Baby Farm Animals
Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society
Get your “awwww”s ready: Spring is here, which means so are baby farm animals. Check out three of our places to see cute, little fuzzy things plus an extra one for those who like their baby animals a little long-necked.
Gale Woods Farm (April 7-May 26)
Rise and shine (or at least swing by before noon) every Saturday morning to meet the baby farm animals, walk in the garden and help out around the working farm. Tip: Wear some farm clothes—you’re going to want to be able to play around in the dirt. If you can’t wait to don the overalls, go to the first event of the season on March 30 called Spring Into Farming.
Minnesota Zoo Farm Babies (March 23-April 30)
Watch as the littlest chicks, goats, piglets, lambs, calves and bunnies grow up on the Wells Fargo Family Farm. Besides walking among the critters and learning about how farms work with exhibits and daily cow milking demonstrations, make sure to check the calendar for other weekend family activities like pony rides, metalsmith demonstrations and square dance lessons and pony rides. Afterward, check out animals from other corners of the world or learn more about the wilder animals in the state on the indoor/outdoor Minnesota Trail.
Oliver Kelley Farm (April 1-May 27)
Stop by on the weekends for hands-on learning about what goes on at the farm. The Kelley Farm has been around since the 1860s and is still functional—with a little help sewing, pumping water and completing animal care chores from visitors like you. Costumed staff will show you the lay of the land and tell you about the farm’s history, and the added Farm Lab where you can see what farming has looked like since the 1900s to modern day.
Bonus: Carlson’s Llovable Llamas in Waconia. While this llama farm doesn’t have any set visiting hours, they love when people call and schedule a time to visit their loveable llamas. In April and May, you’ll see the llama babies, and you can even inquire about adopting a llama and keeping it on their farm!
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