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 2020 Program Booklet 

Little Farmers 
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.

Fun on the Farm
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, pet a chicken, hug a bunny, and have lots more fun.

Farm Explorers 
Join Farmer Jayne for a hands-on farm adventure featuring animal care, barn chores, and baking. This drop-off program is designed for the independent 3 to 6-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.

Kelsey Creek Farm Story Time 
Come enjoy story time in a farm setting. Each story session will involve a different farm-related theme and include a visit with 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 not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Doors close when the program begins. 

  • Ages: 3-6 
  • Fees:  Free! 
  • Days/Hours:  Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
    • Jan 17  
    • Jan 31 
    • Feb 14  
    • Feb 28  
    • March 6  
    • April 3    
    • May 1  
    • May 15  
    • May 29  
    • June 12   

Fiber Fun at Kelsey Creek 
School is out, but the sheep are still busy at the farm.  Join Mrs. Kandi for a fun day of fiber arts. We will visit the sheep, learn the process of making yarn, and felt a project with wool from the farm sheep. Please bring your lunch and wear close-toed shoes. 

  • Ages: 5-7 
  • Fees: $50/resident and $60/non- resident 
  • Day/Hours:  Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Date:  Jan 20, register for course 2000317  

Painting with Chickens 
Create a painting with a chicken! 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. The nontoxic children's finger paint is washable, but wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Adult/child teams only. A team is one child and one adult. 

Kids Can Cook Cinnamon Rolls 
Join Mrs. Kandi in the Farmhouse and learn the process of making cinnamon rolls from scratch. Each child will bring home a pan of cinnamon rolls and the recipe. Please bring your lunch and wear close toed shoes. 

Cocoa and Canvas 
Join your child for a fun afternoon on the farm! You and your child will each create a farm-themed painting to take home with you. Cocoa, cookies, and all art supplies will be provided. Painting will be inside the heated barn but come dressed to get messy. Each registration fee includes one child and one adult. 

Kids Can Cook Pasta 
Join Mrs. Kandi in the Farmhouse, and we will learn to make pasta using three different methods with only two ingredients. We will make fresh butter to top the pasta. Each child will bring home the recipe, fresh pasta to cook, and compound butter. Please bring your lunch and wear close toed-shoes. 

  • Ages: 5–11 
  • Fees:  $50/resident and $60/non-resident 
  • Date/Time

Private Horseback Riding Lessons 
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. 

Winter on the Farm 
Adult and child will team up to find out how the farm animals at Kelsey Creek survive the chilly winter months. Meet some of our fluffy and furry friends, then come in and warm up as we continue our fun activities in the historic barn.  Adult/child teams only. A team is one child and one adult. 

  • Ages: 4 to 8 
  • Fees:  $25/resident and $30/non-resident 
  • Date/Time:  Saturday, Jan 18, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Register for course 2000335

Valentine Fun 
Adult and child will team up to create beautiful Valentine cards, share their love with a farm animal and participate in some fun holiday activities. Adult/child teams only. A team is one child and one adult. 

  • Ages: 4 to 8 
  • Fees:  $25/resident and $30/non-resident 
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Feb 8, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 pm 
  • Register for course 2000337

Cowabunga with Cows 
Moooove on over to the farm for an afternoon with our adorable cows! Your child will meet our cows, prepare their stall for the night, and learn all about cows. Adult/child teams only. A team is one child and one adult. 

  • Ages: 4 to 8 
  • Fees:  $25/resident and $30/non-resident 
  • Date/Time:  Saturday, Feb 22, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Register for course 2000391

St. Patrick’s Day 
Adult and child team up to create holiday crafts, get up close with a farm animal and hunt for a pot of gold in the barnyard. Adult/child teams only. A team is one child and one adult. 

  • Ages: 4 to 8 
  • Fees:  $25/resident and $30/non-resident 
  • Date/Time:  Saturday, March 14, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Register for course 2000360

Hop Into Spring 
Bunnies love spring because it means it is time to plant carrots! 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. 

