Monday, March 17, 2014

Kelsey Creek Farm

Ben’s preschool took a field trip to Kelsey Creek Farm last week. The farm is a sweet surprise as it’s tucked within a residential area of Bellevue, only five minutes from the main downtown business core. Once a working farm, it is now owned by the City of Bellevue and is home to a nice assortment of horses, sheep, pigs, and small fowl. Visitors are free to wander between the pastures; tours are also offered to school groups and birthday parties.

Emma and I joined Ben’s schoolmates as chaperones on this adventure.

My Dears, it was pure chaos. Imagine twenty 3-year-olds zipping into a paddock to pet the pony. Ben was in his element: he fell into the stream within five minutes of our arrival and then spent the remainder of the trip galavanting around with his buddies. They’re a mischievous lot too; pair your kid with a friend and they’ll automatically ignore all requests and commands to follow directions. Our pup Bailey does this too, on occasion. We call it "selective deafness”. Ben and Bailey are experts.

Our tour included a bit of pony petting, visits with the pigs and small animals, and a sheep feeding session. We also did some wool carding and the kids had an art project in the barn. There is a playground at the bottom of the hill and a stream, should your child be in for a bit of wading (or swimming, if you’re my son).



If You Go: Kelsey Creek Farm

Kelsey Creek Farm is located at 410 130 Pl SE, Bellevue, Washington

The farm is free and is open from 9:30 to 3:30. On April 26th the farm is hosting their annual Sheep Shearing festival. More information and driving directions can be found here.