Growing up in the country outside of Springfield, my husband has several childhood memories of visiting Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs. And naturally, we want to make many of the same memories with our son, so we recently visited there on a sunny weekend afternoon. And as always, it was a blast.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing this down-home, kid-friendly farm, you need to put it on your bucket list for this year. Let me tell you why!
First, let me just say that the last time Dylan visited Young’s was in April 2013 before he was even a year old. Here heis petting the goats with Daddy…
And now he’s almost 3! And he can feed them all by himself! 🙁 Waaaaaah!!!
I love that Young’s has several farm animals for your kids to get up-close and personal with. The goats are a huge hit because there are so many and there’s even a nearby dispenser where you can fill your hand with goat snacks for a quarter. So fun! The goats definitely got the hookup from our Little Man!
“Eww, Daddy! He licked my hand!”
Luckily, Young’s was smart and put a hand washing station near the barn!
After feeding the goats, you can enter the Farm Animal Petting Area‘s barn to see more animals. We were lucky enough to see several baby animals, including these adorable goats laying with their mama! Dylan thought they were deer. 🙂
And here’s where they milk the cows in the afternoon to make their AMAZING, DELICIOUS homemade ice cream and cheeses. Since we visited in the morning, the stalls were empty. But we did see the cows out grazing in the fields!
After the barn, we ventured out to the open play area with lots of fun things for kids to climb on…
Then we went inside The Dairy Store to eat lunch. It was all delicious! And of course, there were more cows…
After lunch, we headed back to the other side of the property to the Udders and Putters fun area. Here they have several outdoor attractions for kids of all ages, including two miniature golf courses, covered batting cages, driving range, Cowvin’s Fast Slide Ride for the older kids. But for toddlers and little kids Dylan, Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral was PERFECT and so much fun!
For $3.75, Dylan got all-day admission to this area which includes a bounce house with slide, two smaller slides with a hay bale steps, a giant corn pit to play in (I know – I’ll explain), a one-hole putting area and cornhole board, plus a super-cute ride-on toy boardwalk area. It was country kid heaven.
So, I have to admit that this was the first time I’d seen a huge tub full of dry corn kernels for kids to play in, but my country-boy husband said he’s played in them before when he was little. It’s basically like a huge sandbox but without the messy, fine sand. Dylan was covered in corn dust when he came out of the pit, but it brushed right off and I didn’t care because he loved playing in it SO much. Young’s even puts lots of little trucks with scoops in the corn for the kids to play with. It was obviously a huge hit. 🙂
We were finally able to drag Dylan out of the Kiddie Corral and talked him into the Moovers and Shakers Ride. He had so much fun riding around the farm!
“Ready to go, Mom!”
After hours of fun, we couldn’t leave without eating some delicious Young’s Dairy ice cream. It was HEAVEN. I wish I’d taken a picture of the crowd waiting in line at the ice cream counter. Total organized chaos, but it was worth it.
I can’t think of a more perfect way to spend a day of outdoor fun this summer than at Young’s…
We’ll be back soon!