Programs at Kelsey Creek Farm

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The farm's programs emphasize its uniqueness, with children's recreational programs, seasonal camps, pony care and farm experience classes, farm-themed tours, and many volunteer opportunities.

Fall 2019 Program Booklet 

Fun on the Farm (ages 2-5)
Join Mrs. Kandi for a fun time as an adult/child team. Hug a bunny, pet a chicken, scratch the sheep!  Each week we will have a different theme enhanced with sensory activities based on a farm topic or animal. We will cook, play, create, work and walk on the farm, as well as visit the animals. 

Story Time (ages 3-6)
Come enjoy story time in a farm setting. Each story session will involve a different farm-related theme and include a visit by one of our resident farm animals. The stories will come alive for your children as they see the featured animal characters from the stories in real life. Pre-registration is not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Doors close when the program begins.

Tag-A-Long Tour 
Rise and shine! Adult and child teams will get a sneak peek at Kelsey Creek Farm life as they help the farmers with their morning chores. You and your little farmer will meet animals both big and small, feed some of them, and learn how to clean their stalls as we get ready for a new day on the farm.  After all that hard work, we'll reward ourselves with a farm-themed snack and story! Adult/child teams only. A team is one child and one adult.

Kelsey Creek Farm School (ages 8-11) 
Come to Kelsey Creek Farm to learn about farm animals, fiber arts, and local agricultural history. Children will learn about chickens and eggs, how cows digest grass, and how to do barn chores. We will take the goats on a walk, make treats for the pigs, and play outside. Each class will include hands-on activities, time with our farm animals, and a craft to take home. 

  • Ages:  8-11 
  • Fees:  $125/resident and $150/non-resident 
  • Days/Hours:  Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Dates:  Oct 2 to Oct 30
  • Register for course 1931341 

Little Farmers (ages 2-3) 
Join Farmer Jayne in a special hands-on opportunity to experience farm life with your toddler. Children team up with a parent/adult to actively participate in animal care, barn chores, and baking. Curriculum is integrated with seasonal themes, arts and crafts, stories and games. One adult per child. Additional adult, $10 per session, Drop-in extra adult, $5. Siblings under two are welcome in front or back packs. 

Farm Explorers (ages 3-5) 
Join Farmer Jayne for a hands-on farm adventure featuring animal care, barn chores, a pony ride, and baking.  This drop-off program is designed for the independent 3 to 5-year-old.  Curriculum is integrated with seasonal themes, arts and crafts, stories and games.  Children must be potty trained.  Bring a lunch/drink.  Snack will be provided. 

  • Ages:  3-5 
  • Hours:  10 a.m. to noon 
  • Two-Class Session: 
  • Four-Class Session (includes a pony ride): 

Private Horseback Riding Lessons (ages 4-6)
Kelsey Creek Farm's private riding lessons allow your child to work one-on-one with our riding instructor to deepen your child's understanding of horsemanship and develop foundational riding skills. Each one-hour lesson includes brushing and saddling your pony, groundwork and riding time. Skills taught include mounting, steering, backing, proper balance and posting at the trot.

 

Historical Walking Tour (ages 12 and older) 

Learn about the history of Kelsey Creek Farm during this one-hour walking tour of the park. In the 1920s and 1930s, this land was a working dairy farm that housed thirty cows and provided Bellevue residents with milk, cream, and butter. We'll put the story in the context of Bellevue's early development. We will tour inside both barns, visit some of the farm animals, and compare historic pictures of Twin Valley Dairy to the park as it is now. The program is designed for adults and teenagers.

Fall Farm Fun:  Sheep, Chickens, and Bunnies, Oh My! (ages 3-6)
Meet a sheep, feed a chicken, and pet a bunny!  Enjoy a fall morning on the farm in the company of our animals.  Activities include animal petting, crafts, and snack time with a story.  Come dressed for the weather.  Adult/child teams only. 

  • Ages:  3-6 
  • Fees:  $25/resident and $30/non-resident 
  • Hours:  10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
  • Date:  Saturday, Sept 21 
  • Register for course 1903128 

Painting with Chickens (ages 5-9) 
Create a painting in partnership with our chicken artists!  Children will work with a chicken to create a fun, colorful piece of artwork combining your child's creativity with the footprints of one of our resident chickens.  Children also get to pet the chicken artists and feed them some yummy treats.  All activities will be inside, but dress warmly because the barn is not heated.  The nontoxic children's finger paint is washable, but wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty. 

  • Ages:  5-9 
  • Fees:  $25/resident and $30/non-resident 
  • Hours:  11 a.m. to noon 
  • Date:  Saturday, Sept 28 
  • Register for course 1931291  

Fall Farm Fun:  Pigs and Pumpkins (ages 3-6) 
Pigs love pumpkins, and we think you will too!  Children get to make pumpkin treats, go on a scavenger hunt, do a craft, and learn all about pigs.  Each child will pick out a pumpkin to take home. Come dressed for the weather.  Adult/child teams only. 

