Life with a toddler is never dull. That is in part because they are full of energy. Part because the energy required to keep up with them means you never sit still. We find that we are best with Annabelle when we have a plan. That’s not to say every minute is planned for but that we have a general plan.
Annabelle normally naps for an hour and half – two hours at lunchtime. That means our plans have to be morning plans or afternoon plans. Usually they end up being afternoon plans as neither of us are great at getting moving 🙂
As lockdown restrictions are being eased we are trying to take advance of getting out and about more. With the weather looking okay we decided to check out Balsall Heath City Farm. You can check out their website here.
The farm opened in 1980 as an inner city oasis to give children access to animals they might not otherwise get to see. There are over 50 animals on the farm, a great vegetable patch and plenty of other things to see.
The farm is free to visit but you can donate to support the running an upkeep. Due to Covid restrictions are in place and you have to book a time slot. The booking page can be found here.
Balsall Heath Farm is 10 mins from Birmingham city centre and 10 minutes from Kings Heath Park so is great for a quick trip out with a little one. The farm is small but perfectly formed. The staff are welcoming and on hand with help and guidance. We would definitely recommend a visit if you live in Birmingham.
Annabelle loves animals. Her favourite books are those filled with animals. If there is an animal of a billboard she’ll point it out. If there is an animal available to pet she’ll chase it down. It is fair to say we are raising an animal lover. Thankfully. We often decide on trips out so we can see animals. This trip was a dream come true for our girl.
The first animals we met were goats. They joined sheep in an outdoor pen that had fences you could feed hay through. The hay was available in buckets free of charge so we took ours and spent half an hour getting to know the residents.
After the visit to the pen we went back to the farm area. With the one way system in place we followed the arrows to the geese. The Chinese geese they have there are noisy! They greeted us with loud squawks as they raced towards the fences. We had spent 20p on corn that we feed the geese with.
From geese to chickens the next stop was Laura’s happy place. There were a dozen or so chickens running round and we all loved it. For some reason a chicken running never fails to make me smile. We shared our corn with them which seemed to make them very happy. It was hard to get Annabelle to move on.
After the chickens came the guinea pigs and rabbits. These were in hutches (although some were running free with the chickens). We even got to meet Peter Rabbit, which Annabelle was delighted with.
The last animals on the walk were the turkeys. I don’t think turkeys will ever be our favourite animal and the size of these turkeys certainly didn’t make them cute and cuddly. It was a good opportunity to show Annabelle a different animal though.
The final animal we got to see was the 10 week old chicks. Still in their incubator they are adorable and Annabelle was so intrigued.
We spent around an hour and a half at the farm and we can’t wait to go back. We want Annabelle to grow up confident around animals. This farm allowed her to get up close in a safe space and is exactly what we would want from a farm.