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.
TWIN CITIES AREA FARM ACTIVITIES
Farm Babies | Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley • 3/24-4/30, 9am-4pm • included in Zoo admission of $12-$18/pp + parking • 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.
Saturday Mornings on the Farm | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista • Ongoing Saturdays 4/1-5/27, 9:30am-noon • $5/pp • 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, Minnetrista • 4/14, 9:30am-2:30pm • $6/pp • 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.
Grand Opening Celebration | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • 5/6-5/7, 10am-5pm • $6-$12/pp, free age 4 & under and MNHS members • Be there for the official unveiling of the brand new visitor center and outdoor exhibits, explore the barn and fields, play games and more. Farm Animal Weekend will be held 6/3-6/4 if you want to meet the babies.
Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park • 5/6, 10am-1pm • $8/pp online; $10/pp gate; FREE 23 months & under • Pet or hold adorable baby animals including bunnies, chicks, lambs, horses, calves. Indoors.
Twin Cities Festival – Spring Babies | 8001 109th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park • Fri & Sat 4/14 & 15.; Closed Easter Sunday; Sat & Sun 4/22 & 23; 4/29 & 30, 10am – 5pm • $6-$4/pp, under 4/FREE Greet the farm babies, help with spring planting and other activities. Eidem Homestead will be open for a variety of special events through Dec 2017.
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 Farm Babies, but there are plenty of animals to see from the fences. Annual event Rock the Barn gets you up even closer 5/20, 3-7pm • $6/pp or $25/families, 2 & under FREE.
ROAD TRIP! GREATER MINNESOTA FARM ACTIVITIES
Sibley Farm | Sibley Park
Farmamerica – Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center | Waseca • Tours begin 5/4 • Suggested donation of $5/pp • 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 | Menomonie WI • Lambing barn opens for 2017 on 3/18, find barn hours here • $7.25/pp, under 2 admitted free • 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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