Programs at Kelsey Creek Farm

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Kelsey Creek Farm's barnyard and surrounding areas, playground and picnic shelter are closed. Most walking trails are still open.

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. 

Fraser Cabin Heritage Program 
Presented by the Eastside Heritage Center in partnership with Bellevue Parks & Community Services, the Fraser Cabin, built in 1888, comes to life with hands-on activities that relate to 1880s settler life. For more information, contact the Eastside Heritage Center at 425-450-1049, or visit https://www.eastsideheritagecenter.org/.

  • Ages: All ages
  • Fees: Free! 
  • Days/Hours: Saturdays, 11 a.m. 3 p.m.

Family and Friends Tour 
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. This program is designed for children 2-6, but all ages are welcome. 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 on site will be accepted as space allows. Cost is per person.

  • Ages: 2+ 
  • Fees: $8/resident and $10/non-resident  
  • Days/Hours: Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

 

Bats at Twilight 
Discover bats and the important role they play in Bellevue's ecology. Bats Northwest will teach us about the 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 and use a bat detector to see and hear the resident bats at work. Appropriate for teenagers and adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Kelsey Creek Day Camp & Kid’s Connection Day Camps 

The following camps are tentative, based on our ability to provide a safe atmosphere for your children and our staff.  

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.

  • Ages: 7-10 (Kid’s Connection Day Camp)
  • Days/Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Fees: $210/resident and $252/non-resident
         *Adjusted fees for June 29 – July 2:  $168/resident and $202/non-resident 

Splish, Splash 
Get ready to get wet!  Play sharks & minnows, run through the sprinklers and participate in wacky water relays.  We will venture to Robinswood Park to join in at the annual water carnival, complete with an inflatable waterslide. 

Nuts about Nature 
Stay cool under the shade of the trees as we hike the Kelsey trails, discover local wildlife and create some nature-themed crafts.  Campers will learn fun facts about rocks and minerals from  a specialist with Geo Adventures.

Young Farmers 
Gather eggs, get up close with the rabbits and learn what it takes to care for the smaller animals on the Farm. Create a squeakin’ squawkin chicken craft and celebrate the warm summer days with an old-fashioned picnic in the park.

Robinswood Day Camps

Your child will enjoy active play, imagination and creativity in a safe and caring environment, with our trained and competent staff in a small group setting.  Each week will bring a variety of new and different activities.

  • Location: Robinswood Park
  • Ages: 6-7
  • Days/Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • Fees: $210/resident and $252/non-resident 

Wonderful Water!  
Turn on the hose, grab a towel and celebrate the long hot summer daze.  Get ready to get WET!  Enjoy a water carnival with the Kelsey Creek Farm campers, complete with an inflatable waterslide.

A Walk in the Woods 
Explore the wild world of bugs and other creatures that call Robinswood Park their home.  Go on a scavenger hunt in search of hidden treasures.  Campers will enjoy a special visit from Geo Adventures.  Learn how to test fossils or minerals with the same tools as a professional geologist.

Tropical Explosion 
Catch a wave and spend a week in a tropical paradise. Use sand and sea shells to create beachy scenes, play some island games and learn about undersea creatures.  This week will include a field trip to a local beach where campers can create sandcastles and cool off in the water

Farm Friends 
Focus on a different farm animal each day.  Take a trip to Kelsey Creek Farm, help with barn chores and get up close with the animals. End the week with an old-fashioned summer picnic in the park. 

Summer 2020 - No volunteer programs before the week of July 27. 

Kelsey Creek Summer Volunteers 
Volunteers will help with the animal chores, learn responsible animal care and assist in summer programs 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, responsible around children, 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) volunteer session per participant per summer.

 

Farm Tours for Schools and Groups (listed below)
Experience Kelsey Creek Farm with a tour designed specifically for groups. Tours are available on weekdays and are approximately one hour long. To schedule your tour, contact Kelsey Creek Farm at KelseyCreekFarm@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-7688. 

  • Ages: Most tours are appropriate for children ages 2 years and older. 
  • Fees: $90 for 15 or fewer people (children and adults). Additional attendees: $6/child and $2.50/adult. Staff are free. 

Kids on the Farm Group Tour 
Available Jan-April 
Explore our farm with hands-on fun as you meet our goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens and ponies. Learn interesting animal facts, then move inside to experience the old-fashioned skill of wool carding. Children create fuzzy sheep to take home.

Springtime in the Barnyard Group Tour 
Available May only
Welcome springtime in the barnyard with a hands-on tour amongst our favorite animals. Oink like a pig, befriend a goat, feed a cow, admire a chicken, plus more. Learn about their care, then get dirty in the garden planting pumpkin seeds.

Fall at the Farm Group Tour 
Available October only 
Experience harvest season in a traditional way. Visit a pony and pig. Work on barn “chores” with child-sized pails and rakes. Tour the garden and pumpkin patch. Children finish up by choosing a pumpkin from our harvest-themed indoor pumpkin patch! Extra fee for pumpkins.

Pioneer Days Group Tour 
Available November only 
Imagine life in the 1880’s in our authentic log cabin. Children participate in activity stations learning to grind wheat and coffee, churn butter, hammer nails, pump water, play dress up, and engage in more living history skills. Storytelling about pioneer life with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books helps children compare their life based on electricity and modern conveniences with the lives of Laura and Mary.