I can’t believe my daughter is already 18 months old and we just made it to Maplewood Farm for the first time last week! Some of my friends swear by it for a great outing with their child(ren) and then I have other parent-friends that don’t even know it exists– right in our own backyard! I have known about it for years, but have never been there myself, until last week, and I am so glad we finally went!
My daughter reads and re-reads her farm books, and she sings the E -I -E -I -O from “Old MacDonald’s Farm” numerous times a day. Animals become a large part of many baby’s lives because of their prevalence in books, songs, shows and movies. To be able to see these animals up close and personal (and to even be able to TOUCH some of them) brings a whole new level of happiness out in kids. Maplewood Farm is such a terrific opportunity for children to interact with farm animals amidst a busy city life.
We spent a good hour and a half feeding ducks, petting rabbits, chasing goats and gawking at the enormity of the cows and horses. I am anxious to get back there again one day soon and see the excitement on Portia’s face all over again.
Some tips and tricks for an outing to Maplewood Farm:
1) Bring some snacks and even a whole picnic lunch! There are picnic benches for you and your family so you can recharge before exploring the farm some more.
2) Apparently the rabbits love fresh mint. If you have some in your home garden, bring some along and your child will love to feed the giant bunnies.
3) Buy some bird feed when you are paying for your entrance to the farm. There are many opportunities (and it is a lot of fun) to feed the ducks, chickens, swans etc.
4) Consider buying an annual pass if you think you will make it to the farm a few times during the year. Especially if you are a family of 4+. You will save some money!
5) Wear boots/shoes that you are not afraid of getting dirty and wet. Rain boots are a good choice for the little ones!
6) Bring your stroller (for the younger kidlets). The kids will spend most of their time on foot, but after an hour or so of walking/running and all of the excitement, Portia was thankful for a little ride around in her stroller to admire the ducks in the pond and give her baby legs a break.
7) Here is the link to Maplewood Farm with hours of operation, entrance fees, contact information and more!
Enjoy the farm!
North Shore Mama