Travel back in time at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead and experience life on a turn-of-the-century Kansas farm. Established in 1978, Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is now home to nearly 200 animals (including livestock and birds of prey), vegetable and flower gardens, a fishing pond and more!
The farm is bursting with things to see and do. One of the best places to start? The animals, of course! Kids will love an opportunity to enjoy pony rides, bottle feed baby goats or pet a cow in the Dairy Barn. Keep an eye out for other animals, too, including horses, donkeys, turkeys, bison, prairie dogs and bobcats, to name a few.
From there, even more frontier farm life awaits. Visit Helen’s Country Schoolhouse, a one-room country schoolhouse carefully designed and built to replicate its 1900 predecessor, complete with antiques and a working pot-bellied stove. From there, continue the adventure at John’s Black Smithshop, Mining Camp, Ray’s Barber Shop and Kanza Village, a historically accurate replica of a small Kanza Indian village complete with an earthen lodge that’s flanked by two 18-foot-tall teepees.
Of course, a turn-of-the-century farm offered plenty of things to do, in addition to see—and so does Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead. Children ages 3 to 10 can enjoy an attendant-led pony ride. Or pile the entire family into a wagon pulled by Belgian draft horses for a 10-15 minute ride through the woods that border the farm. See what you can catch with an old-fashioned cane pole at Grandpa Bob’s fishing pond, and let your little ones feel the need for speed with a push pedal tractor race.
Before you go, be sure to stop in at Vic’s General Store, the hub of activity for turn-of-the-century farming communities. The historically accurate interior is stocked with merchandise, including old-fashioned wooden toys, Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead souvenirs and everyone’s favorite—old-time candy and taffy!
Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is open daily from April 1-Oct. 31 and offers extended hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission is $2 per person and is free after 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Farmstead activities are open until 5 p.m.