The silos and barns at Kinder Farm park at sunset. Photo courtesy of Patrick Gillespie from Kinder Farm Website.
Now that our son is getting older, my husband and I are always looking for fun, family-friendly places for him to experience. Of course, with COVID-19 and its seasons of quarantine looming over us, many great sites are closed to the public. Fortunately, Kinder Farm Park is open and full of child-friendly activities. Not to mention, there are great activities for your entire family. From beautiful, bountiful gardens to a working sawmill and woodshop, there is something for just about everyone at Kinder Farm Park. And with all those wide open spaces, there is no need to worry about room to roam and explore. With 288 acres of farmland and nature, there is enough space to walk, picnic, make friends with the animals, and still social distance. Here are five fun things you and your family can do at Kinder Farm Park.
Meet the animals
Animals are the heartbeat of Kinder Farm Park, and they are sure to strum a few of your heartstrings when you visit. Year-round you can see and even interact with many of the animals at the farm. The farm is home to pigs, goats, alpacas, seasonal quails and turkeys, and a host of other animals. If you want to meet the new arrivals right away, be sure to check out the yearly birthing schedule on the Kinder Farm Park website.
A baby goat finds a grassy snack at Kinder Farm Park. Photo courtesy of Nora Farley from the Kinder Farm Website.
Have some fun on the playground
What good is a park without an exciting playground for the youngest shepherds and farmhands to run and play? Kinder Farm Park features a large playground area and tot-lot perfect for children of all ages to unwind, have fun, and even mingle while social-distancing.
The playground is every kid's dream come true! Photo courtesy of from the Kinder Farm website
Picnic in the Park
With 288 acres of beautiful landscapes, there are plenty of places to lay out a blanket and enjoy a delicious lunch on the lawn. On the other hand, if you prefer not to sit on the ground, no worries! Kinder Farm Park offers many park benches and picnic tables for your convenience. There are also two large rentable outdoor pavilions and several grills available.
There are plenty of wide open spaces to run, roam and picnic at the park. Photo courtesy of Dawn Szuba from the Kinder Farm website.
Kinder Farmhouse Museum
Want to dive a little deeper into the Kinder Farm Park history? Starting in December 2020, the Kinder Farmhouse Museum will be open to the public once more. For updates and more on COVID-19 restrictions and best practices, visit the park's website.
The Kinder Farmhouse and museum plans to reopen December 2020. Photo courtesy of Mary Gallo from the Kinder Farm website.
Walk the Park
There is no shortage of nature, beauty, and history to take in at the park. One great way to experience all the park has to offer is a journey along the 2.8 miles of nature trails. Catch a glimpse of a deer crossing, take a stroll in one of the many gardens, or mosey through the Tobacco Barn Museum and see some of the farm's vintage tools.
Geese on parade near the Blacksmith Shop and Barns. Photo courtesy of Mark Laster from the Kinder Farm Website.
There are also many educational opportunities available at Kinder Farm. The park functions as a hub for many clubs and organizations, including the Chesapeake Forge Guild, Anne Arundel Bird Club, Kinder Farm Park 4H Livestock Club, Sawmill and Woodshop Club, and several more. Visit the website to learn about how you can host your next celebration or party, or join a club at Kinder Farm Park.