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Five dollar farming

Primrose offers children a flash back to yesteryear

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:13 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES - Looking for a day that's out of the ordinary, away from the hustle of sports games and dance rehearsals? Look no further than Primrose Park Farm. Primrose Farm in St. Charles offers many educational and fun programs providing interpretive experiences depicting farm life in the mid-19th century. And every Wednesday and Saturday, the youngest set can get a hands-on chance to "work" the farm themselves. With farming as the focus, Primrose offers kids four and older an opportunity to perform basic daily chores, such as collecting eggs, milking cows an feeding the animals, in simple hour-long formats for just a few dollars. In Chicken and Egg, participants help gather eggs straight from the nest of the chicken coop. In this hands-on tour, learn the hows and whys of backyard poultry among some feathered friends. All pickers take home a share of the eggs. Ages 14 & under must be accompanied by an adult. In Feeding the Animals, little farmers get a unique - behind the scenes - opportunity to help feed the fam's animal residents, learning about the care and feeding of livestock and how their specialized diets vary throughout the year. Connect with generations past by starting the day the same way they did - milking a cow! youngsters learn about the biology of milk production while milking dairy cattle by hand and machine. For a special treat, Farm Story Time gives children a taste of life beyond the barn, as everyone gets to gather 'round to hear a tale about life on the farm., enjoy a snack and a special visit with Primrose Farm's animal residents. Looking for more? Primrose Farm offers a variety of programs throughout the week for all age groups, from horse grooming sessions to evening country bonfires. Summer camps also are available in week-long full and half-day sessions. The springtime farming programs run throughout April and May. For specific times and prices, for residents and non-residents, visit www.primrosefarmpark.com.

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