  • Ages: 4 to 8 
  • Fees:  $30/resident and $35/non-resident 
  • Date/Time: Saturday, March 28, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Register for course 2000363

Spring Egg-stravaganza 
Come to Kelsey Creek for a fun morning on the farm with our lovable farm animals and learn all about eggs. Collect eggs from our chicken coops and compare chicken, duck, and goose eggs. You will also pet a bunny, pet a chicken, and go on an egg hunt! Adult/child teams only. A team is one child and one adult. 

  • Ages: 4 to 8 
  • Fees:  $25/resident and $30/non-resident 
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 11, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Register for course 2000368 

What is Woolly, Wiggly, and Snuggly All Over? 
A sheep! Come to the farm to meet our sheep and find out what it takes to be a shepherd. Help us clean the sheep stall, feed out hay, and pet a sheep! Each child will do a craft with wool from one of our sheep. Come dressed for the weather. Adult/child teams only. A team is one child and one adult. 

  • Ages: 4 to 8 
  • Fees:  $25/resident and $30/non-resident 
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 18, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Register for course 2000371

Pioneer Life on the Farm 
Experience pioneer life in our historic log cabin. Children will try their hand at pioneer chores, learn about historic farming at Kelsey Creek Farm, and go on a pony ride! We will learn how horses were an essential part of pioneer farm life and what it takes to care for animals. 

  • Ages: 4 to 8 
  • Fees:  $30/resident and $35/non-resident 
  • Date/Time:  Saturday, May 2, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Register for course 2000390

Mother’s Day at Kelsey Creek Farm 
Celebrate Mother’s Day with your child in the company of our friendly farm animals. You and your child will pet a bunny, explore the log cabin, and prepare a special Mother’s Day surprise. 

  • Ages: 4 to 8 
  • Fees:  $25/resident and $30/non-resident 
  • Date/Time:  Sunday, May 10, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Register for course 2001062 

Spring Has Sprung 
Spring on the farm is always busy and exciting with plants growing, babies arriving and the weather warming up. Adult/child teams will spend time together working on craft projects, meeting a farm animal, and taking a pony ride. 

  • Ages: 4 to 8 
  • Fees:  $30/resident and $35/non-resident 
  • Date/Time:  Saturday, May 30, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Register for course 2000365 

Let’s Celebrate Ladybugs! 
Grab your adult and join Mrs. Kandi for a ladybug release to populate our farm gardens. Learn about ladybugs, read a ladybug story, create ladybug art, and take home your own ladybugs to live in your garden. 

  • Ages: 2 to 5 
  • Fees:  $30/resident and $36/non-resident 
  • Date/Time:  Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
  • Register for course 2000323

Father’s Day Fun at Kelsey Creek Farm 
Celebrate Father’s Day with the animals at the farm!  You and your child will feed treats to the pigs, take a sheep on a walk, and prepare a special Father’s Day surprise. Adult/child teams only. A team is one child and one adult. 

  • Ages: 4 to 8 
  • Fees:  $25/resident and $30/non-resident 
  • Date/Time:  Sunday, June 21, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Register for course 2001065

Make Pasta at the Farm 
Join Kandi in the Farmhouse as we learn to make pasta using three different methods with only two ingredients. Kandi will provide sauce options and recipes. You will leave with a pound of fresh pasta and the confidence to make it again at home. Adults only. 

  • Ages: 18 and older 
  • Fees:  $30/resident and $36/non-resident 
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jan 24, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
  • Register for course 2000318

Make Soup and Bread at the Farm 
Join Kandi in the Farmhouse and learn three different soup recipes and one bread recipe. We will make beef stew, butternut squash bisque, and barley-mushroom soup and pair that with four-ingredient Dutch Oven Artisan Bread. Adults only. 

  • Ages: 18 and up 
  • Fees:  $30/resident and $36/non-resident 
  • Date/Time:  Friday, Feb 28, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   
  • Register for course 2003202

Introduction to Backyard Chickens 
If you're interested in keeping pet chickens, the staff at Kelsey Creek Farm can help you get started! We'll cover setting up a chicken coop, where to get chickens, what breeds to pick from, how to care for them at all stages of life, and much more. You'll also tour our chicken coops, see the kind of equipment you will need, and practice picking up and holding a chicken.  Pre-register to reserve your spot. Day-of registrations will be accepted as space allows. 

