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.

Winter-Spring 2019 Programs

May-August 2019 Programs

FUN ON THE FARM (ages 2-5)
Join Mrs. Kandi for a fun time as an adult/child team. Each week we will have a different theme enhanced with sensory activities based on a farm topic or animal. We will cook, play, create, walk on the farm, ride a pony, pet a chicken, hug a bunny, and have lots of fun!

TAG-A-LONG TOUR (ages 3-5)
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. Help us prepare the animals' meals, make sure they have fresh water, and clean their stalls. After all that hard work, we'll reward ourselves with a farm-themed snack! Adult/child teams only. A team is one child and one adult.

STORY TIME (ages 3-6)
Come enjoy story time in a farm setting. Each story session will involve a different farm animal-related theme and include a visit by one of our resident farm animals. The stories will come alive for your child 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.

  • Ages: 3-6
  • Fee: Free!
  • Days/Hours: Fridays, 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    • May 1
    • May 17
    • June 14

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.

MOM AND ME PLAY PIGS AND PONIES (ages 4-8)
Join us with your child for a fun Mother's Day activity at Kelsey Creek Farm. Each child will get to feed a pig, go on a pony ride, and make a farm-themed craft to take home. Your child will also help us prepare a fun Mother's Day surprise! Adult/child teams only. A team is one child and one adult.

FRASER CABIN HERITAGE PROGRAM (all ages welcome)
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.

  • Ages: All ages welcome; family event
  • Fees: Free!
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Days: Saturdays
    • May 18
    • June 15
    • July 20
    • August 17
  • More information - Eastside Heritage Center

HOLIDAY FARM TOUR: MEMORIAL DAY (ages 2+)
If you've always wanted a tour of the farm to meet our resident farm animals, this is your opportunity! You will get to meet our ponies, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens and rabbits, and even pet some of them - all while discovering what it takes to be a farmer. Each person who attends the tour must register and pay. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-register to guarantee your spot. Day-of-registration will be accepted as space allows. Cost is per person.

  • Ages: 2 years and older
  • Fees: $8/resident and $10/non-resident, per person
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to noon
  • Date: Monday, May 27
  • Register for course 1902118

HOP INTO SPRING (ages 3-6)
Bunnies love Spring because the carrots are growing everywhere! Your child will get to meet our adorable bunnies, go on a pony ride, do a bunny-themed craft, and find out what's growing in the garden. Adult/child teams only. A team is one child and one adult.

EVENING SUMMER FARM TOURS (ages 2+)
Come spend a warm summer evening learning about Kelsey Creek Farm and meeting our resident animals. Visit with our ponies, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens and rabbits, all while discovering what it takes to be a farmer. Each person who attends the tour must register and pay. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-register to guarantee your spot. Day-of registration will be accepted as space allows. Cost is per person.

BATS AT TWILIGHT (ages 12-120)
Discover bats and the important role they play in Bellevue's ecology. Bats Northwest will teach us about bats that live in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. After dusk, we will scan the evening skies to see the bats that live at Kelsey Creek Park. We'll use a bat detector to see and hear the resident bats at work. This program is appropriate for teenagers and adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

NOTE: Pre-registration is required for all camps listed below.

KELSEY CREEK (ages 4-6) & KID'S CONNECTION (ages 7-10) DAY CAMPS
Explore the farm, play active outdoor games, create crafts and make new friends. Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting.

Please note that Kelsey Creek and Kid's Connection day camps occur at the same time, but at different places at Kelsey Creek. They are two separate camps.

  • Ages:
    4-6 (Kelsey Creek Day Camp)
    7-10 (Kid's Connection Day Camp)
  • Fees: $190/resident and $228/non-resident
  • Days/Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Extended Care Available: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    • Fees: $75/resident and $90/non-resident
    • Adjusted Fees for July 1-3: $45/resident and $54/non-resident

OUT ON THE FARM (ages 4-6 and 7-10)
Gather eggs, get up close with the rabbits, and learn what it takes to care for the smaller animals on the Farm. End the week with an old-fashioned tractor-pulled wagon ride and a Western-style picnic in the park.

