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Green Meadows Petting Farm Review

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We recently spent the day at Green Meadows Petting Farm in East Troy, WI. Green Meadows was started in 1964 by the Keyes family when they converted their hog & cattle business into a pick-your-own produce farm. Most pick-your-own farms at the time excluded children so they decided to add some farm animals, and the petting zoo was formed.

Green Meadows is a great place for field trips, birthday parties, corporate events and family day trips. It is the perfect combination of fun and learning. You can take a self-guided tour but their incredibly friendly and informative staff offer guided tours as well.

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Some of the fun things offered at Green Meadows Petting Farm include:

  • Learning about and petting pigs, goats, donkeys, horses and more
  • Milking a cow
  • Pony rides
  • Hayrides
  • Playing with kittens
  • Multiple playgrounds and play areas
  • Free pumpkin from the pumpkin patch in the Fall

Dates and times vary per season. The farm was open from 10am to 4pm the day that we visited. We arrived around 10:30am and left at 4pm and while we did most of the things there were to do we didn’t have time to do everything.

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Now let’s talk prices. General admission will run you $13.75 per person, seniors are $11.75 per person and children one and under are free. With your general admission ticket you get admission to the farm, a ticket for a pony ride and a seat on the hayride. We had found a Groupon for this visit so we paid $17.00 for two people and Jack was free. While we had a great time I am not sure that I could pay $55.00 for a family of four to visit, especially if I had to buy lunch for everyone on top of it. But by having the Groupon and bringing our own lunch I found it to be a really good value.

The kids had such a good time. We visited while Dad was at work and we will definitely be going back and bringing Dad along. The kids really enjoyed the playgrounds and play areas. The pony rides and the hayride were also BIG hits. There were a ton of cars in the parking lot but with all the space and the sheer number of things to do it never felt crowded.

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With a three-year-old we spent a fair amount of time in the bathroom and found them to be very clean and well taken care of.

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We didn’t even get to the animal areas before lunch so that became the priority after lunch. These were the biggest hit of the day. The fact that the kids could get right in the pens with the animals and pet them, feed them and brush them was so fun for them. The pens were very clean and there were hand sanitizer stations outside every pen which made me VERY happy!

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Being able to milk an actual cow was another highlight of the day. She was a very friendly cow and it was a great experience for the kids.

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We packed lunches and really enjoyed the nice, clean, spacious picnic area. There is a wonderful playground right next to the picnic area which was the perfect place to let Soph expend some energy where I could see her but still sit with Jack while he finished his lunch.

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Overall, we really enjoyed our day at Green Meadows Petting Farm. If you ever find yourself in the area and can find a Groupon please stop by and say hi to the animals for us.

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Have you ever been to a petting zoo? What fun things are you doing in your community this summer? Let me know in the comments below or find me over on Facebook or Twitter!

Until next time!

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Planning for the Future While Having Fun at the Fair

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This past week the fair was in town so we decided to pack up the kids and head out for a while this past weekend.

We have our first BIG  family vacation coming up next year and we have been attempting to plant the seeds needed for a great vacation in the months leading up to it. We are visiting Walt Disney World next year and while my husband and I have been many times we have waited to take Soph and Jack.

We have been very deliberate in planning when we want the kids to make their first trip and while I know my Type A planning won’t mean we will have a “perfect” vacation I want to mitigate as many problems ahead of time as I can!

Walt Disney World is very much sensory overload for little ones. There is so much noise, lots of people and tons to look at and experience. Since we have a good chunk of time before our vacation we have tried to plan certain experiences to help prepare the kids for what is to come.

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My kids have a very set schedule as far as naps and bedtime are concerned and as a result if they don’t get their naps or to bed on time they become different kids almost instantly. With this in mind it is our plan to stay on our nap and sleep schedule during our trip, so this means heading out to the parks first thing in the morning then leaving in the middle of the day for naps and coming back in the evenings.
For the past few months we have tried to take the kids to places where they will encounter situations similar to what they will encounter at Disney. We have taken them to small amusement parks to see how they handle lines, rides, crowds and loud noises. The only problem we run into is not being able to just leave and take a nap in the middle of the day which usually results in a not so fun afternoon for everyone and an early exit. We are fortunate enough that the fair is held right in our hometown making it possible for us to test our theory that all would be right in the world if we broke up our day taking time to rest!

Spoiler Alert: it worked like a charm!

We usually wait until we are getting ready to go before we tell the kids what we are doing so we can avoid the “when are we leaving”, “are we there yet” questions for as long as possible. So shortly before we left for the fair we sat them down to talk to them about what we were going to do. Once the kids were in on the secret we explained how we expected the day was going to go and what we needed from  them. Before we left the house they knew we were going to check out the animals and exhibits in the morning then eat lunch (I mean it’s fair food, you have to eat it!) and head home for naps. After naps and only if they actually napped would we go back that evening and hit up some of the rides and games.

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Having the expectations laid out ahead of time made all the difference. We passed the rides as soon as we entered and there was no meltdown or asking to go on them. We had a great time in the morning petting all the animals and playing in the corn. Whoever came up with the idea of a sandbox full of corn was a genius!! My kids could spend hours in there if we would let them. After a few hours and some lunch we made for the car to head home. Much to my surprise we had no meltdowns and all was good.

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As soon as we got home they went right down for their naps and when they woke up we had a snack and made our way back out for the rides and games part of the day. Again we explained our expectations (rides first, then games) ahead of time. We had a great time on the rides and a ton of fun playing games. When we had done all we wanted to do we told the kids it was time to go and had zero problem getting them out without a fight and home to bed on time!

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This was the first time that we had a day like this out and about with zero problems and I am feeling more and more confident that if we stick to our regular schedule we will be able to avoid some of the meltdowns we are likely to come across on vacation. I will try this theory out a couple more times in the coming months but I think this will help everybody have a great time!

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Lessons this mom learned this week: Explain expectations ahead of time and make sure they understand what is expected of them and stick to a schedule!!

How do you prepare your kids for vacation? What fun things have you done this summer? Let me know in the comments below or find me over on Facebook or Twitter!

Until next time!

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