Come play with Angora rabbits Violet and Vanilla, Nubian goats Merlin, Maeve, Morgana, and Mordred, and our friendly flock of heritage chickens!
Befriend the Barnyard is a hands-on barnyard experience that lets you and your family approach our barnyard buddies under the guidance of a professional farm-based educator. Join us for a new activity every half hour. Activities might include:
Petting the Angora rabbits and carding wool
Collecting eggs from the chicken coop
Brushing the goats in their pasture
As part of Befriend the Barnyard, you can make and take home a different farm-themed craft every weekend.
This program is best suited for families with young children. Be sure to wear sneakers or other closed-toe shoes when you join us in the barnyard!
Please note: You must purchase a ticket to participate in this event intended to engage children and families. You are welcome to explore the Carriage Barn and view the animals from outside of their pens anytime during Carriage Barn Open Hours (noon-6pm on weekends and noon-2pm on weekdays).
No pre-registration is required. This program runs on Saturdays and Sundays from April through Novemeber from 1-4pm. The program is not running on the following dates: April 30, May 1, July 2 & 3, September 10, 11, 17, & 18, and October 29 & 30.
Please note: Participants will be asked to follow Covid-19 related guidelines, including wearing face coverings and maintaining social distance. If you are experiencing symptoms, please do not attend the event.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Program Refunds/Cancellations: In the event that a program is cancelled due to severe weather, low enrollment, or other circumstances, we will notify you as soon as possible by email and issue you a full refund within 14 days of the cancellation. If you cannot attend a program as planned, contact email@example.com at least 7 days prior to the start of the program to receive a full refund or transfer to another date/class. Refunds and/or class transfers will not be granted for registration cancellations placed fewer than 7 days before the start of the program. There are no refunds for missed classes. Appleton Farms reserves the right to change program locations, schedules, or instructors when necessary.
Directions to the Farm: On 1A South, the farm is about two miles south of downtown Ipswich. When you see Presbyterian Church on your right, it’s a little more than a quarter of a mile to the farm entrance, on your right. If you reach downtown Hamilton, you have gone too far. On 1A North, the farm is about four miles north of downtown Hamilton. When you see the Entering Ipswich sign on your left, it’s about a quarter of a mile to the farm entrance, on your left. If you reach downtown Ipswich, you have gone too far.
Where to park: Once you’ve turned off 1A and entered onto the Farm property, continue following the road and bear to the right at the fork, following signs for the Old House/Offices.