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Have you ever wondered what it's like to get up close with a baby goat? Or play with a newborn lamb? Come to Butterfield Acres and experience life on the farm for yourself. There are so many activities to do that you will find a day full of excitement.
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The best memories really are made at the farm! While growing up, some of my favorite things
to do were to visit my grandparents, and aunts and uncles at their farms,
playing in the hayloft, running away from the geese that would chase me,
playing hide-and-go seek on horseback, or just running through the fields. In our fast-paced race of life today, not
many children are able to have the same experiences that I was so joyously able
to experience. But then, I stumbled upon
Butterfield Acres during my university days while looking for a job – the best
discovery I have ever made was to experience this wonderful world right outside
the city! I was given the opportunity to have a job on a working farm, while
given the chance to be with many different people who came to visit the farm
every day. If you haven’t had a chance
to discover Butterfield Acres for yourself, you are missing out on a hidden gem
located just outside the city limits in northwest Calgary.
There truly are farm fun activities for youngsters of
every age at Butterfield Acres. The
opening of the season begins with their Spring Kickoff when the
oh-so-sweet spring babies have started arriving, and to add a little fun twist,
you can get tickets for the Legendary Easter Hunt. Little ones can go to the Birthday Barn and
listen to the Legend of the Easter Bunny, followed by more surprises along the
way, including a fun photo shoot, and of course visiting with all the
critters. Be ready to come home with some
super cute pictures, and lots of stories to tell about the darling new babies.
After the Spring Kickoff ends, the action continues at
the farm. There are ‘drop-in’ farm hours
where you can visit as a family, with friends and relatives, or book as a group. It is here where you will have a chance to
try your hand at milking a goat, go for a tractor-pulled wagon ride, or take
your wee ones on a pony ride. There are
so many different farm animals that you will be kept busy watching and engaging
with them all. The best part is that you
are able to get close and personal with most of the animals on the farm, going
into their pens to have a wonderful visit.
This truly is the best way to learn about animals, as Butterfield Acres
takes a hands-on approach to learning. On
a nice day, you may even want to pack a lunch, or visit the concession stand
which is opened on weekends, and then sneak away to one of the many shaded picnic
areas nestled back in the trees. Of
course, after a delightful day at the farm, you will have many wonderful
memories...be sure to bring your camera or phone!
The experience does not have to end with just a visit TO
the farm however. If your children are
so inclined, Butterfield Acres offers many wonderful day camp experiences for
3-14 yr olds. The week is full of many
delightful real farm experiences learning about all of the animals on the
farm. Your children will learn what it
is like behind the scenes of a working farm, and be able to assist in feeding
the animals and even go on a back pasture adventure. Of course the camps would not be complete
without doing fun farm crafts, some crazy farm-adapted games, and learning some
farm songs. The week is sure to provide
one of your child’s highlights of the summer.
Leading into the autumn season Butterfield Acres sets up
and decorates the farm for the Harvest Pumpkin Hunts. This event is always a sell-out so if you are
interested, get your tickets early. You
will find yourself travelling over the hills out into the back pasture in search
of every child's cute little pumpkin.
Then, it’s back to the farm to decorate.
This is the time to let your child’s creativity take over. It is a wonderful way to get outdoors and
enjoy the season at its finest, experiencing the so many colorful sights and
sounds of fall on the farm.
Another amazing feature of Butterfield Acres is that they
also do Birthday Parties – at the farm, or they will come to you.
Whichever is easiest for you, Butterfield Acres is there. You can either book your birthday party at the farm and have time in the
Birthday Barn, or have the animals come to you.
Some people prefer to have a birthday pony come and visit them. Either way, you are guaranteed for it to be a
lot of fun and a memory that your child will not forget. Group bookings are also available. It is
always fun to get out of the city and experience nature and animals
Calgary’s Child has awarded Butterfield Acres many awards
through the years with good reason. This past
year, Butterfield Acres tied for the Parent’s Choice Award ‘Best Home Parties.’
They were also given Honorable Mention for the ‘Best Family Venue,’ and
an Honorable Mention for the ‘Best Pumpkin Hunts.’ There is a reason these were given – so I
highly encourage you to come to Butterfield Acres and check out this child-centered
Although my job descriptions with Butterfield Acres have
changed through the years as teaching became my career, as well as being a mom, I have
continued to keep my ‘finger in the pie’ so to speak, as it is just too fun to stay away from. Even though now I help out with behind the scenes stuff, I still cannot stay away. Butterfield Acres offers what many
cannot. As technology advances, and the world continues to run
faster and faster, Butterfield Acres has something to offer that many do not. Butterfield Acres will bring you back to your
roots, giving your family an opportunity to see life a little simpler,
learning hands-on in an environment that is both fun and educational. From the time my own children were tiny, as
many families will tell you, one of their favorite things to do was to visit
the farm. The experience of getting up
close with the animals since they were little not only helped them develop the
love for animals, but also helped them learn so many things about different
kinds of animals. I believe that the
best way to learn about life is from a hands-on approach, learning through doing, and
Butterfield Acres is truly an ultimate way to have this life experience. I would highly recommend that you experience
it for yourself--ewe won’t be disappointed!
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