Easter half term what could be more fun than going outdoors in the fresh air – other than having a lie in? The farm!
Rand Farm Park offers a high quality 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!
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! 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.