The FFTC Team’s city kids love the opportunity to visit farms not much further than their urban backyards! Browse the farm fun favorites below for ideas on where your own little ones can get up close to animals, play at farm chores, pick their own produce, and learn through living history activities:
TWIN CITIES FARM ACTIVITIES
6/2/18-6/3/18: Farm Animals Weekend | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River | 10 am-5 pm | $6-$12/pp, MNHS members free
6/3/18: Gibbs Farm Ice Cream Sunday | Gibbs Farm, St. Paul | 10 am-4 pm | $5-$8/pp, children under 4 free | Farm fun: Enjoy homemade ice cream while experiencing the beauty of the Gibbs Farm, gardens and prairie. Ice cream demonstrations on the hour from 11 am-3 pm. Also held 6/17/2018, 7/1/2018, 7/14/2018, 8/12/2018, 8/26/2018
6/13/18: Daily Life on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park | Noon-3 pm | $5/pp at the door, 4 & under FREE | Farm fun: Help out with farm chores, visit the animals and explore the restored farmhouse. Also held 6/27/2018, 7/11/2018, 7/25/2018, 8/8/2018
7/4/18: Farmer’s Fourth of July | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River | 10 am-5 pm | $6-$12, MNHS members free
7/7/18-7/8/18: Down on the Farm | The Landing, Shakopee | 10 am-5:00 pm (last entry is 4:00 pm) | $5-$8/pp, Children under 2 FREE | Farm fun: Experience life on a Minnesota farm during the late 1800s. Care for animals, make butter, and put up hay.
7/14/18: 2018 Co-op Farm Tour | Participating Twin Cities-area farms | 10am-4pm | Farm fun: Take a day trip to one of these farms as they open their doors with educational, family-friendly activities.
COUNTY FAIRS & THE STATE FAIR
7/11/18-7/15/18: Ramsey County Fair | Maplewood | FREE admission, $3 parking
7/24/18-7/29/18: Anoka County Fair | Anoka | $5-$10/pp, 6 & under FREE plus free parking
7/25/18-7/29/18: Scott County Fair | Jordan | FREE admission, $10 parking
8/1/18-8/5/18: Washington County Fair | Lake Elmo | $4-$7/pp, 5 & under FREE, free parking
8/6/18-8/12/19: Dakota County Fair | Farmington | $2-$5/pp, 5 & under FREE, $5 parking
8/23/18-9/3/18: Minnesota State Fair, Falcon Heights | Farm fun: Wander the historic barns to get up close to the animals. Seek out activity stations such as the Moo Booth and Oink Booth for edutainment opportunities. At Little Farm Hands, kids can participate in “chores” at the mock farm and learn about the farm-to-market process. For more Fair fun ideas, check our list of 50 Things to Do at the Minnesota State Fair.
ONGOING SUMMER 2018
Saturday Mornings on the Farm | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista | Ongoing Saturdays starting 6/2/18, 9:30am-noon | $5/pp | Farm fun: Calling all farmhands! Help out with chores, spend time with the animals and participate in other spring farm activities. Closed-toe shoes required.
Stories From the Porch | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park | Select Tuesdays thru 8/21/18, 10am-12pm (with exception of last Tues/month, 7-8pm bedtime stories) | Farm fun: Listen to a story, then have playtime in the barnyard. FREE.
Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River | Open Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm & Sun, noon-5pm | $6-$12/pp/pp, under 5 FREE | Farm fun: Help with chores in the gardens and farmhouse, meet the animals, and more seasonal activities.