Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies & Fun in 2021

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 listed A-Z:

Twin Cities Minnesota Farm Babies

The barn isn’t currently open for public tours this spring, but you and your 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”.

Price:

FREE to explore, programs may have a fee.

What We Love:

Dodge Nature Center’s program’s are great and look for wildlife around the farm, too. 

More Family Fun on the Farm:

Exploring the trails and the nature play areas. 

Take a Family Walk at Dodge Nature Center

Okay, so technically these are “Wisconsin Farm Babies”. Close enough. Thank you to Barbara for this suggestion. She tells us that besides deer, this park has goats, cows, pigs, sheep, rabbits, fox, mink, wolves, moose, otters, beavers, hedgehogs.

Price:

$8.50/ages 2-12 & $9.50/adults

What We Love:

The quiet! Anne’s says her kids naturally slow down and lower their voices. 

More Family Fun on the Farm:

Make it a day-trip to Taylors Falls. Top 10 Things To Do In Taylors Falls, Minnesota with Kids

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. 

Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista

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 2021, our favorite time to stop in. Open starting Memorial Day weekend

Price:

 $5-$8/pp

What We Love:

Ice Cream Sundays and annual festivals. 

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.

Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life

SPRING ON THE FARM: This year, families can sign up for a 45-minute tour (scheduled every 15 minutes, 10am-12:45pm). Tours will include guided walk of the site and first floor of the house, period demonstrations and a take-home planting activity kit. Register: here for Activity # 180004.01-.12 or call 763-493-8333. We would expect this one to sell out fast.

Price:

$20/family of 6

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.  Schedule a visit during a story time.

Eidem Homestead

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 16, 

Price:

$3/pp.

What We Love:

My kids loved the chickens.

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

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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 2021.

Price:

FREE

What We Love:

It’s fun to feed the animals. 

More Family Fun on the Farm:

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

FARM BABIES: The barn is back open in 2021 for you to meet all the fuzzy, cuddly newborns. Tickets are included with Zoo admission and are in limited supply. If you don’t make it out, enjoy the farm babies virtually through trivia, photos, videos and more farm baby fun. Now through May 16, 2021.

Price:

$14-$20/pp plus parking.

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

Educational Enrichment at MN Zoo

SPRING BABIES: New 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. Open weekends, April 9-25, 2021.

Price:

$11; Courtyard entry FREE!

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. 

Road Trip! Greater Minnesota Farm Babies

Farmamerica | 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.

Govin’s Lambing Barn | Menomonie WI

Cuddle the farm babies, take pony and wagon rides, and, if you’re lucky, witness a live birth! Lambing barn opens March 20, 2021. $11/pp, under 2 admitted freeSee a reader review in our comments.

Sibley Farm |

Reader Favorites

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Farm babies events we hope to see back in 2022

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. Watch for this event in 2022.

Fall Fun with Farm Babies

Don’t forget your favorite Twin Cities apple orchard or corn maze when hunting down the farm animals! This little guy pictured tried to make a snack out of my son’s shirt at Fall Harvest Orchard in Montrose.

 

More Twin Cities Farm Activities

5 thoughts on “Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies & Fun in 2021”

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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 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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