This week we adventured to Hoof Prints Barnyard! It’s the cutest farm located just behind the Kelowna Airport and the people who run it are just lovely! I had high hopes that the kids would do something super cute like hug a goat or smile while frolicking with the sheep, but instead Ivy was terrified of most of the animals and Corbin was more interested in playing outside of the animal pen and eating all the complementary marshmallows!
First up was the bunny (don’t remember its name, but all the animals in the barnyard have clever names). This animal was in it’s own cage so Ivy felt great about looking at the bunny. So far so good!
While Ivy enjoyed the bunny Corbin found his “dream land” of toy diggers, dumpers, and tractors!!
Up next was the petting area!!!!! In this area all the goats, sheep, birds, oh and a big pig, and baby calf are free to roam around… This is how far Ivy got away from me when the goats were around. She clung to me and kept saying “bite, bite, bite.” I don’t know if she either had a bad experience with a goat before or was planning herself to bite the goats, but she was not impressed with them. I think they may have been moving around to fast for her, because she looooooved the huge Capybaras (largest rodents in the world) at the Kangaroo Creek Farm earlier this summer, but they just laid still, sleeping! I guess Ivy likes motionless animals!
Corbin found a baby calf named Rolo!
And look at Ivy being so brave! She likes a COW over the super cute goats?!?!…..
This is Shaggy the Alpaca… also in it’s own enclosure, so Ivy was ok with this one.
Then she found a stump and made it her home…
Back out side of the animal petting area is a super cute fire pit with all different sizes of chairs around it and tones of roasting sticks! Marshmallow Time!
Really they just prefer to eat the marshmallows raw.
Then Corbin had a feline lunch companion named Toothless (we were told he is not toothless)… hmmmm…
One of the super cool activities provided at Hoof Prints Barn Yard is something called GOGA. It’s Goat Yoga!! You literally do yoga while goats walk around you, cuddle you, and even climb on top of you! Very interesting and fun idea! I bet you a million dollars that this would NOT be up Ivy’s alley… haha. The rocking horse made her happy though.
One of the highlights for Corbin was “learning to play badminton” with some random dads. I love how friendly Corbin is, he finds new friends everywhere he goes. LOVE his guts! Thanks random Dads for taking the time to play with him! This made his day!
And it’s out time!
But not before playing with the sidewalk chalk…
We had a blast at Hoof Prints Barnyard even though it didn’t go as I expected. I learned a few things about parenting this day from my kids. One lesson was to expose them to different things, but also understand that they might not like the same things as you, or even each other, which might be hard to take (because what you like is the best, right!?!?). Instead look and find things that do interest them and make the most fun out of that. Just go with the flow!
P.S. What do you think of Ivy’s romper? It is by far her most complimented outfit. I intentionally had her wear it to the barnyard because I thought I would photograph it before I try to make a tutorial on how to recreate it. Stay tuned for a super cute Toddler Romper Tutorial!!
I hope you enjoyed our little outing to Hoof Prints Barnyard. I thought I might do a series of blog posts about fun things for kids to do around Kelowna. Does this interest anyone? I’m secretly trying to recruit friends and family, and NEW friends to Kelowna! I think it’s an awesome place to live and raise your children. If you want us to visit a certain Kelowna location and blog about it, let me know and we will check it out. We love new adventures! Until next time, Enjoy your little kiddos with all their unique personalities, and enjoy creating beautiful memories!
P.S. Ivy’s super cute Romper can be found on amazon. Links provided below.
Canadian Friends can find Ivy’s romper here:
American Friends can find Ivy’s romper here: