I write another blog, a coupon blog. And sometimes when I’m out visiting some place with my kids, I have to decide-do I want to review this as a budget friendly venue, or from the special needs parent perspective? Sometimes, if a venue specifically asks me to review it, then that makes it easy because they specify which blog they want it on. But, like in the venue we visited today, the venue fits in very well with both blogs. So for those who are extremely budget conscious, I’ll tell you–this outing is very affordable! There, done with that, now on to the special needs stuff.
Knowing what to expect at a venue is half the battle. As long as I can prepare appropriately, it makes the day much less stressful. I also write a column for the Kennett Paper and Avon Grove Sun and often feature the Delaware Nature Society, which is how I became aware of Coverdale Farm. It’s very close to my home, only took us 15-20 minutes to get there. We had packed a lunch as suggested on the website. They do not have food for purchase there. They have several picnic tables in shaded areas and I didn’t find that the bugs were bad or anything. We arrived, went to the tables and ate our lunch. The Farm Fun Day was scheduled to start at noon.
They have a few barns and other out buildings. There is a run-in shed adjacent to a large fenced in area that holds about a half dozen sheep. Brian seemed genuinely amazed when they said “Baaaa!” and his eyes grew wide. Yes, that’s what they say. Mom & Dad don’t make this stuff up.
From there, we walked up the hill, where the buildings with the two dozen chickens/hens/chicks/rooster are, the two pigs, and four cows. Oh, and one very friendly ram. Kevin actually said both “Moo” and “Baaa” which made me very happy. The terrain was decent, I was able to navigate our double stroller fairly easily, though it is hilly. There are flat, gravel paths, but a person pushing a wheelchair or navigating their own wheelchair may have some difficulties on the incline/decline portions. The doorways are wide enough to accomodate them, but not by much. Even without going into the buildings, a person would be able to see everything except the newborn chicks.
They have bathrooms, but I forgot to check them out, sorry! It’s $3 per child and $5 per adult for this activity-the Farm Fun Days. They have other classes, events and festivals which vary in price. What I liked about it is that my boys got to get up close & personal to the animals, can even touch them. The surroundings are very nice and very quiet. It’s a real farm, and your kids will certainly leave feeling like they’ve visited an actual farm. And it’s not overwhelming, small and manageable. If my boys only see two pigs and four cows, that’s plenty. One of the volunteers helped my older son feed the chickens too. My younger son preferred to keep his distance from them. We heard all the typical farm sounds–the cows moo’d, the sheep baa’d, the pigs oinked and the chickens cock-a-doodle-doo’d. It’s really perfect because they get to experience it all in a nice, intimate setting.
Overall, I think this is a great local outing. I think their address is actually Greenville, Delaware. Not too far off of Route 52, about 10 minutes south of Kennett Square. It’s perfect for younger children and those with special needs (for the quiet, intimate setting) but I think older children may bore easily. The picnic area is nice, they have lovely gardens to tour and it appears that they sell some of their produces. From the time we left the house, door to door, we were only gone about two hours total which works out well at times. You can feel like you have done an activity with the kids and at the same time it didn’t take all day.
For more information, directions and other activities offered, visit the Delaware Nature Society’s web page.