As we rush toward summer with a one-and-a-half year old, we begin our quest to track down all of the best family experiences to fuel our baby girl’s ever growing curiosity. We will explore attractions near and far (we can dream, right?) and let you know what we turn up in our Road Trippin’ series. To kick things off, we land at the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead – a 12 acre dose of country and agriculture in the city.
The friendly staff and volunteers keep the grounds and facilities remarkably clean and provide a great place for kiddos to get up close and personal with a variety of farm animals, which we took full advantage of.
Mya jumped right in to get to know the goats and had a blast feeding them from her hand. We may have even found Carl! Our venture over to see the little ones got off to a little rockier start, as a few overzealous goats mistook her hand for the bottle I was en route with and gave her a little nibble. She was quick to forgive and still willing to give the hungry little fellas what they were after.
Our visit skimmed the surface of what the Farmstead has to offer. As you can see, we spent most of our time checking out the farm animals. We also saw a few wild, local animals – bobcats, bison, and bald eagles to name a few. In addition to the animals, kids (and adults) of all ages can find a number of other features to pique their interests. You can brush up on some history, learn about mining and dairy production, take a stroll along the nature trail, throw a birthday party, or just burn off some energy in the play areas.
Admission is free Monday through Thursday, but will only set you back $2 per person on the weekends (children younger than 2 are free). It wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring a little extra to feed the animals, rent a fishing pole, grab some snacks, or do a little shopping at Vic’s General Store either. We’re looking forward to finding our next family adventure, but we’ll definitely be making a trip back to Deanna Rose soon! If you know of a good place for a road trip, we would love to hear your recommendations!