  • Ages: 12 and older 
  • Fees:  $20/resident and $25/non-resident 
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Feb 29, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Register for course 2000384

Make Mozzarella at the Farm 
Join Kandi in the Farmhouse and learn to make mozzarella cheese. You will leave with the recipe, know-how, and confidence to make the cheese at home and experiment with flavors. Adults only. 

  • Ages: 18 and up 
  • Fees:  $30/resident and $36/non-resident 
  • Date/Time: Friday, March 27, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
  • Register for course 2000542

Make Cinnamon Rolls at the Farm 
Join Kandi in the Farmhouse and learn the process of making cinnamon rolls from scratch. You will leave with a pan of cinnamon rolls, the recipe, and the confidence to make them at home. Adults only. 

  • Ages: 18 and up 
  • Fees:  $30/resident and $36/non-resident 
  • Date/Time:  Friday, May 1, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
  • Register for course 2000333

Historical Walking Tour 
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. 

Cartooniversity Camp 
This camp offers a unique opportunity for kids ages 9-14 of all skill levels to explore the art of cartooning with professional cartoonist and humorous illustrator Jeff Johnson. Multiple challenging projects and a positive, encouraging classroom environment make this one-of-a-kind cartooning camp fun and exciting! Areas of study include: expressions, character development, action/movement, layout, backgrounds, perspective, lettering and much more. The emphasis is on developing each student's own cartooning style. All materials provided. Bring a sack lunch and a water bottle each day. Please pick up your child promptly at 3:00 p.m. each day. 

  • Ages: 9 to 14 
  • Fees:  $265/resident and $313/non-resident 
  • Dates/Hours:  Feb 18 to 21 (Tuesday through Friday), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Register for course 2000125

The Great Kelsey Baking Camp 
Join Mrs. Kandi in the Farm House for the Great Kelsey Baking Camp. We will bake and decorate cookies, cupcakes, bread, pie, and a small cake. Experience royal frosting, fondant, buttercream, and put them together to make a masterpiece. Please bring your lunch and an apron to camp. 

  • Ages: 7 to 11 
  • Fees:  $250/resident and $300/non-resident 
  • Dates/Hours:  Feb 17 to 21 (Monday to Friday), 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Register for course 2000315

Little Farmers School Break Camp 
Children will be actively engaged with the joys of farm life. Learn about Kelsey Creek Farm's animal friends, work in the barn with rakes and pails, and mix up treats for the animals. We'll create art, bake snacks, and play games too. 

 

Sheep Shearing Special Event 
Watch the sheep being shorn of their winter coats. Enjoy wool spinning demonstrations, children’s crafts, tractor-pulled wagon rides, pony rides, food, animal viewing areas and more. Free shuttle service is available at Wilburton Park & Ride and Bannerwood Sports Park.  Please note: no pets are allowed on shuttle bus or in the barnyard areas. 

  • Ages: All ages 
  • Fees:  No entrance fee.  Costs vary for food and activities.
  • Date/Hours:  Saturday, April 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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 www.eastsideheritagecenter.org

  • Ages: All ages 
  • Fees:  Free! 
  • Days/Hours:  Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Dates: 
    • April 25 
    • May 16 
    • June 20 
    • July 18 
    • August 15 
    • Sept 19 
    • Oct 3

After School Volunteers 
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. Maximum of one day per week sign-up per participant. All volunteers will be required to complete a Criminal Background check and provide their Social Security number. 

Adult Volunteers 
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 
Earn community service hours. Assist with children's activities and other event tasks at our annual sheep shearing event. 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. If you have questions, please contact kelseycreekfarm@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-7688. 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, which must be submitted by April 21, 2020. 

Holiday Farm Tour: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
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 that 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. 

Holiday Farm Tour: President’s Day 
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 that 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. 

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 that 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. 

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.