|Abbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum explores farm live|
through real experiences
There are numerous opportunities to continue to education children and families on the importance of local food. The success of the recent Farm2Fork Festival in Saranac Lake, farm tours and farmers’ markets as well as farm to school initiatives indicate that people are interested in what happens to their food.
One place to visit that is continuing that farm to table education is the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum in Peru this weekend, September 12-13, 2015.
According to Babbie Museum Volunteer Sharron Morrow this weekend’s 5th annual Kids Fair and Festival is a fun educational way to keep families interested in the importance of rural farming traditions.
|The 5th annual Kids Fair and Festival is September 12-13, 2015|
“We have been having this festival for the last five years and it gets better every year,” says Morrow. “It is very family orientated and everyone has a good time. It lets children see what rural living was like with the old-fashioned games, but also gets them outside and away from computers.”
The September 12-13 festival will focus on plenty of activities such as traditional games such as sack races, hopscotch, egg races, digging for treasure, horseshoes and croquet that are free. There will also be face painting for a small fee ($2-3) and pony rides ($) from T.E.S.S. Stables in Champlain (NY) in addition to the museum exhibits and farming activities.
“The stage coach rides are always a big hit,” says Morrow. “The stage coach came from the old Frontier Town. We’ve hooked in onto a tractor and let parents and children ride through the hay field. This year some kids are going to dress up like bandits and stage a hold-up.”
|Adirondack Family Time Champlain Valley:|
Plattsburgh to Ticonderoga includes
easy area hikes, swimming holes, museums
The permanent hands-on learning displays will be open as well the current collection of antique dolls. There is also a working blacksmith’s forge open on weekends as well as kid-friendly activities that educate children about food. Children can collect eggs, shell dried corn or even milk a cow at the life-size cow exhibit. There is even a tractor ride that tours the farm fields. The farm has horses and donkeys year-round, but children can enjoy visiting the new ducks and chickens. It’s a great opportunity to explore all the extra steps that go into getting milk or eggs; that milk and eggs don’t “just appear” at the grocery store. Now kids can see where their food came from and the old-fashioned tools that are still in use at some farms today.
Morrow wants families to know that the 5th annual Kids Fair and Farm Festival is for all ages and encourages parents to join the fun. It is focused on the children, but there are a lot of things for adults to do as well. The 5th annual Kids Festival will be held September 12-13 from 10 am – 4 pm at Babbie Rural Farm & Learning Museum, Peru (NY). General admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children (3-13) and free for anyone under the age of three.