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Hidden Villa is holding its annual sheep shearing event on the 6th April.

You can sign up here.  Note – it usually sells out….

 

 

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Saturday June 9th

The first in a three part series of ‘Preschoolers on the Farm’ starts at Hidden Villa, at 9.30am. Advance registration required.

It’s ‘sheep to shawl’ day at Elkus Ranch, Half Moon Bay, 10am-2pm, $7.50 per person.  A visit to Elkus makes a fun day trip when combined with an afternoon on the beach. Find the event flyer here.

9am-2pm it’s the Sand Castle and Sculpture Contest at Crown Memorial State Beach. Judging takes place at noon, and prizes are awarded at 1pm. It’s a free event, although there is a $5 fee to park.

Sunday June 10th

There’s still space on Hidden Villa’s 1pm farm tour. See here to reserve a spot.

From 1-4pm kids can help with the Historic Hay Harvest at Ardenwood Farm.

It’s the 5th Annual Silicon Valley Duck Race, 11am at Vasona Lake Park. See here for more information.

It’s the 13th Annual Butterfly and Bird Festival at Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont. 10am-3.30pm. See here for details.

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This year’s free Summertime Open House and Dance at Hidden Villa is on Sunday 15th July.  This event is lots of fun and sells out very quickly.  To make your reservations, see here.

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Hidden Villa is one of our favorite local spots and this week we paid it a spring visit.  Hidden Villa is an organic farm and wilderness preserve founded by the Duvenecks in 1924 and dedicated to the cause of environmental education.  It’s a wonderful spot for toddlers.  There’s an awesome, enclosed Education Garden with rows of different plants and lots of natural playhouses, tunnels and hidden animals for kids to “discover”. My boys will play happily there for well over an hour, running in and out of the tunnels and playing ‘house.’

chasing the hens through the tunnel

Making lunch in the playhouse

More tunnels

Further down the path there are animals to visit: cows and sheep by the barn, and chickens, goats and pigs beyond that.  Both boys love going into the field with the chickens where they can often get close enough to touch the birds.

Chicken Chasing

Lambs

 

We go to Hidden Villa fairly often as it changes so much throughout the year. Last time we were there over Christmas, four piglets had just been born. This trip we were able to see how much these babies had grown. The boys remembered the piglets and how they had acted last time and were able to make comparisons with their behaviour this visit.  Plus, the farm had just welcomed a bunch of lambs, some in the last two weeks, and the boys were delighted to watch these little “baas” (as The Puppy Dog calls them) frolicking in the muddy field.  I love having a place like this close by to visit where the kids can see the cycles of nature in action and note the changing seasons.  It’s a great value day trip – Hidden Villa just asks for a $5 donation per car.

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