As soon as I can smell the wet earth and the sun is still shining at 6pm, I’m ready for a spring farm fix. Come on out and meet the fuzzy new arrivals — lambs, chicks, piglets, goats and all the rest — plus farmhands of all ages can partake in waking up the barns for spring. With our state’s farming tradition, we can find Minnesota farm babies throughout the Twin Cities. Here are some of our favorite finds:
Raising Farm Babies – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly | Gale Woods Farm
Learn what it takes to birth sheep, pigs, and chickens on the farm in this Three Rivers Parks blog post full of cute (not ugly) pictures of baby farm animals.
LIVE FARM BABIES THIS SPRING:
Find Some Farm Coloring Pages Here.
SUMMER 2020 EVENTS WITH FARM ANIMALS
Aug 22nd-Oct 4th, 2020: Minnesota Renaissance Festival | Shakopee
CANCELLED TWIN CITIES AREA FARM ACTIVITIES
Closed thru May 4th: Saturday Mornings on the Farm | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista 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. Scheduled through May 30, 2020. Weekly on Saturdays, 9:30am-noon. $5/pp.
Cancelled for 2020: Spring Into Farming | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
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. 9:30am-2:30pm, $7/pp.
Cancelled for 2020: Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park
Pet or hold adorable baby animals including bunnies, chicks, lambs, horses, calves. Help with spring planting and other farm chores. May 16, 2020. 10am-1pm. $6/adult; $4/age 4-12; free 3 & under.
Cancelled for 2020: Dodge Nature Center & Farm | West St Paul
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 such as Nature Play Date: Farmyard Friends (4/17/20), but there are plenty of animals to see from the fences. Annual event Rock the Barn gets you up even closer. 5/16/20, 3-7pm. $6pp, 2 & under FREE.
Cancelled for 2020: May 30th-31st, 2020: Baby Animals Weekend | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River
Welcome new baby chicks and lambs to the historic farm. 10am-5pm. $8-$12/pp, free age 4 & under and MNHS members.
ROAD TRIP! GREATER MINNESOTA FARM ACTIVITIES
Closed thru May 5th, 2020: Farmamerica – MN Agricultural Interpretive Center | Waseca Take a self-guided stroll through historic buildings and learn about evolving agriculture in Minnesota. Baby farm animals are due in May! Tours run June-September. Suggested donation of $5-$8/pp.
Cancelled for 2020: Govin’s Meats & Berries | Menomonie WI
Cuddle the farm babies, take pony and wagon rides, and, if you’re lucky, witness a live birth! Lambing barn opens 3/21/20, find barn hours here. $9.75+tax/pp, under 2 admitted free.