Farm life is closer than you think. So grab the chance to be a farmer for a day at Maplewood, a working farm operated by the North Van parks department, located only 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver on the North Shore.
This September, October and November, Maplewood Farm’s Behind the Scenes event offers kiddos an amazing, super fun opportunity to be a farmhand alongside Maplewood staff – collecting eggs, grooming horses and more.
Behind the Scenes takes place at 11am and 2pm on Sept. 25 and 29, Oct. 23 and 27, and Nov. 13 and 17.
Get a sneak peek at the fun and find out how to register after the jump.
Behind the Scenes at Maplewood is one step more interactive than your basic fall harvest festival or pumpkin patch. After meeting at Maplewood’s Big Red Barn, kids join a Maplewood farmer, enter the staff-only areas and get to work.
During the hour long session, they learn how to collect and wash eggs. They also groom Maplewood’s friendly Shetland ponies Sally and Minnie. Once these two girls are lookin’ good, the children prepare feed grain, tend the livestock barn and ready bedding for the pygmy goats and sheep.
At the end of the session, they’re welcome to stay and explore the rest of Maplewood, including the Rabbitat, which houses pure white New Zealand rabbits, or watch a milking demonstration (daily at 1:15pm). Pony rides are another popular Maplewood past time, and require advance booking.
Maplewood Farm is located at 405 Seymour River Place in North Vancouver. Behind the Scenes is $22.50, which includes the admission to the farm as well as the program itself for one adult and one child (intended for ages 3-10). To register, call 604-929-5610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Maplewood Farm members can participate for $11.50 per adult/child pair, with $7 for any additional child.
The tour is conducted rain or shine so participants must dress for the weather and wear closed toed shoes. Adults are welcome to follow along with the group while kids participate.