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Govin’s Farm

govins farm menomonie

GOVIN’S FARM

MENOMONIE, WI
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Despite this week’s uninvited snowfall, I checked the calendar and it really does say that spring is here. So while the weather might not be at an ideal spring time temperature, that doesn’t mean we can’t partake in an ideal spring time activity…like holding baby chicks and lambs! Where to do this, you ask? None other than the subject of today’s review, Govin’s Farm, where their motto is “If it fits in your lap, they’ll help you hold it.”

govins farm menomonie

govins farm

What is it?

Govin’s Farm is a small family-run farm located about an hour east of the Twin Cities in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Run by John and Julie Govin, along with their sons Kyle and Clayton, the farm takes pride in raising their animals naturally, free of hormones and antibiotics. Every spring, for four weekends, the “lambing barn” is open, allowing you to get up close and personal with baby sheep, pigs, chickens, cows and more. You’re allowed to hold the baby animals, which usually is a surefire hit with kids. There’s nothing quite like watching your child’s eyes light up as they pick up their own itty bitty baby chicky. Beyond the cuteness of baby animals, they sell their meats on site including lamb, chicken, and pork. They also have 6 acres of strawberries, with both U-pick and pre-picked options available during the summer. Finally, when fall comes around, they roll out an 11 acre corn maze to go with their 3 acres of pumpkins and other assorted fall-y activities.

govins farm menomonie

govins farm menomonie

Fit for what ages?

All ages are welcome! The whole farm is completely kid-friendly and they encourage everyone to get involved. Make sure teeny tiny kiddos respect the animals and have the capacity to understand they are fragile and alive and deserve a gentle handling. One item to note is that we are talking about a true working farm here, so there is plenty of mud and dirt to go around. Plan your outfits accordingly and don’t be surprised if your kiddos end up messy. Strap babies in a carrier and leave the stroller in the car.

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How much are we talkin?

Kids under 24 months are FREE. Everyone over the age of two will pay $7.25/person. (Note: Group rates are available for larger groups such as schools/daycares/etc)

Beyond the admission fees, there are pony rides at the farm which cost $5, and inside the barn you can find face painting for $5 as well.

If you and your family come hungry, you can snag a meal deal for $5.75 which includes a hotdog, chips, cookie and beverage. And if you’re up for it, some fair-style mini donuts can purchased for $2.50 (for 6) or $4.50 (for 12). I say spring for the 12 as they go quickly…plus I’m a huge sucker for deep fried sugar.

govins farm menomonie

Want some tips?

Get there early! With an abundance of ridiculously cute baby animals stocking the barn, Govin’s is a popular family destination. This past weekend we arrived about an hour after open to find the place already pretty packed with customers. If you want as much alone time with the baby animals as possible, I’d suggest trying to get their at open. Don’t sweat it if it’s packed though because most everyone seems to be very polite and courteous in taking turns with the animals.

They do take credit cards for admission and for food, but I’d suggest bringing cash for the pony rides or face painting. Bring some quarters as well if you would like to grab some animal feed from the machines to let your kids get in on the feeding action.

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The parking lot is big and can get crowded but they do provide a horse drawn wagon ride that will take you directly to the entrance so that’s a nice little bonus.

Wear tennis shoes or boots since it is often muddy in the barn. Kids will get covered in hay from the hay bales and should probably utilize the hand sanitizer on the way out after touching all the animals. Bring your camera! So many cute and memorable moments to capture here! Also, although it’s a bit of a drive from Minneapolis, it’s not somewhere you’ll spend hours on end. Expect to come and go in under an hour or so, so maybe make a day trip of it and hit up some of these suggestions that sit along Highway 94 to fill your drive with added fun:

govins farm

govins farm menomonie

govins farm

Hours and Location

N6134 670th St |  Menomonie, WI 54751

Open 10am – 4pm on the following dates:
April 2-3 (Saturday & Sunday)
April 9-10 (Saturday & Sunday)

The farm is located right off the interstate, down about 1/2 mile from main exit.

