How would you like to see your kids bottle-feed a kid (baby goat)? Or watch a cow being milked? Bring them to see some of their favorite farm animals, hike the trails, feed the chickens and play on the slides.
Before Your Visit:
- Remember to dress for the weather, and wear comfortable shoes (closed toed preferrable if you're feeding the goats or riding the horses).
- Bring water bottles & snacks as kids are always getting hungry at places like this.
- Don't forget your passport, if you already have one. If it's your first time out this year, stop by Ben's Bank to pick one up.
Explore Deanna Rose Farmstead:
- Grab a map when you enter the farmstead - it's quite a large place.
- NEW THIS YEAR: The Educational Pavilion (located near the General Store) will host FREE public programs at 11am, 1pm & 3 pm daily. Programs will highlight turn-of-the-century farmlife and be interactive for kids.
- Pet and feed the goats or bottle-feed the baby goats ($).
- Hike the nature trails and see the butterfly garden.
- Tour the schoolhouse, write on slates and see what kids learned years ago!
- Visit Ben’s Bank and pick up a passport – clues are located in black boxes around the Farmstead.
- Explore the General Store to see what items people needed when they lived in prairie towns.
- Take a pony ride ($).
- Tour the Dairy Barn to see calves, watch a cow being milked (daily at 9:30 am and 4:30 pm) and milk a pretend cow yourself.
- Don’t forget to take a trip down the Barn Slide!
- Watch the prairie dogs dig tunnels - can you count how many there are - you may have to estimate!?
- If your kids enjoyed the movie in the milking barn, try a visit to Shatto Dairy where they can experience where milk comes from first-hand!
- Enjoy some of these fun reads:
"A Year at a Farm" by Nicholas Harris
A great glossary of terms and beautiful pictures walk you through what happens each month at a farm, with seasonal changes and events.
"Farm" by Elisha Cooper
A beautiful look at a farm family that describes the sights, smells and activities of farm living. Kids will get a realistic view of the life on a farm, with longer text to fit this inquisitive age.
After your visit, ask your child which was their favorite animal and why. Also ask them what buildings were missing from the prairie town - see what they might notice as places in their community that didn't exist years ago.
- Other KC locations that include animals & historic buildings:
- Mahaffie Farm & Stagecoach Stop
- Missouri Town 1855
View Deanna Rose Farmstead, 13800 Switzer Rd., Overland Park, KS 66221 in a larger map