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 to explore this summer.

Fox Hollow Farm

Gather the kiddos and head to the Eastside for some snuggly good times with the animals at Fox Hollow Farm in Issaquah. Fox Hollow wins when it comes to creating a welcoming farm experience for kiddos at any age, and they pride themselves on the authentic interactions kidlets can have with their animals. Wanna pet the bunny? Why not take her out in the meadow for some real playtime. Meeting Baxter and Dandelion, the friendliest cows this side of the Cascades? Give them a gentle tickle under the chin and we guarantee happy licks all around. But Fox Hollow is more than just a Doolittleian paradise. They’ve also got large inflatables, John Deere trikes, and $4 pony rides along the creek. Psst… the creek is also tube-able. Bring one if you’ve got one to cool off on a hot summer day. Are you feeling the vibe of this farm yet? And the totally squeal-worthy news from Fox Hollow these days? Baby piglets (born to proud mama Petunia Picklebottom) await little visitors (and big ones too!) as well as Dolly's new foal Moonshadow. Looks like you’ve found the roaming hot spot of the summer!

Good to Know: Fox Hollow is now offering reserved sessions Wednesday through Sunday. The morning session is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the afternoon session is open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. By offering sessions, all guests are guaranteed a spot in the parking lot and the animals will not get over-stressed by huge crowds. Note: You will have the flexibility to come and go as you please during your three-hour session.

Fox Hollow Family Farm
12031 Issaquah Hobart Rd. S.E.
Issaquah, Wa 98027

Hours: Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:$10/person; 18 months & under Free

photo: Melinda Wong

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— Allison Sutcliffe