The FFTC Team’s city kids love the opportunity to visit farms not much further than their urban backyards! Browse the 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 JULY & AUGUST FARM ACTIVITIES
7/13: Daily Life on the Farm @ Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park • 12-4pm • $5/pp at the door, 5 & under FREE • Farm fun: Help out with farm chores, visit the animals and explore the restored farmhouse. Also held 7/27 & 8/10.
7/13-17: Ramsey County Fair, Maplewood • $3/parking • Farm fun: Visit the Farmer for a Day stations, petting zoo and more – FREE admission.
7/16: 2016 Eat Local 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.
8/14-15: Open Houses on the Farm @ Bruentrup Heritage Farm, Maplewood • 11am-2pm • FREE • Farm fun: Local farming exhibits, the chance to take a guided tour of the farmhouse and space to run and play.
8/25-9/5: 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 2016
Saturday Mornings on the Farm @ Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista • Ongoing Saturdays in July, 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 • Ongoing Tuesdays thru 8/30, 10am-12pm (with exception of last Tues/month, 7-8pm bedtime stories) • FREE • Farm fun: Listen to a story, then have playtime in the barnyard.
Pioneer PeeWees @ Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights • Ongoing Wednesdays thru 9/14, 9:30-11:30am • $19/child ages 4-5 years • Details: Day campers explore a different pioneer topic each week through crafts, living history activities and farm life. Drop in as many weeks as desired; register in advance.
Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Open Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm & Sun, noon-5pm • $6-$9/pp, under 5 FREE • Details: Help with chores in the gardens and farmhouse, meet the animals, and more seasonal activities. Special events include Children’s Day (8/4) and Grandparent’s Days (7/28 & 8/18).