“Cole loves Parky’s Farm. We go all the time,” says Cole’s grandmother, Gini. “He especially enjoys watching the animals,” she adds. Parky’s Farm, located within Hamilton County Park’s Winton Woods, is home to many animals.
Visitors can pet goats and sheep and also have fun watching pigs, donkeys, horses and a llama. Chickens strut around the hen house, roosters crow and turkeys show off their dark feathers. “One day, Cole saw a cow there, and it mooed. He knew about cows mooing, and said, ‘Moo,’ but when the cow actually mooed, he was startled!” says Gini with a chuckle. There’s also a pond with ducks, geese and a working windmill, but many kids love the horses most of all.
The Winton Woods Riding Center offers horseback riding lessons for adults and children ages 7 and older. For younger riders, the center provides pony rides in the outdoor arena for $2.50.
Parky’s Playbarn also costs $2.50 per child. Inside the two-story former dairy barn, parents can relax and watch as kids climb, slide and dive into ball pits. The free, outdoor, farm-themed playground provides climbing and sliding fun.
Parky’s Playbarn offers plenty of fun programs each month for toddlers and school- age children along with their parents. This month, families can check out “A Very Fairy Home Makeover” on May 3 and 11. “Pioneer Pastimes” takes place May 6, 13, 20 and 27. RSVP is required.
Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods
10037 Daly Road | 513-521-7275 | greatparks.org/parks/parkysfarm.htm
Party at Parky’s!
Consider Parky’s Farm for your animal-loving child’s next birthday! Kids ages 1 – 12 can visit the farm animals, explore the Playbarn and celebrate in a private party room with the help of a party host. Cost is $125 for up to 10 children (additional kids are $12.50 each, with a maximum of 24). Call 513-521-3276; reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
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