Canada is the only country to have a working farm right in the middle of its capital city and it is a great place to take the kids. I recently took my two young grandkids there and they had such a good time that we stayed until they shut the doors on us.
I have been there many times over the years to see the animals. My dad used to take me and my sisters there and that was a long time ago when they called it the Experimental Farm and it didn’t cost any money to visit. Every city kid needs to get up close to cows and pigs and sheep and that was our place. You can even measure how tall you are using your hands—just like they do with horses.
Today it’s called a museum because there’s lots more there than just the animals. There’s a fun playground built like a mini-farm. Nearby are picnic tables if you want to bring a snack or even lunch.
We explored all the exhibits and there is a lot to learn, like how you can use cows’ poop for more than fertilizer and how to keep food safe. The exhibit that shows what food looks like as it decays is a little yucky and we tested our skills by playing a game where we had to drag and drop groceries into the correct storage container.
Pumping water for farm animals was what kids use to do on the farm and at the Energy Park my grandkids checked if they were up to the task by trying to pump water faster than a windmill. If they didn’t succeed they sure had fun trying.
The bee exhibit was a favouite too. It’s about honeybees and their life cycle and about how honey is produced. And there are real live bees there. By the bees exhibit is a kitchen where the kids made cupcakes using honey.
Perhaps the most favourite exhibit was the one on tractors. It is about how tractors replaced horses. You can actually ride on a tractor, two in fact. One is small and lots of fun. The other is BIG and a little scary when it moves. All the kids wanted to do the tractor rides.
By Sylvia Fanjoy
Photo credits Sylvia Fanjoy
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