COUNTRY FAIR (ages 4-6 and 7-10)
Join us at the Kelsey Creek Country Fair. Enter a pie-making contest with your team and earn a blue ribbon. Visit the farm animals and enjoy lots of old-fashioned country fair games.

FARM SCIENCE (ages 4-6 and 7-10)
How far can an egg fall without breaking? Mix up some magic milk and watch a bean grow. This week will be filled with farm-style experiments, outdoor games and activities. Campers will participate in a hands-on discovery workshop provided by a special guest from Mad Science.

YOUNG FARMERS
Open the barn door and get to know some of the larger animals at the Farm. Help with barn chores, go on a goat walk and make a tasty treat for the pig. End the week with an old-fashioned tractor-pulled wagon ride and a Western-style picnic in the park.

SPORTS AND GAMES FOR ALL (ages 4-6 and 7-10)
Run relays, challenge yourself through an obstacle course and participate in a variety of active sports and games. Join us as we celebrate the week with camp Olympics, complete with inflatable fun.

AROUND THE WORLD (ages 4-6 and 7-10)
Jump aboard the Kelsey Creek Express and travel with us as we explore diverse cultures around the world. Learn new games and crafts from other countries. This week will include an interactive and educational presentation by the "Parrot Lady" and her talented trick birds.

WILDLIFE BEYOND THE BACKYARD (ages 4-6 and 7-10)
Did you know that owls, blue herons, beavers and bobcats all call Kelsey Creek Farm Park their home? Create your own pair of binoculars and explore nearby wetlands, forest and creek-side in search of wildlife. This week will include a guest speaker from Geo Adventures. Learn how to test fossils or minerals with the same tools as a professional geologist.

STAY COOL (ages 4-6 and 7-10)
Learn how the Kelsey Creek Farm animals stay cool on those long hot days of summer. Fill water troughs, make frozen treats for the rabbits, and watch the pig play in the mud. We will venture to Robinswood to join their camp in a fun water carnival complete with an inflatable waterslide. Get ready, because we're going to get wet!

ROBINSWOOD DAY CAMP (ages 4-7)
The camps listed below offer active play, imagination and creativity in a safe and caring environment and a small group setting. Trained and competent staff will bring a variety of new and different activities each week.

  • Ages: 4-7
  • Location: Robinswood Park
  • Days/Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Fees: $190/resident and $228/non-resident
    • Adjusted fees for July 1-3: $114/resident and $137/non-resident
  • Extended care available: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Fees: $64/resident and $77/non-resident
    • Adjusted fees for July 1-3: $38/resident and $46/non-resident

ANIMAL KINGDOM
Discover the wonders of animals. Campers will learn how to care for pets, as well as explore the world of creatures large and small. This week will include a field trip to the Woodland Park Zoo.

CELEBRATE THE USA
It's time for some old-fashioned summer fun, Red, White and Blue style. Join us for a picnic in the park, learn fun facts about the USA, and participate in relays, games and a pie contest.

WONDERS OF SCIENCE
Mix up icky, sticky, silly experiments as we discover the world of science. This week, campers will participate in a hands-on discovery workshop provided by a special guest from "Mad Science."

SALTY SEAS
This week will include a field trip to a local beach where campers may create sand castles, sift through the sand, and cool off in the water. Use sea shells to create an underwater scene and participate in some fishy activities.

GET OUTSIDE, GET ACTIVE
Join us for this fun-filled week, packed with great games, sports and nonstop action! Kids will run relays and challenge themselves through an obstacle course. This will include a field trip to Kelsey Creek Farm for camp-wide Olympics.

WORLD TRAVELER
Jump aboard the Robinswood Express and travel with us as we explore diverse cultures around the world. This week will include an interactive and educational presentation by the "Parrot Lady" and her talented trick birds. Top the week off with a fiesta, complete with a piñata for all to enjoy.

OUT AND ABOUT IN NATURE
Take a hike and explore the park for unique plants, bugs and animals. Design your own binoculars to use when we go bug hunting. See how many different tiny creatures you can find. Explore the outdoors with a special visit from Geo Adventures. Learn how to test fossils or minerals with the same tools as a professional geologist.

