People often make big fancy plans when organizing a family holiday. Parents want to see their kids at theme parks dressed as princesses, or racing down a waterslide on a swanky cruise ship, or perhaps soaking in the fun of an all-inclusive resort. All these things sound fabulous, but I’m currently at a family farm in Australia and if you have not done a farm stay before, consider putting it on your holiday wish list. You don’t have to go to Australia to do it – farms are everywhere, and it’s great for kids to see where their food comes from.
On top of the usual days filled with rounding up sheep, collecting eggs, and riding tractors, I’ve been surprised by the fun they can find by simply being outside at a farm.
Five strange things my kids have fun doing at the farm:
1. See how close you can get to a bird’s nest before the mama bird starts pecking at your head. I shut this activity down because I don’t like to stress out mama birds.
2. Lie on the ground and let dirty ol’ farm puppies lick you silly.
3. Yabbying. This is where they find a water dam, tie a piece of meat to the end of a piece of string, and lure the yabbies out with the meat. Then bring the yabbies home and eat them. True story. Oh, and a yabby is pretty much a crayfish. Gross, I know.
4. Wear a chicken like a hat, because why not?
5. Find a run-down old farmhouse; make up ridiculous stories about how it’s haunted, and then dare each other to go in it alone.
Remember: kids can have fun no matter where they go and we don’t always have to manufacture it for them. Give them a chance to figure out how to have some good ol’ fashioned fun outside and with each other.
Have you ever stayed at a farm? Was it your cuppa tea or did the smell of the pig pen put an end to any farming holiday future?