|Children's Groups (2 1/2 - 10 years old)**
Allow approximately 2-3 1/2 hours (depending on your tour choices). 15 person minimum.
Arrive at the farm inn with a BIG WELCOME from Anita "Mom" Nelson.
Ring the old-fashioned farm bell to begin your event.
SING a song!
Wash hands & start your BREAD BAKING SESSION
-Depending on the age of your little ones: discuss how we grind the flour for our bread, let children touch and taste the wheat "berries", grind the flour in our fifty-year-old grinder, chat about the nutritional value of whole-grain vs. white flour, let children knead the dough and form their own loaves of bread, talk about how long it will take to bake-when is the bread finished?
TASTE the bread. Butter and homemade jam available, too.
Circle DANCE and out to see the goats, kitties, and bunny with Farmer Helen.*
*Groups may choose to visit the NELSON DAIRY FARM at this point (a five minute drive from the inn). This part of the tour may include: staying safe on the farm, seeing where & how the registered dairy cows are milked, bottle and bucket feeding the calves, a walk through the gardens to the chicken coop to gather the eggs (if time & weather permits!).
After visiting the animals, enjoy a meal of homemade PANCAKES (yes, made with some of the same kind of flour we used for the bread!), sausage, and milk. Butter, syrup, and strawberry-rhubarb jam included.
Parade of the bread and bag bread.
A fiddle tune and goodbye song.
** We're very flexible! We can adapt this sample itinerary to fit your group's needs/age range. Perhaps you are a Girl Scout club with a focus this year on nutrition or animal care or the environment; we'll spend more time helping your students discuss that aspect of their learning. Perhaps your children would like to spend extra time with music-no problem! Just let us know your needs.
Package rate: $30.75 + tax (Rate per person includes: Thunder Valley farm visit, bread baking session, pancakes/sausage/milk, sing-a-long/participatory music experience, gratuity). One complimentary experience with every 20 paid.
Bread Baking Session Only: Rate per person includes the bread baking session and bread/butter/jam sample, plus a music experience. Kids and chaperones may visit the farm pets at the inn on their own.
Adults/Parents/Chaperones: $10.75 + tax
Children (ages 6-12): $7.75 + tax
Children (ages 3-5): $5.75 + tax
Under 2: Free
NOTE: We strongly advise groups to have at least
one adult chaperone per four students/children.