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:
TWIN CITIES AREA FARM ACTIVITIES
March 27-April 30th: Farm Babies | Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley | 9am-4pm | Included in Zoo admission of $13.95-19.95/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. 5 Ways to Get Minnesota Zoo Discounts.
Starts April 4th: Saturday Mornings on the Farm | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista | Weekly on Saturdays 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.
April 10th: Spring Into Farming | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista | 9:30am-2:30pm | $7/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.
May 16th: Spring on the Farm (← Pg 18) | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park | 10am-1pm | $6/adult; $4/Age 4-12; free 3 & under | Pet or hold adorable baby animals including bunnies, chicks, lambs, horses, calves. Help with spring planting and other farm chores.
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.
ROAD TRIP! GREATER MINNESOTA FARM ACTIVITIES
Farmamerica – Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center | Waseca | Tours run June-September | Suggested donation of $5-$8/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 3/21/20, find barn hours here | $9.75+tax/pp, under 2 admitted free | Cuddle the farm babies, take pony and wagon rides, and, if you’re lucky, witness a live birth!
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