A Day at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

The charm of the farm animals, the intentional areas to explore, and the emphasis on conservation and preservation are just some of the reasons Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is a favorite destination for Kansas City families. It is also economical to visit, cheerful around every corner, and can fill a few hours before afternoon naptime, or a full day of fun.

For novices or first-time visitors, take it from a seasoned veteran and follow these tips for a seamless day on the farm!

Plan your visit

When purchasing tickets, consider add-ons such as goat bottle-feeding and a wagon ride as both are worth the additional dollars.

There’s always a stop at the popular pedal tractors!

With admissions only costing $3 for those 2 years and older, a few extras do not feel extravagant. In addition, a large bag of animal feed is $6, and can be used around the entire park, providing a plethora of entertainment and the ability to tame a tantrum in no time.

Once inside, follow the path toward the beautiful white barn and visit all of the little animals along the way, winding around until you find the small pangs of hunger hitting. Break out the packed snacks, or hit one of four options to purchase a kid-approved meal. There’s ice cream, hot dogs, ham sandwiches, warm pretzels … everything you’ll need to feed a picky child.

Consume your treats in the shade of the large playground, equipped with plenty of comfortable seating for parents to “sitervise” or sit and supervise as we like to call it! It’s a part of the park that makes kids of all ages want to run and slide.

From there, peek at the rabbits, coo at the baby pigs and feed the large goats who seem to often be more intrigued with eating shirts than they are the provided feed. Never miss the red slide that will take little ones through a barn full of birds and turkeys.

In this area you’ll also want to find the line to ride the horse-drawn wagon, an experience that feels the most nostalgic during the fall months.

Continue around the shaded, paved paths to find a bald eagle display, short walking path through the woods, a butterfly garden, an often-napping buffalo, and other stop-worthy adorable animals and exhibits along the way.

It’s the meandering and the exploring that makes Deanna Rose Farmstead a destination worthy of your time and money. It is big enough to entertain a wide-range of ages, but small enough to not feel overwhelming for the smallest of tots.

Important tips for parents

  • Ample parking is right outside entrance.
  • Park is stroller friendly with wide, paved paths.
  • Plenty of picnic tables are scattered throughout to rest and eat.
  • Most attractions are free, with the exception of things such as mining, fishing and goat bottle feeding, but all are inexpensive add-ons.
  • Park is only open April 1 through Oct. 31.

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead also offers lots of everyday events throughout the months, as well as holiday celebrations.

Seasonal attractions worth considering

Pumpkin Hollow Targeted more toward a toddler and younger elementary crowd, this is a great afternoon fall activity.

Last year’s visit to Pumpkin Hollow. Was a favorite for a then 3-year-old.

Night of the Living Farm

Visit for scary and non-scary activities during the Halloween season.

Holiday Lights on Farmstead Lane

A drive-up and park display meant to wow while never having to set foot in the cold air.

Visit the Farmstead’s site to see all upcoming special events, from goat yoga to holiday displays, and an adults-only fundraiser.

A day at Deanna Rose is encouraged, if not a rite of passage every year. It feels wholesome and a place everyone can visit without growing tired, as there’s always something new and precious to discover.

Kristin is a Lee’s Summit suburb transplant, after living in the Brookside and Plaza areas for over eight years. Raising three young boys with her husband, Jake, has helped her to embrace the messy, wild side of life where love is expressed in bear hugs and body slams. Professionally, she can be found teaching classes as an adjunct professor in the areas of Business, Marketing and PR. She is able to provide her students with applicable, real-life knowledge as she draws from several years working in the corporate sector. “Free time” (ha!, what's that again?) is spent on an occasional date night to favorite local restaurants, reading blogs on everything from home design to politics, riding her sweet beach cruiser bike and thinking of ways to convince her husband to do yet another home improvement project.

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