Saturday, July 18, 2009

Deanna Rose Farmstead

With the awesome weather we've been having (for those of you not in the KC area, we have been greeted by lows in the upper 50s and highs in the upper 70s!) we decided to take a trip out to the Deanna Rose Farmstead in south Overland Park. I'd been there once, that I can remember, as a kid and I remembered it being fairly entertaining. I checked online and found out the farmstead opened at 9:00.

So we loaded everyone and everything up and headed south. We got there at about 9:45 and the parking lot was filling up quick. By the time we left at almost 11:00, I think every single family in Johnson County with a child under the age of 8 was there. That place was crazy! Strollers everywhere with kids and parents milling about. Apparently everyone had the same idea we did with the nice weather.

Anyways, I'm not sure how much Kylie actually noticed - she's still not quite old enough to really get the "zoo" experience - but as you'll see in the slideshow, she certainly enjoyed feeding the little goats! We saw all sorts of animals...they had a Koi pond where we fed some fish, a small prairie dog town, longhorn cattle, bobcats, birds of prey (Red-Tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle and a Great Horned Owl), bunnies, turkeys, chickens, cows and the like. Pretty much a menagerie of farm animals mixed with some local wild animals. Pretty neat. The only animals that Kylie really enjoyed (read: noticed) were the goats and the bunnies, because feeding the goats was very interactive and the bunnies were chasing each other around.

Of course, I'm still freaked out about the immune system thing, so we were the hyper-clean parents wiping little hands down constantly. Can you really blame us though? Between those stinky goats and a little bit of a compromised immune system, it was probably a good call.

We really enjoyed it. For being so close to home (about 15 minutes) and free to get into, this little "petting zoo" is way more convenient than the Kansas City zoo, especially with an infant. I can just imagine driving 40 minutes to get to the big zoo, paying $20+ to get in, and then having to walk five miles (that thing is so spread out). Timing wise, it'd be tough to see much trying to squeeze that trip in between feedings and naps. I'm getting off track here. The Deanna Rose Farmstead was great. We took a ton of pictures. Here's a few of our favorites:

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