Without dedicated bonding time, family members grow resentful of one another's bad habits, such as cheating at Monopoly and warming socks in the toaster. Preserve familial unity with today’s Groupon: for $8, you get general admission for two to The Little Farm in Goulds (a $16 value). The farm opens to the public on select weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Consult the calendar for availability.
The Little Farm's 10-acre property plays host to animal pens and butterfly gardens where visitors can engage in hands-on activities. Aspiring jockeys can mount ponies for rides around a ring before being led by the nose to the aromatic blossoms of the butterfly garden. In the petting area, domesticates, including sheep, goats, and piglets, compete for free massages while turkeys gobble conversationally at passersby and chickens cluck and waddle throughout the grounds. Guests can fill empty buckets with goats' milk or stop by the seasonal pumpkin patch to acquire ripe holiday decorations or a new member for their gourd band.
The Little Farm
The Little Farm has remained abuzz with the delighted giggles and awestruck squeals of 50,000 children each year since opening in 1978. Under the helm of Thomas and Valerie Jornlid, the couple who took ownership of the farm in 1990, The Little Farm has remained committed to fostering family-friendly escapes from the city with their meticulously managed gaggle of animals, all of which are hand-raised to meet the highest USDA health standards. None of the livestock—from pigs and ponies to rabbits and ducks—are hand-fed, which enables children to approach and pet the cute creatures without being chased for food or pestered for information about where they hide the pudding pops. Young guests can immerse themselves in farm life as they help the knowledgeable staff with daily tasks such as feeding the animals or milking the goats, or they can visit the onsite butterfly garden, which is dappled with educational plaques about different fluttering species. They can also enjoy the idyllic pleasure of a pony ride.