WHERE THE FARM IS ALIVE AND KICKING!!
The Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, located at 13800 Switzer in the
Overland Park Community Park, has been a recreational resource in the southern Johnson County area since 1976, and currently
provides more than 250,000 people annually with relaxing family fun.
The farmstead was established in 1976 and dedicated in memory of Deanna
Rose, an Overland Park police officer killed in 1985.
The farmstead is eight acres of family fun
and entertainment. Designed to depict a turn-of-the-century farm, the Farmstead includes a petting zoo, a silo with slides,
a 'tot-lot' for the younger children, a farmhouse, and picture-box gardens.
A Farm would not be complete without all the animals that live there.
Every farm animal imaginable can be found throughout the area. Each spring, visitors come to enjoy being entertained by the
newborn babies with their playful antics and eagerness to drink from bottles.
Bluefeather, the Farmstead bison, and her sidekick, Tex the Longhorn, are popular
attractions for children. The Farmstead houses five different species of birds of prey including the golden eagle and red
tailed hawk. Each year new arrivals join the petting zoo. Our mother "Fainting" goat, Almond Joy, continues to bless the Farmstead
with her babies each year. Of course, everyone has fun following the Farmstead's traditional baby naming contest.
In addition to its old-fashioned attractions, visitors enjoy the modern
conveniences of a concession stand and picnic area.
Wagon rides run 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday.
cost $2.00; children under 1 ride free.
The Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners have demonstrations of various
crops commonly found on farms including milo, wheat, corn and vegetables. Also visitors may view an array of flowers, shrubs
and trees which may help them plan their own garden.
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The Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead is a seasonal attraction.
The Farmstead is open from April 1st through October 31st. Please call for details, 913-895-6350.
Admission is free; donations accepted. One-hour tours for groups
of 20 - 30 are available. Interested parties should call the Farmstead Information Line at (913) 895-6350 for details. The
Horse drawn wagon rides
Food for the animals
Visitors of all ages can enjoy an old-fashioned hayride for a small fee. Rides run 10 a.m.-2
p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon - 4 p.m. Sunday. Reservations not required.
Map to the Farmstead
Education will be a priority in the future of the Farmstead. The intention is to create an
environment where people of all ages can experience a bit of early 1900's farm life. Because the family farm is quickly disappearing
from modern culture, it is especially important that today's children have an opportunity to learn about this rich heritage.
Educational opportunities will be built into the design of the Farmstead expansion. New facilities will be designed
for interactive learning and many will feature hands-on activities.
To foster an appreciation of 1900's farm life,
the Farmstead will allow visitors to get involved in the daily activities of the farm. From morning chores like milking the
cows, to seasonal activities like harvesting a crop, various demonstrations and hands-on activities will enable visitors to
walk away with a greater understanding of what farm life was all about.
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