Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies & Fun in 2022

Baby chicks in an incubator: "Where to Find Minnesota Farm Babies"

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 — baby lambs, curious chicks, piglets, baby 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 listed A-Z:

Twin Cities Minnesota Farm Babies

Rosland Park, 4300 W. 66th St., Edina, MN 55435
This one day event has 4 timeslots available: 10am, 10:30am, 11am or 11:30am. Register in advanced for a full-size petting zoo, pony rides and kid-friendly dance music. Saturday, May 14, 2022.

Price:

$5/child. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE CITY OF EDINA.

Farm entrance – 1701 Charlton Street, West St. Paul, MN 55118
The barn isn’t open for many public tours this spring, but you and your little animal-lovers can feel free to wander the trails and observe the working farm. The nature center sprawls across three parcels of land; the farm is contained within the “Main Property”. Make sure to keep little fingers out of the enclosures and please don’t feed the animals. 

Nature Playdate: B is for Barn: See the baby animals up close. April 29, 2022 1am-11am. SOLD OUT.

Price:

FREE to explore, farm babies event or program may have a fee.

What We Love:

Dodge Nature Center’s programs are great and there is plenty of wildlife around the farm, too. Watch for a chance to meet the farm babies on a Down on the Dodge Farm tour (April 16, 2022, $5/pp) or a Nature Playdate for ages 2-preK. April 29, 2022, $10.

More Family Fun on the Farm:

Dodge Nature Center’s annual Rock the Barn bash is back this spring! Save the date for live music, lawn activities and farm animals. May 21, 2022.

Farm Themed Summer Camps:

Kids can register to participate in Dodge Nature Center’s farm-themed Summer Camp: Baa, Cluck, Moo. June 20-24, 2022.
Take a Family Walk at Dodge Nature Center

2131  US Hwy 8, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024
Okay, so technically these are Okay, so technically these are “Wisconsin
 Farm Babies. Close enough. Thank you to Barbara for this suggestion. She tells us that besides deer, guests can visit with goats, cows, pigssheep, rabbits, fox, mink, wolves, moose, otters, beavers, hedgehogs. Fawn-Doe-Rosa opens for the season on May 7, 2022.

Price:

$9.25/ages 2-12 & $10.25/adults plus tax.

What We Love:

The peace and quiet! Anne says her kids naturally slow down and lower their voices when interacting with the animals.

More Family Fun (around) the Farm:

Make a visit to Fawn-Doe-Rosa part of a family day trip to Taylors Falls, Minnesota. There are so many fun things to do in this area along the St Croix River. See our: Top 10 Things To Do In Taylors Falls, Minnesota with Kids

7210 County Rd 110 W, Minnetrista, MN 55364
FARM TOURS
: This wonderful working farm is a great place for kids to get close and in barns (that’s my delighted daughter pictured). Spots will fill quickly. If you can’t make it to one of the farm tours, stop over for a self-guided walk around the grounds; Gale Woods is a public park and welcomes visitors. Tours held Saturdays in April, 9am-noon.

Price:

$5/pp, must pre-register

What We Love:

Getting up close to the baby animals during one of the farm’s programs. 

More Family Fun on the Farm:

Spend time in the teaching garden or kitchen. Little kids will love the play room set up with toy tractors, farm animal puppets, and more. 

Farm Themed Summer Camps:

Gale Woods Farm summer camps are filling fast. Register to Three Rivers Park District.
Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista

2097 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113
Step back in time at Gibbs Farm and visit a few barnyard animals while you’re at it. You can explore the farm through one of its scheduled programs or drop in to tour at your own pace. We hope they bring back the Ice Cream Sundays in 2022, our favorite time to stop in. Open starting Memorial Day weekend.

Price:

 $5-$8/pp

What We Love:

Ice Cream Sundays (hand-cranked) and annual festivals in the summer and fall. 

More Family Fun on the Farm:

Check out a replica Dakotah tipi and bark lodge, the Gibbs family original home and a one-room schoolhouse.

