Free to Roam: 6 Fabulous Farms for City Kids
City kids need a place to roam on lazy summer days. And parents need a peaceful perch from which to watch them. Find space, fresh air and Old McDonald’s pals at these great country spots. From traditional farms complete with veggies and chickens to farms that boast a little more carnival than cow, we’ve rounded up the best green acres around. Farm living is the life to lead this summer!
Think of Whidbey Island’s Greenbank Farm as a 152-acre playground for the kiddos, complete with parent perks that make the ferry ride well worth it (hello, wine shop, cheese shop, and art galleries!). There’s so much to do, it’s hard to know where to start. But we suggest stopping by the wine shop first. No, not for a glass of merlot (yet). That’s where you can borrow a pair of binoculars before grabbing a birding chart, self-guided walking tour, or family scavenger hunt sheet. Be sure to check off landmarks as you make your way around the farm, cuz there’s a prize at the end. Next up is a Dr. Doolittle fix for the kiddos, featuring up-close animal experiences at the Organic Farm School. Families will find sheep and chickens, as well as friendly students who love to answer questions. (Finally, someone else to answer those for your 4-year-old for a while!)
The grotto between the pond and the wetlands is another must-see parent spot. The gardens are managed by master gardeners, and make for some shaded down time when the little guys need it. If tummies are rumbling, head to the loganberry patch. Eight rows of u-pick berries straight off the bush are hard to beat if you’re under 5. Or, if you really need a fix, check out Whidbey Pies Cafe for some home-baked deliciousness. It's a day trip with a cherry on top!
Special Event: Summer Sundays at Greenbank will celebrate a slower pace of life for families looking to linger, wander and stroll in no particular order. Expect musicians on the lawn, ducks on the pond, and possibly a game or two of Cornhole (no relation to Beavis). Unplug and unwind with the kiddos this summer, June through August from noon until 4 p.m. each Sunday.
765 Wonn Rd.
Greenbank, Wa 98253
Hours: Mon.–Sun., 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
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Photos courtesy of: Woodinville Lavender’s website ; Sean Callahan, Island Life Photography; Bryant Blueberry Farm & Nursery LLC; Foster’s Produce and Corn Maze’s Facebook page ; Fox Hollow Farm’s Facebook page, Erin Cranston