Who says NYC kids don’t know how to ride a tractor? Not this mom! We got our hands dirty at the annual Farm Fresh Festival For Kids on Saturday where we planted basil, rode a bull, lassoed a cow and lots more!
Sunny and I made our way down to the South Street Seaport excited to join the official Press Hour for the first annual Farm Fresh Festival For Kids where the theme was all about eating, learning and playing. The Festival was started by a small group of women-entrepreneurs, who wanted to connect kids with farm fresh values and healthy foods. You can read more about it’s history here.
Before I could say “Old McDonald Had A …..” Sunny beelined to a booth called Mischievous Goddess complete with a fairy princess waiting to greet her. The princess gave Sunny a glittery stick wand complete with tulle and then they made some fairy dust in a little jar. Not sure how this related to the farm but this mom wasn’t complaining, we were off to a good start. Happy child = happy mommy. Turns out Mischievous Goddess makes magical birthday parties for girls. She also sells killer tutus here!
Ok now back to the farm!
Wand in hand we went over the to mini petting zoo where kids got to interact with bunny rabbits, chickens, goats, and piglets courtesy of the Two By Two Zoo. After that we visited the Little Confetti where Sunny got to create a gorgeous little butterfly fan.
There were lots and lots of booths – one that was particularly interesting was set up by Battery Park Montessori. They taught the kids how to play music just by using a few wires, potatoes and bananas! It was all done with a kit called Makey Makey which teaches kids how to do science in a really fun way. The kits are available for sale and are completely awesome. Check out this video of a strawberry piano here!
Later we proceeded to the Strider Bike Adventure Zone where Sunny learned how to balance on a beginner no pedal bike. I had never seen a pedaless bike before but supposedly they are the new thing. Either way…at least ONE of the Barkan women will know how to ride now.
And finally we walked over to the Tractor Supply Company area where Sunny got to ride a tractor while learning how to lasso a pig named Pickles (#lifeskills). Then she got to sit on a bull with a rodeo backdrop. Of course she did her Frozen pose….I mean why not?
All in all, it was a great day! I hope they bring it back next year. We capped off our adventure with lunch at Dorlan’s Tavern and Oyster Bar. Read our review here!