Looking for things to do with the kids can be a real chore sometimes.
You want to keep them busy, entertained, burning off excess energy and generally having a good time.
The playgrounds can get repetitive and often so busy that it’s hard to keep a watchful eye when you have more than one kidlet in tow, especially ones in the “Toddler Years”! These little guys aren’t the best listeners, nor do they understand the concept of gravity. They like to follow in the big kids steps and when it involves climbing the spider-web-like apparatus, my spidey senses start to tingle and my heart races. I’m much more comfortable when we’re in an enclosed, ground level environment.
There is a variety of kid-friendly things to do in the Lower Mainland.
Maplewood Farm is a quaint little farm that kids love to visit.
The residents include some ponies, horses, cows, donkeys, sheep, bunnies, goats, chickens, goats, a parrot, turkeys, and a few other small birds.
You can purchase a bag of seed when you arrive and go feed the chickens, ducks and geese in the pond.
The resident parrot will greet you when you go say “Hello!”
There are several tractors scattered around the farm that the kiddos can hop on and take for a spin. Our little man managed to find EVERY single one of them, and spent a good five minutes sitting on them and pushing them around, but never really pedaling them ’cause his wee leg couldn’t reach the pedals.
Our favourite spot is visiting with the goats!
These guys are so friendly that they insist on being pet and will probably butt you in the leg or back side to get your attention. Watch your clothes and bags as they WILL start to munch on anything.
Little Dude kept asking for Hi-5’s from the goats and when reminded to pet them from “head to bum”, he proceeded to pet the goats bum (under the tail to my shock!).
The resident Jersey cow, Lima gets a milking in the afternoon and the farmer shows you how to do it or you could go out back and “milk” the demo cow.
There is so much to see and do at Maplewood Farm that your kiddos will have a lot of fun! Bring a picnic lunch and stay all day, but please don’t share it with the farm animals! They have a special diet and could get sick. The signs posted around the farm will remind you, just in case you forget.
If you have an upcoming Birthday, Maplewood Farm has several party packages available, including one that involves a pony ride!
Maplewood Farm has generously provided Raincity Parent with a 1 year Family Membership to the farm ($126 value)! This giveaway runs from July 14th-20th, 2014 and is open to residents of the Lower Mainland, BC (Vancouver and surrounding areas) only. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.