Fun at the Farm / EIGHT Reasons to visit!

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.

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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!

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Bottle feeding the animals!
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Feeding the animals!

 

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!

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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.

 

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AWARDS

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

WINNER! 2019
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 

Finalist 2019
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

CATERING AWARDS

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.

Hygiene 

Washing facilities are located outside the Tea Room, in the Dairy and in all the toilets.

 

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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.

For more details click here.

 

COST

You can also join their membership for deals.

 

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LOCATED 

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.

 

 

For more information and booking online click this link!

27 thoughts on “Fun at the Farm / EIGHT Reasons to visit!

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  1. What can I say, we clearly agree with all the learning there is to be had from a farm visit. It is wonderful to watch the children on holiday here grow in confidence each day with the animals. The farm you visited sounds well set up for day visits too. The animals all look like they have lovely clean homes and access to feed and stroke them is so important as part of learning about the animals.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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  2. What a fabulous farm. We all
    love visiting farms and we’re actually going to visit one on Sunday. I love the fact you’ve listed all the educational benefits of a visit to the farm. Fun and educational what a fantastic day trip. Thanks for linking up with #ourweekendhappy. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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  3. Oh this looks like a wonderful farm. We are quite lucky that we have two very similar ones not too far away so can make use of them when we want to.I love it when they have other stuff like soft play as it’s easier to make a whole day of it and makes it fine whatever the weather! Thanks for linking up with #ourweekendhappy

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  4. This post takes me right back to growing up on a small farm here in Oregon. I love that you mentioned the “circle of life” and how it’s a hard thing to explain. I’ve always felt I truly benefitted from farm life in that I had a unclose and personal view of that cycle, that experience is so invaluable! Great post mama.

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