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Hands-On Farm Experiences for Seattle Kids

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Kelsey Creek Farm
410 130th Pl SE
Bellevue, WA 98005
425.452.7688
http://www.myparksandrecreation.com

Among Bellevue’s many parks, Kelsey Creek is unique, reminding visitors of an era when Old McDonald and many of his neighbors had a farm. The park features picturesque barns and a host of farm animals, including horses, sheep, goats and chickens. The park also features hiking and jogging trails, picnic areas, a playground suitable for young tots, wetlands open grassy areas, creeks, wetlands and forests. The farm’s two historic barns sit prominently on the crest of a hill, overlooking the shallow valleys to each side. Farm animals are out in the pastures or yards daily. Come by and see them! They are available for viewing daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 365 days/year, including weekends and holidays. The farm receives over 250,000 visits each year. There will be a sheep shearing event on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

The Outback Kangaroo Farm
10030 State Route 530 NE
Arlington, WA 98223
http://www.outbackkangaroofarm.com

Get up close, feed, & pet all of your favorite animals! You’ll find chickens, roosters, turkeys, ducks, phesants, peacocks, mini donkeys, pygmy goats, a mini horse, llamas and alpacas. Plus interesting animals like ring tailed lemurs, turtles, red kangaroos, wallabies, wallaroos, emus and cavees (guinea pigs). Tours are Wednesdays – Sundays, beginning March 1. Tours are offered at 10, 12, 2 and 4. $8 for adults, $7 for children. Cash or check only.

Animal Farm
802 E. Mukilteo Blvd.
Everett, WA 98203
425.257.8300
http://www.everettwa.org

Meet the frisky animals who help make agriculture one of Snohomish County’s leading industries. Laugh at the young goats’ antics and visit all their barnyard friends: woolly sheep, chatty ducks and hens, soft rabbits, big-eyed calves, and muddy pigs.Meet the frisky animals who help make agriculture one of Snohomish County’s leading industries. Laugh at the young goats’ antics and visit all their barnyard friends: woolly sheep, chatty ducks and hens, soft rabbits, big-eyed calves, and muddy pigs. Open from the end of June through the end of August, this Everett Parks & Rec farm is free, however donations are greatly appreciated to offset the cost of feed and barnyard maintenance.

Fox Hollow Equestrian Center and Farm
12031 Issaquah-Hobart Road SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
http://www.foxhollowfamilyfarm.com

You’ll find sheep, goats, pigs, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, kittens, horses, parrots and more roaming around the farm. Thereare beautiful trusted ponies and horses for your family to spend time with while you’re exploring our farm. Picnic in the forest or play in the new baby goat/bunny area. Every Wednesday is a drop-in play date. From 10:00am – 1:00pm, there are plenty of indoor, heated areas for those rainy days or lots of romping to do outside, so head to Fox Hollow for some fantastic family fun. $6/person (children under 12 months are free).

The Little Farm at Windwater
20621 SE Green Valley Road
Auburn, WA 98092
253.929.6357
http://www.thelittlefarmatwindwater.com

A big barn with room inside to enjoy the animals even in bad weather. You’ll find horses, a mini cow, rabbits, ducks, geese, a mini donkey, goats, sheep, chickens and more. All of them are friendly and waiting to greet you. All tours and events at the petting farm are by appointment only. It’s the perfect place for a birthday party or other special event.

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