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
Farm Animals Weekend | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River
6/1/19-6/2/19, 10 am-5 pm | $6-$12/pp, MNHS members free
Gibbs Farm Ice Cream Sunday | Gibbs Farm, St. Paul
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. Program starts 6/16/19. Also held 6/30/19, 7/14/19, 7/28/19, 8/11/19 & 8/25/19. 10 am-4 pm | $5-$8/pp, children under 4 free
Daily Life on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park
Help out with farm chores, visit the animals and explore the restored farmhouse. Program starts 6/12/19. Also held 6/26/19, 7/10/19, 7/24/19, 8/7/19 & 8/21/19. Noon-3 pm | $5/pp at the door, 4 & under FREE. Visit the farm babies FREE on June 14 & 15 in conjunction with Brooklyn Park Tater Daze Festival.
Farmer’s Fourth of July | Oliver Kelly Farm, Elk River
7/4/19, 10 am-5 pm. $6-$12, MNHS members free
Down on the Farm | The Landing, Shakopee
Experience life on a Minnesota farm during the late 1800s. Care for animals, make butter, and put up hay. 7/7/18-7/8/18 10 am-5:00 pm (last entry is 4:00 pm) | $5-$8/pp, Children under 2 FREE
2018 Co-op Farm Tour | Participating Twin Cities-area farms
Take a day trip to one of these farms as they open their doors with educational, family-friendly activities. 7/13/19, 10am-4pm, FREE.
COUNTY FAIRS & THE STATE FAIR
7/10/19-7/14/19: Ramsey County Fair | Maplewood | FREE admission, $3 parking
7/23/19-7/28/19: Anoka County Fair | Anoka | $5-$10/pp, 6 & under FREE plus free parking
7/24/19-7/28/19: Scott County Fair | Jordan | FREE admission, $10 parking
7/31/19-8/4/19: Washington County Fair | Lake Elmo | $4-$7/pp, 5 & under FREE, free parking
8/5/19-8/11/19: Dakota County Fair | Farmington | $2-$5/pp, 5 & under FREE, $5 parking
8/22/19-9/2/19: Minnesota State Fair | Falcon Heights
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 2019
Saturday Mornings on the Farm | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
Calling all farmhands! Help out with chores, spend time with the animals and participate in other spring farm activities. Closed-toe shoes required. Ongoing Saturdays starting 6/1/19, 9:30am-noon. $5/pp.
Stories From the Porch | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park
Listen to a story, then have playtime in the barnyard. Select Tuesdays thru 8/27/19, 10am-12pm (with exception of last Tues/month, 7-8pm bedtime stories). FREE.
Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River
Help with chores in the gardens and farmhouse, meet the animals, and more seasonal activities.Open Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm & Sun, noon-5pm | $6-$12/pp/pp, under 5 FREE
Waldoch Farm Garden Center | Lino Lakes
The Joyer Barnyard is home to sheep, chickens, donkeys, alpaca, horses, peacocks, pygmy goats, pigs and other poultry. Pick from fields of fresh produce while you’re there, as well.