Easter half term what could be more fun than going outdoors in the fresh air – other than having a lie in? The farm!
EIGHT REASONS FARMS ARE GREAT
1.Teaches children life skills – there are some things that you just can not learn from a book or in school. Farming teaches children of all ages life skills like raising food, working hard, communication, caring for others and much more.
2. Teaches children safety skills – being aware of your surrounding is the number one rule when farming. Milking cows, working on equipment, feeding pigs, catching chickens, working in the gardens all require safety awareness at all times. Kids learn to keep their guard up at all times to protect themselves, the animals and the farm around them.
3. Teaches children to have a greater appreciation for food – spending a day, a week or a life time on a farm will change the way you see food. Food becomes a reward not just something that comes from a grocery store. Kids who grow and raise their own food are more likely to waste less and eat a greater variety of foods.
4. Teaches children to have a better awareness in mother nature – weather affects farming on a daily basis. Rain is extremely important but too much is never good. Extreme heat or extreme cold has it affect on everything and everyone on a farm. Farmers are very dependant on mother nature yet we have no control over any of if. All we can do as farmers is be aware of what is forecast and prepare properly.
5. Farms offer so many opportunities for children to learn about science as they are introduced to botany (the study of plants), agriculture and horticulture (the cultivation of various fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and more). There is so much science involved in planting and growing fruits and vegetables.
6. Teaches children problem solving skills – animals have a mind of their own and things change on a daily basis. As a farmer children need to figure out ways to get chores done if animals, weather or equipment doesn’t want to cooperate. Fixing fence, pulling weeds, fixing watering systems so that everything on the farm continues to function are just some problems that farmers face daily.
7. Teaches children the life cycle – the cycle of life is hard to teach and even harder to accept, being on a farm brings to joys of new life – it is the cycle of life, hard and rewarding at the same time.
7. There are so many sensory opportunities at a farm: the textures of the animal fur, the dryness of the hay, the wet grass and the smooth vegetables from the farmer’s market, just to name a few. Farms offer a wide variety of contrasting tactile experiences for children. As they roam and touch things, let them enjoy all the information that they are absorbing. Carry antibacterial soap if it makes you feel more comfortable but their little minds are processing information at alarming rates. Ask them to describe what they feel as well as identify words of different textures (smooth, dry, wet, silky, furry).
8. To identify animals as they stand before your baby or toddler, carries so much weight as they are absorbing vocabulary words! As they become preschoolers, you can begin to identify differences in male vs. female vocabulary in regards to the animals. For example, a duck can now be a duck, drake and a duckling. Another example is that you can identify different breeds such as: pigs, sheep, goats etc.
RAND FARM VISIT WITH THE KIDS
Rand Farm Park offers a great day out – we visited for the day (not sponsored) there is hands on fun and learning experience both for day and residential visitors of all ages and abilities and has a large variety of animals to hold, feed, hold and daily demonstrations in the undercover animal barns.
There are two indoor heated play areas, under cover ride on tractors and sandpit, along with a tea room and coffee bar serving light lunches and hot and cold beverages.
It was my babies first visit to the farm age 4 months old and her first tractor ride consisted of going down their driveway and back as the cows and sheep weren’t in the field yet and the ground was to wet which was funny for my eldest as she couldn’t understand why we went for a five minute stroll through the carpark!
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For sunny days there is a large outdoor adventure playground, farm tractor and trailer rides and go karts!
The staff are friendly, welcoming, trained in their own fields and motivated and ensure that each visitor is treated equal – children and adults all love it being able to spend time together and tire those kids out!
Farms offer a variety of education for little people from seeing animals from large to small and it is the mecca of activities for the entire family. Most farms have a petting zoo which provides children an infinite amount of joy as they are fascinated with feeding cows, sheep and even alpacas (to name a few) Spending time with the animals at Rand farm was my daughter’s favourite part. We spent a good forty minutes hanging out with a pair of very eager goats and cows! I think letting kids interact with the animals in a hands-on way gives them an understanding of how animals should be treated, what’s required for their well-being, and how they contribute to farm life.
Rand farm offers great themed ideas on holidays, for example, easter, halloween and christmas. My daughter went on an easter egg hunt!
The restaurant offers a small but great variety of food from hunters chicken to sausage and mash to soup and for the littles a choice of cooked or cold pack up boxes! There was a great selection of easter treats too!
Breastfeeding welcome for all! I was able to breastfeed without issue. It definitely makes you appreciate where milk comes from as you get to see mlking demonstrations. It’s pretty cool how much milk one cow produced and learning facts about them really helps people develop a greater sense of gratitude for these animals.
Rand Farm Park has won lots of awards for their work and for their park. They are very proud of their achievements!
National Farm Attraction Network
Best in Education
Runner Up 2013
National Farm Attraction of the Year Award – Visit the National Farm Attraction Network website
National Farm Attraction of the Year Award in 2013
Runner Up 2011
2nd Place 2010
East Midlands Tourism and Enjoy England Excellence Awards – Visit the East Midlands Tourism website
Silver Award Winner 2005 and 2006
Heart of England Tourist Board – Visit the Heart of England Tourist Board website
VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
Gold Award Winner 2000
Silver Award Winner 2001
Silver Award Winner 2002
Investors in People – Visit the Investors in People website
Investors in People 2005
4 Star Catering Award 2006
5 Star Catering Award 2010
English Tourist Council – Visit the English Tourist Council website
Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
HEALTH AND SAFETY
They encourage all visitors to interact with their animals and hope youngsters will gain maximum benefit from the communal play areas.
In such an environment it is important for peoples safety and for the safety of any children in their charge, that a few essential rules are followed at all times. It is a condition of entry to Rand Farm Park that you read the following health and Safety advice and ensure any children in your charge comply.
If there is anything you are not clear about, or would like more advice about, please ask a member of staff.
Washing facilities are located outside the Tea Room, in the Dairy and in all the toilets.
Feeding and touching the Animals
All animals naturally carry some micro organisms which can be transmitted to humans where they may cause ill health.
Whilst the hazards are real the risk of infection is low and can be readily controlled by following these simple practical steps which will make your visit even more safe, healthy and enjoyable.
- You have to ensure that you and your kiddywinks wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling the animals and particularly before consuming food and drink.
- You MUST ensure that children under five are supervised by a responsible adult whilst washing their hands.
- Washing facilities are located outside the Tea Room, in the Dairy, at the exit to the animal contact area and in all the toilets.
- Expectant mothers should refrain from handling all sheep and lambs during the lambing season.
- Don’t feed the big pigs, rabbits or guinea pigs as they have their own special diets.
- Most of their animals enjoy a cuddle. If you would like to hold an animal please ask a member of staff.
- Don’t enter any animal enclosure unless invited to do so by a member of staff.
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Rand Farm Park is set in the heart of rural Lincolnshire, just a few miles from the Lincolnshire Wolds, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Located near the main A158 Lincoln to Skegness road, about two miles North on the Lincoln side of Wragby. Signposted off the A158.
Address is: Rand, Lincoln, LN8 5NJ.