Fun Farms to Visit in Delaware
We just love visiting farms. Both of my kids love animals, Kevin in particular. There are many local farms and animal farms to visit with children in Delaware.
Make sure you double check hours and restrictions on their website or Facebook page. Many of these farms are free. I always like to support them and buy something, though.
In addition to this list of fun farms in Delaware that you can visit with your kids, don’t forget about the fair season. In late summer and early fall, many towns and municipalities host fairs and festivals to celebrate the harvest and agriculture.
And most have a section of animals (since they are often being shown) to visit, pet and learn.
- Coverdale Farm Preserve of Delaware Nature Society in Greenville DE: This is another one of our local favorites. The animals are for kids to see and visit. They also have a small farm store and plenty of events scheduled throughout the year.
- Woodside Farm Creamery in Hockessin? Newark?: I guess their address is actually Newark but I call this part Hockessin. A really fun place to visit, even if you are just stopping for an ice cream cone. They offer plenty of events for families and kids on their “Events Cow-lendar.”
- UD Ag Day is usually held the last weekend of April (ish). It is on/near all the ag buildings in Newark. It is a farm, a working farm to teach students. However, one Saturday a year they open it up to the public.
- Ramsey’s Farm: Open for autumn only.
Preparing for a Farm Visit
A few quick tips I’ve learned over the years.
- Wear comfortable, close-toed shoes. (you may not be allowed near animals in flip flops)
- Wear or bring sunscreen.
- Check websites and Facebook pages for special events and times, such as if they let you feed animals.
Visits with a Disability
Of course, always remember to wash your hands after petting pigs, goats and all the other animals. If you have food or bee allergies, you want to be prepared for that. Farm produce often attracts bees.
Keep in mind that if you go on a hay ride at one of these farms, it may aggravate asthma or other breathing conditions.
Know that for some of these farms, the only bathroom option was a portable toilet. Call ahead if that will be an issue for you.
Some farms even let us hold the baby goats!
Skills We Work on While Traveling
Whether it’s a quick outing for milk or an overnight adventure, I try to make everything a learning experience for Kevin. He takes much longer than most kids to learn skills. I welcome any opportunity for practice.
- Language: Pointing out colors, numbers, large vs small, animal sounds.
- Sensory: What do you see, hear, smell?
- Sensory: What does the animal feel like? (if you can pet it)
- Sensory: Taste, ice cream, apples, etc.
- Gross Motor: Walking and climbing and activities such as picking apples or using a playground.
- Fine Motor: Feeding animals, petting, toys, activities.
- Other: We read books and watch TV episodes about the activity or farm. Maybe do some baking and eating.
Please check websites or Facebook pages before visiting, often because they are family-run operations, they may not be open all the time.
Hey, I’m having trouble finding more farms to visit! Leave me your suggestion so I can add it to the list.