This was on our bucket list last year, but we never quite made it. This year, we prioritized and put it right at the beginning of summer, and boy are we glad that we did!
The Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead is across between a living museum, a petting zoo, a giant playground, and a working farm. The kids loved it, and we didn't even get to see everything on the day that we went. What's even better is that admission is free Monday-Thursday, so we can "afford" to return again!
Checking out the chickens:
Daddy, Caleb, Elijah, Abby, and Ellie
Caleb quickly decided that there were too many people and that the situation was too foreign for him. Unfortunately, it only took...3 minutes for him to start isolating himself like he does when he is overstimulated. :( But we were determined to keep going.
Caleb and Daddy
One of the living history buildings was an old schoolhouse that even had a role-playing teacher inside! 3 out of 4 kids gave it their stamp of approval! Unfortunately, Daddy and Caleb missed this part because our little guy was having trouble coping with his surroundings.
Left photo: Daddy and Ellie walking into the school (Daddy came right back out)
Right photo: Abby, Ellie, and Elijah
Elijah, Caleb, Ellie, and Abby
Abby, Elijah, Ellie, Caleb, and Daddy
They are so FAST!
Abby, Caleb, Elijah, and Ellie
We also stopped by the Native American building and tepees. We stayed until the display started filling up and then quickly moved on since Caleb was doing better without so many people around. I wanted to stay and hear about the history, but having little kids means that we had to keep moving. Someday though...
Then we headed to the baby goat pen to do some petting! I'm happy to see that our kids aren't afraid of animals.
Elijah and Caleb
And then Caleb had to take another break....
One of our last stops was the children's garden. We spent a lot of time playing here, and everyone enjoyed it (even Caleb!). Plus I snapped these photos of the girls! Lol! They didn't realize that you are supposed to look through the hole. They just did it because they were curious what was on the other side. Have I mentioned how much I enjoy having a camera with a fast shutter?
Abby and Ellie
A smart mom never goes on an adventure without snacks for the family. The kids were pretty worn out by this point, so snack time made for four very happy children! I also brought some of their special teddy graham snacks with us that they don't get very often, so snack time was extra appealing. It's possible that Sean and I were as grateful for the break as they were.
Caleb, Ellie, Abby, and Elijah
Our final stop was this ginormous barn slide. This was, hand's down, the very most favorite part of the adventure for our kids! They ran up the stairs and slid down non-stop until a bunch of big kids showed up and started to run our little guys over (not on purpose. Our kids are just so small!). Sean stood on one side of the barn, and I stood on the other, and between the two of us, we were able to keep them in sight. The kids were just happy to run and play (and we were happy not to chase them!).
We added Deanna Rose to the beginning of our summer adventures to make sure that we fit it in, but all it did was let us know that we will most likely be back several more times before the summer is over. It's an awesome place to go with little ones since everything is sized to them!
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