CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department will open Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park for the season on Wednesday, April 25. Originally planned for April 23, the farm opening was delayed two days to allow for warmer overnight temperatures for the welfare of the baby animals. The farm, now a petting zoo, will be open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. through October 12. Admission is free, but a $1 minimum donation is recommended.
Old MacDonald’s Farm is home to farm animals and North American waterfowl. The baby animals will begin arriving April 23 and include calves, chickens, pygmy goats, lambs, rabbits, a tortoise, guinea pigs, rats, chicks and pigs. They will be out only during warm weather. The waterfowl exhibit will not open until the weather is warm enough to clean the ponds.
New this year is the “Growing Classroom” with the Linn County Master Gardeners. Hands-on workshops for all ages are being offered at the new gardens at the farm. The workshops cover everything one needs to know about gardening. They are offered twice per month usually on the third Monday and Saturday of each month. However, the dates for the April classes were changed to Monday, April 23 and Saturday, April 28 due to the cold weather. The workshops meet on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. – dusk and on Saturdays from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. The fee per visit is only $2 per person or $5 per family and includes snacks from the garden. There is no fee for children age 2 and under. Advance registration is required. More information is available in the Play! guide online at CRREC.org.
Old MacDonald’s Farm visitors will enjoy four “free” events this year beginning Friday, May 18 with Movie Night at the Farm. The movie is How to Train your Dragon. In addition, farm tours, birthday parties and the following programs are available: Animals on the Farm; Be a Bee; Farmer for a Day; Creek Study and You; Fuzzy, Furry, Slimy, Scaly; Goat Yoga.
For more information about programs and events at the farm, see the Play! guide at www.crrec.org or call the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department, 319-286-5566.