’re lucky, witness a live birth! Nate of the blog MinneMama Adventures gives you more details here.
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