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
Starts March 22: Farm Babies | Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley | 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. 5 Ways to Get Minnesota Zoo Discounts.
March 30: Spring Into Farming | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista | 9:30am-2:30pm | $5/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.
Starts April 6: 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.
May 18: Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park | 10am-1pm | $6/adult; $4/Age 5-12; free 4 & 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: Baa, Cluck, Oink (4/12/19), but there are plenty of animals to see from the fences. Annual event Rock the Barn gets you up even closer 5/18/19, 3-7pm. $8pp, 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 3/23/19, find barn hours here | $7.82+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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