  • Ages:  3-6 
  • Fees:  $25/resident and $30/non-resident 
  • Hours:  10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
  • Date:  Saturday, Oct 12 
  • Register for course 1903137 

Adventures in Pioneer Farming (ages 8-11) 
Enjoy a fall morning immersed in farm life.  Spend time with our animals and learn about pioneer farming in our historic log cabin that was built in 1888.  Activities will include learning how to grind wheat into flour, feeding lunch to the farm animals, and working with real wool from our sheep.  Children will have fun experiencing what life was like a hundred years ago. 

  • Ages:  8-11 
  • Fees:  $33/resident and $40/non-resident 
  • Hours:  10 a.m. to noon 
  • Date:  Saturday, Oct 19 
  • Register for course 1903138 

Grateful for Goats and Happy for Horses (ages 3-6) 
There's a lot to be thankful for at Kelsey Creek Farm!  Children will ride a pony, take our goats on a walk, and give treats to the animals for a job well done.  Then we'll come inside the barn for a craft and a story.  Come dressed for the weather.  Adult/child teams only. 

  • Ages:  3-6 
  • Fees:  $35/resident and $42/non-resident 
  • Hours:  10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
  • Date:  Saturday, Nov 2 
  • Register for course 1903139  

Fraser Cabin Heritage Program (all ages) 
The Fraser Cabin, built in 1888, comes to life with hands-on activities that relate to 1880s settler life.  This program is presented by the Eastside Heritage Center in partnership with Bellevue Parks & Community Services.  For more information, contact the Eastside Heritage Center at 425-450-1049 or visit www.eastsideheritagecenter.org 

After-School Volunteers (ages 12-18) 
Volunteers will assist Kelsey Creek Farm staff with farm chores and learn responsible animal care.  Volunteers will be working outside exposed to animals, hay, vegetation, and dust.  Participants must be capable of understanding and following directions.  Volunteers need to be able to attend the first two weeks of the program and no less than a total of five sessions.  All volunteers will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check and provide their Social Security number.  Maximum of one day per week sign-up per participant.  

Adult Volunteers (ages 18 and older) 
This is an opportunity to learn about livestock care and farm maintenance, as volunteers assist Kelsey Creek Farm staff with daily operations, animal chores, and learn responsible animal care.  Volunteers will be working outside, exposed to animals, hay, vegetation, and dust.  They will work independently and be physically active.  All volunteers will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check and provide their Social Security number. 

Special Event Volunteers (ages 14-18) 
Earn community service hours.  Assist with children's activities and other event tasks.  Volunteers need to be able to follow directions, be comfortable in crowds, and be on their feet in all types of weather.  Participants must register and be enrolled in high school at date of event.  No day-of-event registrations will be accepted.  All volunteers will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check and provide their Social Security number.  Questions:  email kelseycreekfarm@bellevuewa.gov or call 425-452-7688. 

Kelsey Creek Farm Fair 
Bring your family to the Farm and enjoy our Fall Festival!  Event will feature live entertainment, heritage demonstrations, pick-a-pumpkin (already gathered from the vine but in a farm pasture), and farm animals.  Free shuttle service from Wilburton Park & Ride and Bannerwood Sports Park.  Please note:  no pets are allowed on shuttle bus or in the barnyard areas. 

  • Ages:  All ages welcome; family event. 
  • Fees:  No entrance fees.  Costs vary for food and activities. 
  • Date/Hours:  Saturday, Oct 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • More information: 

Holiday Barn Lighting 
Join us for a special holiday barn lighting celebration at Kelsey Creek Farm!  Bring the whole family to meet a resident farm animal, enjoy hot cocoa, complete a holiday-themed craft, and visit with Santa.  Top off the evening of holiday cheer with the barn lighting and traditional holiday carols.  Bring a flashlight to help make your way back to the parking lot, as it will be dark at the end of the event.  Join us in making this holiday season memorable as we light up the farm, and enjoy this wonderful season of giving.  Pre-registration is required. 

  • Ages:  All ages welcome; family event. 
  • Fees:  No entrance fees. 
  • Date/Hours:  Saturday, Dec 7, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Register for course 1903247 
Holiday Farm Tour:  Labor Day 

Come visit our resident farm animals! Meet our ponies, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and rabbits, all while discovering what it takes to be a farmer. You will get to pet many of our animals and even feed some of them! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Each person that attends the tour must register and pay. Pre-register to guarantee your spot. Day-of registration will be accepted as space allows. 

Holiday Farm Tour:  Veterans' Day 
Come visit our resident farm animals! Meet our ponies, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and rabbits, all while discovering what it takes to be a farmer. You will get to pet many of our animals and even feed some of them! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Each person that attends the tour must register and pay. Pre-register to guarantee your spot. Day-of registration will be accepted as space allows.