Farm Themed Summer Camps:

Among their History & Culture-themed summer camps, Gibbs Farm offers farm life camps. Act quick, they are selling out fast.
Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life

4345 101st Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
SPRING ON THE FARM
: Besides greeting the farm babies, v
isitors can submit name suggestions for the baby animals, help in the gardens, walk the trails and go on self-guided tours, visit the first floor of the house, and plant a bean to take home.. May 21, 2022; 11am-2pm.

Price:

FREE

What We Love:

Kids can get hands on helping to feed the animals. 

More Family Fun on the Farm:

Stop and play the piano inside the house or try out toys from the turn of the last century.  Bring a picnic to enjoy in the yard.  Plan a visit during a story time, typically held during the summer months.

Eidem Homestead

4665 Manor Dr, Eagan, MN 55123
HOLZ FARM SPRING FESTIVAL
: There’s a whole lot of down-on-the-farm fun each year at the spring festival. Try out farm chores and take a hayride. Make sure to register for your ticket in advance. May 15, 2022.  

Price:

$3/pp. Tickets Required and Available Here.

What We Love:

My kids absolutely loved visiting the chicken coop. We can’t promise you can climb right in this spring, but we hope the chickens will be out for viewing.

More Family Fun on the Farm:

If you don’t make it to the festival, bring your family to explore the park and take along our list of  7 fun things for families at Holz Farm Park.

Farm Themed Summer Camps:

Register for Holz Farm summer camp through the City of Eagan and learn about 1940’s farming.
joyer

8174 Lake Dr, Lino Lakes, MN 55014
Come out to pick some fresh produce and spend some time in the free, educational barnyard. Farm animals including sheep, chickens, donkeys, alpaca, horses, peacocks, pygmy goats, pigs and other poultry call this barnyard home. Bring a handful of quarters and you can feed them! Opening June 9, 2022.

Visit the farm babies FREE during Waldoch’s annual spring Garden Center Open House. April 23-24, 2022.

Price:

Admission to the barnyard is part of a ticket to Joyer Adventure Farm. Your ticket includes meeting the animals and more attractions. $10/ticket, must purchase online.

What We Love:

It’s fun to feed the farm animals. (Bring some quarters.)

More Family Fun on the Farm:

Waldoch Farm has a garden center, so pick up your family gardening needs while visiting the animals. 

Wells Fargo Family Farm, Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, MN 55124

FARM BABIES: Farm Babies exhibit is found on the Zoo’s Wells Fargo Family Farm and is now open for you to meet all the fuzzy, cuddly newborns. The zoo expects goat kids, lambs, piglets, and calves to be born in April and May.

Tickets are included with Zoo admission. Capacity has been increased from last year, but reservations are still required. If you don’t make it out, enjoy the farm babies virtually through trivia, photos, videos and more farm baby fun. 

Price:

$14-$20/pp plus parking.

Digging for a discount? Jump over to 7 Ways to Get Minnesota Zoo Discounts.

Farm Themed Summer Camps:

Among their many animal-themed summer camps, the Minnesota Zoo offers farm-themed camps for several age groups.
Educational Enrichment at MN Zoo

What We Love:

The Free to Explore admission program allows families enrolled in qualifying programs FREE admission.

More Family Fun:

The Minnesota Zoo’s Kid Pages for Family Fun offer fun activities, printouts and fun farm facts, quizzes and coloring pages to learn more about ALL the animals at the zoo. 

Como Zoo does not have traditional midwestern farm animals. 

However, they do have Dall sheep and reindeer who are most likely to give birth in the spring.  

Price:

FREE, but reservations are still required.

Reindeer at Como Zoo in Saint Paul, Minnesota

8001 109th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
SPRING BABIES
: Again this year, there will be no charge to enter the festival. Instead, you’ll pay a fee for the activities you choose to do. A wristband will include access to the fuzzy farm babies, the play area and a hayride. Opening dates Friday-Saturday April 15-16th, the Saturdays and Sundays through May 8th. Hours 9am-5pm.

Price:

$13/Online.

What We Love:

Pictured is my little one loving on the bunnies

More Family Fun on the Farm:

Inflatables, rides & food available for an extra fee. 

Oliver Kelley Farm | Elk River

Traditionally, this Minnesota historic site has a baby farm animal weekend in the spring. Plus there are always fun farm chores to assist with. The farm reopens June 10, 2022. Watch for events to resume this summer.

