Springtime on the farm is special. As the sun shines bright on the farm house, thoughts of growing up on a dairy farm resonate within. The children are taken out of the mini-van and the sounds of youngsters running and squealing with excitement fill the air. As we head to the ticket window the kids are skipping with joy, pointing to the animal pens and ready to enjoy their adventure at Mulberry Lane Farms.
Our guide was Farmer Sara and we joined two daycare groups from Oshkosh—Helping Hands Family Daycare and Little Explorers. The first thing you’ll notice is how friendly the employees are and how tidy the farm is kept. The knowledge of the employees on the Farm and on the animals is a welcome surprise and not what I expected.
The first stop of the day was at the chicken pen. Not only did we learn about the hens and the roosters, but we got to touch them. The children were able to be in the pen walking around and experiencing the chickens running between their legs. My initial thought was to keep my children in the pen chasing the chickens to tire them out for the afternoon. Okay, maybe that wouldn’t work but it was a fun thought.
Our next experience was trying to pet a 9 day old duckling that kept trying to jump out of his basket. Our tour included rabbits, turkeys, sheep, goats, geese, pigs, kitties, dogs, cows and horses. Each child was allowed to touch the animals and hold some of them. They were encouraged to milk a cow, ride a pony, and feed the sheep. The newborn animals keep arriving each day and the children enjoyed seeing the baby animals.
Farmer Pat took us on a hay wagon ride with kids cheering and ooohing and aahhing as we went up and down the hills. Of course the kids wanted Farmer Pat to go faster but I think it was fast enough.
The children from the daycare groups and my children enjoyed the experience tremendously. It was a fabulous day and the adults enjoyed it as much as the children. Our tour concluded with the children each receiving a ride on a Shetland Pony around the fenced in area. My 19 month old had her first pony ride and I was so proud of her. She usually gets scared of the animals so I didn’t think she’d actually ride the horse but she did it. That night at home she kept saying neigh, neigh and I knew she was thinking about her experience. I would ask her what her favorite part of the day was and again she would reply with neigh, neigh.
The boys said the pigs and the horse rides, and the cats, and the cows, etc., etc., were their favorite animals on the farm. If you’re looking for an experience for the entire family to enjoy, this is a great place to visit.
What to Expect: Mulberry Farms is all about the hands on experience for the family. The guided tour takes about 2 hours and you will enjoy learning about the animals. The kids won’t be disappointed. They have hand washing stations and hand sanitizing stations for your convenience.
What to Bring: Mulberry Farms is an outdoor activity so wear comfortable shoes, put on sunscreen, and pack a picnic lunch. Mulberry Farms has picnic tables along the side of the barn or you can even eat in the haymow if you need to get out of the sun, rain, or wind. Definitely bring your camera. With so much close-up action you won’t want to miss those photo ops. If you have younger children consider bringing a stroller. The only hard part is that they will be getting in and out quite a bit but there is enough walking that warrants a stroller or wagon.
Other Notes: Mulberry Farms offers field trips for schools and groups, corporate events, and even Birthday parties for the young and young at heart. Mulberry Farms offers a fun gift shop in a portion of the barn and has soda, water, chips, cookies, hot dogs, hamburgers and other snacks if you work up an appetite.
Mulberry Lane Farms is located at W3190 County Rd B, Hilbert, Wisconsin. It is just 3 miles outside of Sherwood. An easy drive for anyone.