East Bay Momma

A Frugal Momma Providing a Rich Childhood

Ardenwood Farms Toddler Time

Ardenwood Farms Toddler Time is a must do on a Tuesday morning! It’s a bit of a drive for us (Fremont) but the rangers offer a sweet program. This Tuesday we learned how corn was crushed for sheep in the 19thc and got a chance to crank the crushing machine (official name for it, I am sure). Then we got to hand feed the extremely hungry and eager sheep!

The historic farm is part of the East Bay park system so if you have a membership (one of the best deals around, I think) then it is free. Otherwise general admission to the farm is $3 for adults and $1 for kids. The half hour toddler-focused program begins with a story time about the particular animal of the day. Next comes the food/feed prep activity and meet n greet with the animal of the day. Afterwards you can spend time seeing the other animals, walking the beautiful grounds, chasing (sigh…) the free range chickens and picnicking in the picnic grove or perhaps in the lovely gazebo. Bathrooms are clean. No other amenities offered, at least when we were there, so bring your own snacks and drinks.

There are a bunch of fun events at Ardenwood throughout the year that you might want to look up too from haunted train rides to holiday teas. It’s a great place to tire out a little one!

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