Dad’s Point Of View: Baby Animals At Indian Ladder Farms
I'm a co-parenting dad of my soon to be 3-year-old son named Brody. He's an awesome little dude that is always up for a new adventure andI do my best to keep his inquisitive little brain active. In this series of blogs, I'll let you know my thoughts (and Brody's of course) of the various local places we've gone and or activities we've tried. I'll try to keep these blogs short and to the point, because if you're anything like me, you'll just wanna know a few tips and if we liked it. First up: Baby Animal Days at Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont.
Brody loves animals and couldn't wait to go! He'd been there before, but this was my first time taking him and he was as excited as ever. Weekends tend to be a little crowded, and even though we went on a Saturday, it wasn't too bad. You'll wait no more than a few short moments to be able to interact see, pet and learn about chicks, turkey poults, ducklings, goslings, bunnies, lambs, goat kids, piglets, and calves. The staff is very friendly and knowledgable, and the baby animals were docile and quite cute.
Brody's Point Of View: Loves it. What kid wouldn't want to pet furry, friendly, and cuddly animals? Brody tends to be a little cautious with anything at first, but after a few cautious moments around the animals, he couldn't wait to meet and greet all of the furry finds on display!
Dad's Point of View: Very affordable ($7 for Brody) adults are free. The smell at times is quite intoxicating, especially in one area inside the barn near the pigs. But I get it...it IS a farm after all (we just hurried past that part!) Generally speaking, it's kept quite clean. There's a fair amount to do, see, and touch. The 'hands on' component is really the star here and they excel at at. Tip: While there are quite a few washing stations, bring plenty of hand sanitizer!
If you get hungry, stop inside the restaurant for homemade tasty sandwiches/ hot dishes for adults and a solid kid's menu (and farm fresh pastries). The service for us was attentive, but moderately slow. The food (while good) is slightly overpriced. 3 adults and 2 kids ate for about $60 with tip.
Overall Score: 7.6 out of 10
The Baby Animal Barn and Goat Playground are open to the public between April 11 and May 6 on weekdays from 9 to 4 and weekends from 9 to 5.