Last Saturday we headed to Garfield Park Nature Center for their Farm and Garden Day event. The event is an annual tradition for the Cleveland Metroparks.
Based on the video preview of the event, I told the kids they would get to see farm animals, ride on tractors and do lots of fun activities. They were especially excited for the chance to milk a goat. I have to admit I was really looking forward to it as well.
Unfortunately, when we arrived at the welcome table we found out that there would be no animals on display. Needless to say, we were all pretty disappointed. After all, the chance to see the animals was the main reason we came.
Thankfully, the feeling of disappointment didn’t last long because they had many other activities for us to enjoy.
Farm, Garden & Food Education
At one station, a local farmer asked children what their favorite food was, and then explained how that food originated on a farm. He had various bags of vegetable seeds, grains, peanuts, and soybeans were on display as well.
At another station the kids got a chance to plant sunflower seeds in some soil to take home with them. And my husband and I got information about getting our garden soil tested to find out which nutrients it is lacking.
We watched demonstrations on how to turn cream into butter, and how to make popcorn over a fire. We even got to sample the final results. Delicious!
They even had a Corn Sheller that we could use to remove the corn kernels from the cob.
There were also quite a few games set up for kids to participate in. At the end of each game all the children got a small prize.
Cow Bean Bag Toss
Potato Sack Races
And an entire area filled with straw for the kids to play in.
Arts & Crafts
In addition to the games, there were a few kids craft stations set up. My kids choose to make a cow mask (We’ll be using these for the annual Chick-Fil-A Dress like a Cow Day!), and some buttons.
Tractors & Carriage Rides
Tractors are something that all kids seem to love. They had two tractors on display and kids could sit in the driver’s seat and pretend to be farmers. If you have a child who would love to “drive” a tractor, consider taking them to an upcoming Touch-a-Truck event.
In addition to the tractors on display, they also had two tractors pulling wagons to shuttle people back and forth from the parking lot.
And horse drawn carriage rides available at $2 per person.
Throughout the course of the day, we were given lettuce seeds, sunflower seeds, and green beans to take home and plant in our garden. We’ve never planted any of those items before, and are looking forward to enjoying them this year.
Overall, we had a great time at the Cleveland Metroparks Farm & Garden Day event. There were lots of great activities. We’re looking forward to attending again next year. Hopefully, we’ll finally get our chance to milk a goat!
Did anyone else attend then event this year? If so, what did you enjoy most?