It’s beginning to look a lot like springtime at Primrose Farm in St. Charles with a lineup of fun events that can engage all ages.
Attend Springtime on the Farm from 10am to 3:30pm Saturday, April 10. Visitors of all ages can lend a hand with some chores from shelling corn for the animals’ feed to helping prepare the garden beds. It’s a chance to play in the dirt says Alison Jones, Manager of Farm Programs and Interpretive Services at Primrose Farm.
“These are just some of the normal things we do as we get the farm ready in the spring,” Jones said.
Of course for young ones, digging in the dirt and shelling corn can seem more fun than typical chores.
In addition, the farm staff plans to have a few demonstrations for guests to see such as hoof trimming on the horses and the annual sheep shearing.
Guests can register for a timed-entry ticket to Springtime on the Farm, and each ticket is $5.
Farmyard Fitness Relay
Take your workout outdoors for a new challenge as Primrose Farm hosts the Farmyard Fitness Relay from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24. Race against the clock to beat your competitors in a 2.2 mile course filled with obstacles featuring farm-theme fitness.
There will be prizes for the fastest finishers, but all are guaranteed a fun time and a great workout, explains Emily Lambillotte, farm program supervisor. The program is open to those ages 11 and older and Lambillotte said the past event has drawn individuals as well as families.
Some of the obstacles include pulling palettes, baling hay, maneuvering a wheelbarrow and even attempting to flip a tractor tire.
“It’s so much fun,” Lambillotte said. “It’s a fitness challenge and it’s a good time.”
Advance registration is required by April 19. Tickets are $25 per person.
Another spin on fitness is the popular Goat Yoga classes at Primrose Farm. Take time to stretch and perform sun salutations while enjoying the distractions from a pair of Nigerian dwarf goats in this outdoor fitness class.
Lambillotte, the instructor, said the class is designed to give participants time to enjoy their time with the goats and even encourages little breaks in movements to cuddle the friendly goats.
“The goats are very friendly, very curious,” Lambillotte said.
While they’re called dwarf goats these animals aren’t tiny and weigh in at around 50 pounds.
Surrounded by the farm’s beautiful setting the yoga class offers participants a peaceful and playful way to start their day. Classes are from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Saturdays April 17, April 24, May 22 and May 29. Advance registration is required and the cost is $10 per person, per session for residents, $15 for non-resident. Participants must bring their own yoga mat.
Sit and Stitch
For those looking for a quieter way to interact with the farm animals at Primrose Farm consider trying Primrose Farm’s new program Sit and Stitch. Bring along your needlework projects and enjoy the company of fellow humans stitching in the farm’s pasture with a few friendly farm animals too.
If the idea sounds inviting but you’ve never threaded a needle, no worries. Staff can provide beginning level instruction, just bring along your own materials. The relaxing atmosphere and chance to chat with others can be a great social outlet.
The program is 4:30 to 5:30 Thursdays April 22 and May 27. The program is free, but advance registration is required.