A Farmstead Visit and A Book

A favorite part of our Kansas City weekend was visiting the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead in Overland Park.  I had never heard of it until a friend posted pictures on Facebook a couple of years ago, and I knew this was a place we had to visit.  My city girls like to pretend they're country girls, egged on by stories Mr. B and my grandmother tell them about growing up on farms.

The farmstead was a wonderland for my kiddos.  Everything is meant to be turn-of-the-20th-century old-fashioned .  There were animals galore, of course, and for a small fee, kids can bottle-feed baby goats and fish with bamboo poles.  {My vegetarian, non-fishing self made the last one a bit difficult.  It just means Mr. B will need to go with us next time!}

We opted for the combo pack that included all the little pay-extra activities, including mining.  The girls were given their bags of sand to sift in the water, collecting cool stones to take home.

There was a one-room schoolhouse on the premises, too.  The girls have been inside old schoolhouses at Old Cowtown and the Little House on the Prairie Museum, but this one was especially nice.  It had a beautiful pressed tin ceiling, and a "teacher" was there to tell visitors what school was like over a century ago. Oh, and while it wasn't exactly historically accurate, the air-conditioning was nice, too.

One of my favorite parts was a Native American encampment exhibit.  It focused specifically on the Kanza tribe, and a guide was there to tell about the earthen lodge.  I didn't get a decent picture of the outside of the lodge, but you can read/see more about it here.

The rest of our combo pack included pony rides and a hay wagon ride.  The ponies were led by handlers around a little path.  I bought a ticket for the wagon ride, too.  The wagon was pulled by two gorgeous Belgian draft horses, and we could pet them when the ride was through.

There was so much to see and do, we were there for over four hours.  There were some wild birds of prey, peacocks, bobcats, bison, and longhorns in enclosures, along with a butterfly garden and nature trail.  The nature trail included some of the largest wind chimes I have ever seen.

I promised a book in the post title, right?  One of my daughters' favorite books when they were very small was a book that had belonged to my sister and me when we were kids.

Baby Farm Animals (Books for Young Explorers) by Merrill Windsor.
National Geographic Society, 1984.

This straight-forward picture book shows children on farms with different baby animals, giving facts about the animals and how they are cared for on the farm.  There's also a page about 4-H and showing animals at the fair.  Pretty simple, but the photography - this is a National Geographic publication - is what makes it such a keeper.

I'll have one more post about this weekend tomorrow!

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  1. FUN! and MORE fun! love the schoolroom! Julia would have adored this place. you guys have the best field trips, hands down.

    1. It was so cool! I'm so glad Mr. B talked me into our little trip. This place definitely warrants repeat visits.


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