KC Edventures Guide for Ages 6-8

Deanna Rose Farmstead

Barn Slide at Deanna Rose Barn Slide at Deanna Rose Pic by Jacquie

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!?

Learn More:

  • 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.

Discover More:

  • 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



Additional Info

  • Nature & Animals: Gardening, Parks & Trails, Farm Animals, Horses, Native Animals, Pond Habitats
  • Historic: Native Americans, Wars & Memorials
  • Toys, Hobbies & Play: Playgrounds
  • Life Skills: Gardening