Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hidden Hills Ranch

Jarrod had a major test this week, so I knew that I needed to find something to do to get me and the kids out of his hair on Saturday so that he could study.

Luckily, Mbaykids.com has a wonderful list of upcoming kid-friendly activities in the area.  As I was sifting through the list, I came upon the listing for Hidden Hills Ranch.  Saturday afternoon they were holding their monthly Farm Day tour.  Score!  This was right up my alley!

The ranch is about 20 minutes up the road from us in Prunedale, and is a non-profit organization.

Our tour started out at a little pond were the kids fed fish and some ducks.  We then walked over to the animal pens to find a goose, pot bellied pig, donkey, and some chickens.  Next was up to the big pasture.  The farm’s steer was right next to the gate and ready to be pet.  Trenton did not want to touch him, but Charlotte was all about it.  She reached right out and touched his nose.  “Ewww,” she exclaimed after seeing her hand, and she proceeded to wipe steer slobber on my shirt.  Thanks, Charlotte!

Around the corner were some more pastures and pens containing sheep and goats.  We were told by our tour leader to be extra quiet because there was a baby lamb in the pen inside the pasture that had just been born earlier that morning.  We were able to catch a glimpse of it, and it was so cute!  We also saw some alpacas and an emu.  We even got to touch the emu’s green egg!

Then it was up to the amphitheater to take a rest and watch sheep shearing.

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The kids were able to get an up close look at the sheep being sheared, touch the wool, and pet the sheep that was next in line for shearing.

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We walked through the butterfly and rose garden and then on to the vegetable garden before our tour was over. 

By then it was past our normal lunch time, so we grabbed our backpack out of the car, and found a table next to the pond to enjoy our picnic lunch.

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Next on the agenda were pony rides.  Charlotte, my normally adventurous child, didn’t want to let go of me to get on the pony (in her defense, she was missing her nap), but Trenton had a blast riding Licorice the pony!
 
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As we were walking out of the pony ride area, there was another pony out for the kids to pet.  Both of my two had to love on Foxy!

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As we were loading up in the car to go home, Trenton told me, “Mommy, this was a reeeaaallll good day.  Thanks for bringing us to the farm.”.  That was the BEST part of my day!

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