Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; located on the southwest corner of Lee Avenue and Cooper Street
“Little Farm Hands at the Fair” is an agricultural education exhibit for kids. Children (ages 3-10) become farm hands at this free, hands-on exhibit as they are provided the opportunity to experience the agricultural process, beginning at the farm and ending at the market. Each year, more than 40,000 Little Farm Hands and their families don their work aprons and fire up their imaginations to help with farm chores, collect goods to sell at the farmers market, and then spend their “earnings” on real products made from the farm at the grocery store.
This mock-farm consists of a series of five miniature barns, a grain bin, a tractor yard, six garden plots, an apple orchard and a farmers market connected by a self-guided pathway that directs families from a starting point to the last step in the process at the grocery store.
Each building provides hands-on tasks related to planting crops and the tending of animals. For example, at the chicken coop, the farm hands feed the faux chickens the grain they “harvested” and then collect the eggs. At the dairy barn, children milk a fiberglass cow and collect milk cartons, and at the tractor shed, they drive pedal tractors with wagons to haul the hay for the animals.
After the children have gone through each of the miniature barns and collected their products, they “sell” them at the farmers market for “cash” to be used at the retail grocery store where they have the opportunity to “buy” finished products like apples, milk, cereal, soy nuts, cans of fruit & vegetables, etc.For further information, please email us or call us directly at (651) 288-4440.
Seed Survivor is returning in 2015. This interactive and educational exhibit teaches you about the elements needed for seeds to grow into plants. Seed Survivor features multi-media and virtual reality games, insect video scopes, sunflower planting stations, talking walls and more.