Road Trip! Greater Minnesota Farm Babies

Carlson’s Llovable Llamas

8380 County Rd 10 East, Waconia MN 55387
Book a family farm visit in the spring and you are likely to see baby llamas. $16/pp.

Farmamerica 

7367 360th Ave, Waseca, MN 56093
Take a self-guided stroll through historic buildings and learn about evolving agriculture in Minnesota. Baby farm animals are due in May! Farmamerica is open for self-guided tours Tuesdays through Fridays from June 7 – September 9, 2022. $6-$8/pp.

Govin’s Lambing Barn 

N6134 670th St, Menomonie, WI 54751
Cuddle the farm babies, take pony and wagon rides, and, if you’re lucky, witness a live birth! Lambing barn opens March 19, 2022. Weekends through April 10. $12-$15/pp, under 2 admitted free

Sibley Farm 

COMMUNITY SUGGESTIONS

A Maze’n Farmyard

57645 Hwy 55, Eden Valley, MN 55329

Besides farm animals, you’ll find a giant slide, a year-round maze and a bounce barn.  There is also pony rides, a silo slide, mini golf, corn pit, bird house and duck and fish pond. Bring a picnic or purchase refreshments in the snack shop.

Barnyard Buddies MN

10132 235th St W, Lakeville, MN 55044

Book farm animals to come to your special event or look for special dates to visit the farm. 2022 dates include May 21-22, June 17-19, July 22-4, August 19-21, September 24-25 and October 20-23.

Evergreen Oasis Farm

34133 Oasis Road, Center City, MN 55012

Offering classes, Alpaca & Goat Yoga and u-pick flowers, this working farm has farm animals and is family-friendly. Follow them on Facebook for more information.

Hemker Park & Zoo

26715 Co Rd 39 Freeport, MN 56331

As with Como Zoo, you’ll see more exotic animals than farm animals. Families can purchase tickets to feed some of the animals.

Hillside Nursery

12348 Spring Rd SE Chatfield, MN 55923

Buy your garden supplies and visit the Little Farm Attraction, featuring baby animals.

Red Barn Learning Farm

27251 State Hwy 30, Hayfield, MN 55940

Visitors can climb in the silo, jump on straw bales, drive a pedal tractor and see farm animals. Look for family-friendly events on the farm — holidays, pizza night, etc. Or book private events like birthday parties and field trips.

Rusty Bucket Acres

15237 Afton Blvd S, Afton, MN 55001

Families can schedule playtime or feeding with goat kids or just a barnyard visit. Those more interested in farm work can book work time. The farm also offers summer camps and private events.

Skyview Ranch

2413 210th St E., Farmington MN 55024
The petting zoo is by appointment only. Groups of up to 10 people can book an exclusive hour of petting time. Additional charges for more people or more time. Bring a picnic.

Twenty-Two Farms

2022 U.S. Highway 12, Baldwin, WI 54002
This animal rescue focuses on farm animals. Families can book volunteer time or tours or attend one of the Farms’ public events.

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7 thoughts on “Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies & Fun in 2022”

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  2. Emily Kathryn Anderson

    We made the trek out to Govin’s this weekend. Your readers should know that, despite what their website says, they are absolutely NOT adhering to Covid protocols. People were packed into a low-ceilinged barn without masks. We stayed for all of 30 seconds, and were not offered refunds when we expressed our concern about the health risks. When I asked the owner why so few people were wearing masks, she told me that she could not force anyone to wear a mask or ask them why they weren’t wearing one. There are safer places to let your kids see baby animals, and we should support businesses that care about the health and safety of others.

      1. Hi Kelly. Emily simply provided her experience and some information she felt other parents would like to know. Labels and name calling are unnecessary. We would, however, appreciate a farm review with opposing viewpoints.

    1. Hi Laura. I’m assuming your link to an article opining that masks don’t work to stop the spread of Covid was in response to the earlier comment. Unfortunately, we don’t allow outside links in our comments. They are too hard to maintain.

      I do believe that, armed with information on each farm’s policies regarding social distancing and masks, our readers are savvy enough to make up their own minds as to whether they want to visit a particular farm or not. However, they do deserve to be fully informed before visiting and spending their money.

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