09 Mar April Vacation Children’s Adventures: Parents Take Note
ifarm is offering a program for families with children (ages four and up) this spring vacation, April 17-21. The April Vacation Drop-In Series has been designed by our education coordinator, Claire Hopkins, to excite and inspire the curiosity of our young participants. We will feature a different farm-based activity each day, including spending time with our draft horses and Shetland sheep, making art and crafts, exploring the garden, and going for a draft horse wagon ride. Parents can register for one day or the whole week.
At five dollars a day or twenty for the week, the Drop-In Series is very low-cost. It will be a casual experience where children and caregivers can have a great time together in a unique environment. Caregivers are an essential part of the program. They will be given guidance and ideas for the group activity and then be free to run with it in their own style. The sessions are two hours in the afternoon, perfect for caregivers who want to get a child out for a section of the day.
Teachers can’t always get kids outside: Vacation is your child’s opportunity to have fun and chase what excites them. This Drop-In Series has scheduled activities but will also be self-directed by the interests of the group. Claire’s goal is to feed the joy and curiosity of the children that attend, not to adhere to a strict schedule.
On the final Saturday of the series (April 22, Earth Day) ifarm is hosting a pay-what-you-can Earth Day Festival. The festival will have children’s activities, garden tours and permaculture tips for backyard gardeners, a permaculture book signing, and presentations on small steps homeowners can make to become more sustainable.
“I love seeing how young children experience nature. They are still learning, so everything is new and exciting. It’s also so rewarding to facilitate meaningful interactions between caregivers and children. Being at ifarm gives families the unique opportunity to explore nature together.”
-Claire Hopkins, ifarm education coordinator
Farm- Based Education and Nature: A Gift for Growing Minds
The April Vacation Drop-In Series will feature several different activities and events.
Arts and crafts activities will always be available, but we will also explore different facets of ifarm. Activities include meeting and learning about the sheep, horses, and chickens, exploring the Boxford State Forest, taking a carriage ride with Pitch and Patch , and planting seeds for a variety of plants in our children’s garden. The arts and crafts activities will include scavenger hunts, making art with wool from the sheep, and gathering natural materials to build fairy houses.
Take some time away from home to join us on ifarm’s unique grounds this vacation.