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Follow Govin’s Farm on Facebook to keep up to date on baby animal cuteness, and all the other offerings the farm has such as strawberry picking and their corn maze festival.

Disclaimer: I received four free passes to visit Govin’s Farm in exchange for my time sharing this post and hosting this giveaway. All thoughts are my own.

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  • Amber
    03/26/2016 at 8:00 am

    I would definitely want to take home a baby goat! They are so cute and have so much personality.

  • Shelley Kane
    03/26/2016 at 9:03 am

    I want to see the cute little piggies with the curly tails!

  • Danielle Strege
    03/26/2016 at 9:15 am

    Id take home a chick. They are super cute, plus then we could hopefully have farm fresh eggs whenever we wanted them! That would be pretty awesome!!

  • Heather Karow
    03/26/2016 at 9:16 am

    Baby chicks please!

  • Sarah Furst
    03/26/2016 at 9:56 am

    I would bring home a goat. They can help with lawn care and their “baas” make me laugh! (Oh….and my kids would like it too. )

  • April rachuy
    03/26/2016 at 10:02 am

    My farm-obsessed 3-year-old would love this!!!!

  • Emily olaleye
    03/26/2016 at 10:05 am

    I would bring home a girl cow so we could have fresh milk not processed

  • Sarah
    03/26/2016 at 10:10 am

    We love Govin’s! My kids love the baby chicks and would definitely like to bring one home.

  • Patti Koenig
    03/26/2016 at 10:42 am

    I’d like to be entered in the drawing for 4 tickets! I’d like to bring home the baby chicks – I have fond memories of having baby chicks of my own – I also think it would be great for my Grandkids ages, 6, 4 and 6 months to experience them growing up!

    Thanks Patti
    [email protected]

  • Chelsey lindenberg
    03/26/2016 at 11:23 am

    I would take a baby chick home! So cute and fluffy, I love them!

  • Allison
    03/26/2016 at 12:27 pm

    Baby chicks, brings back memories of teaching first grade in Texas where we hatched chicks in our classroom. Let someone else be a farmer, I’ll keep my job as a teacher.

  • Anne
    03/26/2016 at 1:52 pm

    My kids would love to bring home a baby chick! My 3 year old loves chicks and it would be fun to watch it grow.

  • Deanna p.
    03/26/2016 at 1:56 pm

    My boys love coming here every year. They definitely love the baby chicks, sheep and goats.

  • Anna
    03/26/2016 at 2:04 pm

    What a fun adventure. We’re definitely going to have to try this out.

  • Hang
    03/26/2016 at 2:43 pm

    We would to take home those cute baby chicks because Olivia should have something around here smaller than her! Plus they’d be equal in cuteness as our baby girl!

  • Joanie grundahl
    03/26/2016 at 3:54 pm

    Fun! Fun! Fun! I can’t wait-after seeing your post, we’re headed there next weekend. Thanks for all the info-I can’t wait to see my 2 year old’s face when he sees the baby farm animals.

  • Sarah h.
    03/26/2016 at 6:46 pm

    We would take home a lamb to snuggle! I’m not sure what the neighbors would say though:)

  • Michelle j
    03/26/2016 at 8:23 pm

    A chick to hopefully have homegrown eggs.

  • Anna
    03/26/2016 at 8:39 pm

    I would want to bring home a chick to grow up so I can have fresh eggs in my backyard. Also chickens make great companion pets!

  • angela
    03/28/2016 at 9:55 am

    A baby chick…they are just too adorable!

  • Jamie
    03/28/2016 at 11:36 am

    Piglets, so cute!

  • Carrie
    03/28/2016 at 12:31 pm

    A baby chick because they are so cute!!

  • Kristine
    04/04/2016 at 10:40 pm

    A baby goat! So cute!!