This post is sponsored by Fun Farm. Pick your strawberries through June 15!
I’m in the middle of a big move, but I have been trying to make sure my kids get out of our maze of boxes and into the fresh at least on the weekends.
So on a recent soggy Saturday, we made the trek to the Fun Farm in Kearney, Mo., to play and pick strawberries.
My kids didn’t even care that it was raining. My daughter jumped in every puddle she could, and my son, who sometimes has some fear of animals, fed pigs, sheep and the farm’s new baby pony, #BabyBerry.
At one point, my son, who is 6 1/2 and bored by everything, turned to me and said, “This is the funnest farm!”
Next we visited the Big Barn Gift Shop. Of course my kids wanted every cool toy they saw, but, again, we are moving, so no. Plus, their hands were sticky from strawberries and keeping them from touching the stuffed animals was fun. (Don’t be a rookie like me. There is a hand-washing station, but take wipes, because… kids.) The gift shop also has treats to take home including amazing strawberry cheesecake and homemade pies.
One mistake I made was not bringing the kids’ rain boots. There are more than 300 acres of farm to roam, so I thought their gym shoes would be better for walking than boots. Wrong. My husband had to work a little that Saturday, but met us at the farm and brought the boots, which was good, because, like I said, my daughter loves the puddles.
There are lots of fun play areas for kids — bounce pillows, barnyard games, bike track, a treehouse village, wooden cabins and school houses for kids to explore. We didn’t do as much playing as we would have liked because of the rain, and because at first I was there by myself (so if you have more than one kid, especially one who’s younger and one who’s older, I suggest you go with another adult so you can split up).
After we jumped in many puddles and fed many animals, we picked strawberries. They have cardboard baskets where you can collect your berries, which sell for $4 a pound. If you want to pick berries, the season is short — probably through mid June — so check the farm’s Facebook and Instagram for updates on availability before you go.
Once you get your strawberries home, you can soak them in vinegar to make them last longer or slice and freeze to have them on hand for smoothies (or daiquiris, you know, whatever).
The last thing we did before we left was get treats. My kids insisted on having their own strawberry lemonade slushie. They were huge and delicious. I split a strawberry wine slushie with my husband (not as huge, but just as delicious). We got a bag of strawberry-flavored kettle corn too, which was way too good. My 3-year-old daughter especially loved it. I think she ate more than me.
The farm also offers strawberry donuts, ice cream, pizza and wine tastings if you’re staying for lunch.
There are a million sunny days that my kids will probably never remember, but this wet Saturday with strawberries, muddy splashes, slushies, and animals … maybe it will be a day they remember for a long time. I will. I don’t like getting rained on, but seeing them smile and be away from screens for a little bit, it was totally worth it.