Kid-Friendly Farms in the Bay Area
Hidden Villa - free admittance ($5 parking) Closed Mondays
26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022,
A great place to spend the morning and then a picnic lunch! You may want to call ahead to see if any baby animals have been born. Once they were milking a goat - my boys were enthralled. Walk down a short path and visit the vegetable garden first. There is even a clever tunnel the kids can run through in here. Then walk further to see chickens, goats, cows, horses and sheep. A little further and you can visit pigs, a larger chicken coop, some ducks and more goats. In springtime, the creek is low and a great place for dipping toddler toes. Picnic benches just on the creek bank. Pretty stroller friendly - a little bumpy. Clean bathrooms off of the main visitor center. There are also summer camps and programs for older children. http://www.hiddenvilla.org/ Phone: (650) 949-8650
Berry Picking at Webb Ranch, $3 per person, kids under 3 free. Open 10-4 Wed. to Sun.
2720 Alpine Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025
For a small $3 entry fee, eat your way through the many varieties of berry bushes, or just collect them all to bring home. We do a little of both when we go. There are usually blackberries, raspberries, and lingonberries to pick. A fun outing and you don't need to bring a snack! You may want to bring some water/juice, as it can get hot there on a sunny day. Prepare to get dusty and have kids covered in berries - but that's half the fun. Tips: bring your own flat tupperware container. They provide small baskets, but I've found the berries can get crushed in them. Closed toe shoes for the kids prevent very dirty feet. Don't forget sunscreen - there is no shade. Call ahead to see what berries are in season. http://www.webbranchfarm.com/
Phone: (650) 854-7755
Rancho San Antonio
Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos, CA 94024
Deer Hollow Farm at Rancho San Antonio is a great stop for families. Young children will be thrilled by the chance to glimpse livestock up close and personal. It's open to the public Tuesday-Sunday from 8am-4pm. Other park features include spacious open fields, more than 23 miles of interconnected trails, of all difficulty levels, and tennis and handball courts. http://www.parkhere.org/portal/site/parks/
Ardenwood Historic Farm, closed Mondays
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, California 94555
Probably best known for their Harvest Festival in October and the Christmas Faire in early December. Events typically include house tours, train rides, food samples, farm activities, arts & crafts, and music. They have Historic days, Naturalist programs, House tours, Horse drawn railroad, Blacksmith Shop and a Farmyard Cafe.
Cost: Adults $2.00, Children $1.00 - but vary for different events. Check website: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/ardenwood