LET'S GET WET
Create your own sea creatures and get wet all week long. Enjoy a water carnival with the Kelsey Creek Farm campers, complete with an inflatable waterslide and lots of splishing and splashing.

ANIMAL FRIENDS
Learn about farm animals as well as how to care for pets at home. Hop on the yellow school bus and head over to Kelsey Creek Farm, where campers will take part in a farm chore and a tractor-pulled wagon ride.

GO GO WITH VAN GOGH ART CAMP (ages 6-11)
Have fun with fine arts on the farm, inspired by the Kelsey Creek Farm environment. Your elementary-aged child will celebrate individual creative expressions through exploration of multiple media. Paint with colorful acrylics, sketch on the farm, develop watercolor style with color theory exploration, sculpt with modeling clay, create collages, and use oil pastels. Dress for creative mess, and bring your playful imagination. Instructor Diane Culhane is a renowned artist in the Pacific Northwest with extensive teaching experience and a Master's Degree in Art Education. Her work is represented in galleries and shows across the country.

CARTOONIVERSITY DAY CAMP (ages 9-14)
This camp is a unique opportunity for kids of all skill levels to explore the art of cartooning with professional cartoonist, Jeff Johnson, in an encouraging, positive classroom environment. A series of fun, challenging projects will showcase multiple areas of study including faces, bodies, character development, layout, perspective, and lettering. The emphasis is on developing each student's own style. All materials provided. Come join the fun at Kelsey Creek Farm!

LITTLE FARMERS DAY CAMP (ages 4-6)
Explore our farm full of animals with Farmer Jayne. We'll meet a different animal each day and "work" on barn chores, feeding and petting. Add in "play" with crafts and child-made snacks for a busy week. This special half-day camp will have your child loving our chickens, goats, cows, pigs and rabbits. Farmer Jayne combines 25 years of early childhood education experience with her knowledge of animals to actively engage children in the joys of farm life.

LOG CABIN ON THE FARM DAY CAMP (ages 4-6)
Join Farmer Jayne at Kelsey Creek Farm and pretend it's pioneer times, just like Laura and Mary in the Little House books. We'll learn how life was different without electricity and modern conveniences in our log cabin, built in 1888. Grind wheat, churn butter, wash clothes by hand, hammer nails, pump water, and play dress-up. Add in crafts and games to create special memories of a life long ago. Farmer Jayne combines 25 years of early childhood education experience with her knowledge of animals to actively engage children in the joys of farm life.

  • Ages: 4-6
  • Fees: $155/resident and $186/non-resident
  • Location: Kelsey Creek Farm
  • Days/Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Dates: June 24-28
  • Register for course 1916321

CRAZY KITCHEN SCIENCE DAY CAMP (ages 5-11)
Join Mrs. Kandi in the Kelsey Creek Farm House for a week of Crazy Kitchen Science. We will teach kids several recipes that use different cooking skills to transform ingredients into a yummy finished product that you will take home each day. Each scientist will receive an apron to use on Day 1 and take home at the end of camp. Please bring your lunch to camp. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate food allergies.

PONY DAY CAMP (ages 5-6)
Experience a full week packed with pony activities at Kelsey Creek Farm. Assist in grooming, saddling, care and feeding. This week's camp will include: pony rides, equine craft projects, and games. End the week with a tractor-pulled wagon ride and Western-style cookout. Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting.

  • Ages: 5-6
  • Location: Kelsey Creek Farm
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Dates:

INTRODUCTION TO BASIC HORSEMANSHIP CAMP (ages 5-6)
Students will learn riding skills such as balance, ground skills and independent seat, and enjoy creating crafts and playing games. Children need to be aware of their equine to have honest communication between themselves and their animal. If you listen to the animal, he'll be more willing to listen to you. If you are both listening to each other, your ride will be much more harmonious. All participants need to be able to maintain balance, follow directions and listen attentively.

SUMMER FARM VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers will help with the animal chores, participate in special projects and learn responsible animal care in this week-long program at Kelsey Creek Farm. Qualifications include: understanding and following directions, ability to be on your feet for a physically active day, tolerance for being outside, and working in a farm environment near animals, hay, vegetation and dust. Volunteers are required to start on Monday, complete a Criminal Background Check and provide their Social Security number. Limit 1 (ONE) session per participant for either the Farm, Art, Equine, Little Farmers/Log Cabin Day Camp or Counselor in Training summer volunteer programs.

