It’s April 1, and that means it’s April Fool’s Day. But to thousands of families in the metro (and from out of town, too!) it means Opening Day at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead.
Located at 13800 Switzer and open since 1978, the Farmstead is so many things. It’s part petting zoo (over 200 animals, including peacocks, goats, pigs, pygmy goats, rabbits and geese) and part living history lesson. There are beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, clearly marked with species names. There is a one-room schoolhouse, a dairy barn with cows and calves, and old-fashioned bank, a hands-on mining exhibit and LOTS more to do!
Wagon rides, fishing at the pond, pony rides and playground equipment help wear little ones out. You can easily spend a full day here. There are even two new attractions for the 2011 season! Alex & Emily’s Ice Cream Parlor features hand-dipped ice cream treats. Next door, you’ll find Vic’s General Store.
Modeled after the Conser General Store that originally operated in this area, the new general store features historically correct interior fixtures and finishes. In addition to being a replica of an actual early 1900s general store, the facility will also feature an area of nostalgic items for sale.
The Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 1 to Oct. 31. Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Farmstead is open until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There is an admission fee on weekends– but Mondays through Thursdays, it is FREE! Friday through Sunday, it’s $2 per person; 1 and under are free. Believe me, this is the best money you’ll spend for a day outside with your kids!