If you live in or near Philadelphia and you have not made it out to Fox Chase Farm, you are majorly missing out. We discovered this hidden gem last Spring when I was searching for things to do with my brood. It seemed we had hit every possible activity the city had to offer when I stumbled upon Sheep Sheering Day. Now we make sure we hit all of Fox Chase Farm’s seasonal activities.
Located in northwest Philly, Fox Chase Farm is home to 112 acres of pristine farm land. It is a working livestock farm and fosters a real sense of community. On Sheep Sheering Day, activities range from regular “shows” to watch the farmers sheer the sheep to teaching the kids how to make thread from the wool. My kids got a real kick out of how skinny the sheep were after their massive coats were gone. Along with all the sheep-related fun there are hayrides, crafts, food, and games.
Another great part of the farm is that you can go into the barns to see the pigs, goats, cows, and horses. I’m telling you, you haven’t lived till you’ve seen your 2 year old freak out when a pig nibbles on his boots. Last year, Sheep Sheering Day coincided with the Philadelphia Science Festival which was an added bonus. My 6 year old daughter loved the little experiment booths they had set up on our way out of the farm.
The cost is a whopping $3 for adults and children. Amazing. Bring some extra cash for hot dogs and snacks along the way or pack a lunch. Wear wellies because it’s often muddy in the barns and on the grounds and bring a sweater because the farm is set on top of a hill and it gets breezy. The farm is stroller friendly and is fun for literally every age. Parking is on the street outside the farm’s gates. It’s not bad and free but can be a bit of a hike from your car to the farm so come prepared to walk a little ways.