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:
Dodge Nature Center & Farm | West St Paul
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”.
Gale Woods Farm | Minnetrista
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. $5/pp, must pre-register.
Gibbs Farm | Falcon Heights
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, $5-$8/pp.
Historic Eidem Farm | Brooklyn Park
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. Cost: $20/family of 6. Register: here for Activity # 180004.01-.12 or call 763-493-8333. We would expect this one to sell out fast.
Holz Farm | Eagan
HOLZ FARM SPRING FESTIVAL: There’s a whole lot of down-on-the-farm fun each year at the spring festival (my kids loved the chickens). Try out farm chores and take a hayride. Make sure to register for your ticket in advance. May 16, $3/pp.
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.
Joyer Barnyard at Waldoch Farm | Lino Lakes
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.
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, $14-$20/pp plus parking.
Digging for a discount? Jump over to 7 Ways to Get Minnesota Zoo Discounts.
Twin Cities Festival | Brooklyn Park
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. Pictured is my little one loving on the bunnies. Open weekends, April 9-25, 2021.
Road Trip! Greater minnesota farm activities
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 free. See a reader review in our comments.
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.