KELSEY CREEK SUMMER ART VOLUNTEERS (ages 14-18)
You will assist the Go Go Van Gogh Art Camp instructor and children ages 6-11 with daily classroom activities. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist staff with daily activities for campers
  • Provide attentive supervision during assigned activities
  • Establish relationships with campers based on genuine interest and mutual respect
  • Provide a positive role model for campers by exhibiting an upbeat, cooperative, and friendly attitude at all times
  • Help campers learn and follow rules to ensure a safe and healthy environment

Volunteers must be punctual and organized, follow directions, and must have excellent verbal communication skills. Volunteers are required to start on Monday, complete a Criminal Background Check, and provide their Social Security number. Limit 1 (ONE) session per participant for either the Farm, Art, Equine, Little Farmers/Log Cabin Day Camp or Counselor in Training summer volunteer programs.

LITTLE FARMERS CAMP VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers will work with children as they explore farm life, do farm chores, play games, and do crafts at Kelsey Creek Farm. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist staff with daily activities for campers
  • Provide attentive supervision during assigned activities
  • Establish relationships with campers based on genuine interest and mutual respect
  • Provide a positive role model for campers by exhibiting an upbeat, cooperative, and friendly attitude at all times
  • Help campers learn and follow rules to ensure a safe and healthy environment

Volunteers must be punctual and organized, follow directions, and have excellent verbal communications skills. Volunteers are required to start on Monday, complete a Criminal Background Check, and provide their Social Security number. Limit 1 (ONE) session per participant for either the Farm, Art, Equine, Little Farmers/Log Cabin Days Camps or Counselor in Training summer volunteer programs.

EQUINE VOLUNTEERS (ages 14+)
Work directly with staff and camp participants in the equine programs at Kelsey Creek Farm. Qualifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Comfortable working with horses and children
  • Understanding and following directions
  • Ability to be on your feet for a physically active day
  • Tolerance for being outside and working in a farm environment near animals, hay, vegetation, and dust

Volunteers will be required to attend one of the mandatory trainings and must pass a skills test in order to qualify to volunteer for the session for which they register. Training is Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or Thursday and Friday, June 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are required to start on Monday, complete a Criminal Background Check, and provide their Social Security number. Limit 1 (ONE) session per participant for either the Farm, Art, Equine, Little Farmers/Log Cabin Day Camp or Counselor in Training volunteer programs.

KELSEY CREEK COUNSELOR IN TRAINING VOLUNTEER
"Counselor in Training" will assist Day Camp staff with children in this program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist staff with daily activities for campers
  • Provide attentive supervision during assigned activities,
  • Establish relationships with campers based on genuine interest and mutual respect
  • Provide a positive role model for campers by exhibiting an upbeat, cooperative, and friendly attitude at all times
  • Help campers learn and follow rules to ensure a safe and healthy environment.

Volunteers must be punctual and organized, able to follow directions and demonstrate excellent verbal communication skills. Volunteers are required to start on Monday, complete a Criminal Background Check, and provide their Social security number. Limit 1 (ONE) session per participant for either the Farm, Art, Equine, Little Farmer/Log Cabin Day Camp or Counselor in Training summer volunteer programs.

ROBINSWOOD COUNSELOR IN TRAINING VOLUNTEER
"Counselor in Training" will assist Day Camp staff with children in this program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assistant staff with daily activities for campers
  • Provide attentive supervision during assigned activities
  • Establish relationships with campers based on genuine interest and mutual respect
  • Provide a positive role model for campers by exhibiting an upbeat, cooperative, and friendly attitude at all times
  • Help campers learn and follow rules to ensure a safe and healthy environment

Volunteers must be punctual and organized, able to follow directions and demonstrate excellent verbal communication skills. Volunteers are required to start on Monday, complete a Criminal Background Check, and provide their Social security number. Limit 1 (ONE) session per participant for either the Farm, Art, Equine, Little Farmer/Log Cabin Day Camp or Counselor in Training summer volunteer programs.