‘A happy place’: Beacon Hill Children’s Farm reopens for the season

'A happy place': Beacon Hill Children's Farm reopens for the season
The 4:10 p.m. goat stampede pictured at Beacon Hill Children's Farm on Wednesday, March 13, 2024.

The Beacon Hill Children’s Farm reopened for the season Wednesday, and staff say they couldn’t be more excited to welcome people back to the beloved attraction.

“And the weather agrees as well. It looks like springtime out there,” said Claudia Laube, the farm’s manager, in an interview with CHEK News.

Following a months-long winter closure, the farm is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s located on Circle Drive, where crowds gather to watch goat stampedes at 10:10 a.m. and 4:10 p.m.

“It is really exciting,” said Laube.

Just in time for reopening this year, three baby goats now call the farm home, and the manager says it’s great to have more animals in their care.

“Little baby goats born,” exclaimed Laube, adding that two of the babies are twins. The farm also features alpacas, birds, chickens, donkeys, ducks and pigs.

“We do work with the animals year-round, even though we are closed for the winter,” said Laube.

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And with warmer weather on the horizon, she says it’s nice to see some familiar faces out and about.

“A lot of regulars come back after the winter. It’s nice to see people after the winter break. It feels good,” she added.

After all, the farm has been around for decades. The Koenders family, in conjunction with the Beacon Hill Farm Society, has operated it since 1985.

The farm “takes pride in providing both an educational and economical form of entertainment for the whole family,” reads a post on its website.

Laube is also applauding staff for their hard work.

“There’s so much work that goes into it beforehand. We work so many hours, and it looks great. It’s exciting to be open on the first day,” she added.

“There are little kinks to work out, but it’s great.”

Admission is by donation with suggested amounts of $6 for adults and $5 for children. The farm is open every day, weather permitting, until around Thanksgiving.

“You can be outside. You can see the gentle and kind way animals are and just spend time with them,” added Laube.

“It’s just a happy place for people to come.”

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