Family Time Calendar: Down on the Farm

Wrangle up your little cowboys and cowgirls for a day of fun at a nearby farm. An interactive place to learn about animals, some farms allow children to pet, feed and care for them. Others prefer that the children simply observe their new barnyard buddies. Either way, they will have a terrific time hearing what the animals really sound like (not quite like their toy animals do!). Call in advance to find out if there are any special events on the day of your trip, and plan accordingly. A tour around a farm usually takes about an hour. Pack a wholesome picnic lunch to feed your kids following the visit. Just be sure everyone washes their hands thoroughly using an antibacterial cleanser before chowing down.


Bring the memories of your day at the farm home with you by creating a backyard barnyard. Gather up a group of stuffed animals that belong on a farm together such as pigs, sheep, cows and horses, and arrange them on the grass (or a towel) outside. Make fences for the animals by gluing Popsicle sticks together in the shape of Xs. Fill one small paper cup with oatmeal and another with water, and let your children "feed" the animals.

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