Friday, May 13, 2016

Let's Visit Brookhollow's Barnyard in Boonton Township, NJ!

If you're looking for a fun outdoor activity to take your little ones to, Brookhollow's Barnyard might be the place for you!  Nestled amongst the trees in cozy Boonton Township, it's one of those places that will always hold fond memories for you, long after your children have grown.


What is Brookhollow's Barnyard?

Brookhollow's Barnyard is a family-run petting farm.  Kids can feed and touch different farm animals, but that's not all!  There are plenty of toys and activities for children, too.  Read on to find out what they offer!


Where is Brookhollow's Barnyard?

The Barnyard is located in Northern New Jersey, not far off of Rt. 287 in Boonton Township. Check out their website for exact location and directions.

Kids can watch the goats climb up special ramps in their pen!

What Can I Do at Brookhollow's Barnyard?

There's so much to do at this little farm!  You can purchase a little plastic bucket filled with veggie pieces (usually carrots) and a plastic shovel.  Kids can feed the animals with their little shovels and keep their special buckets when they go home. You can purchase carrot refills for the bucket, too. For an additional small fee, you can ride a mini 'train,' too. Check on their website or call ahead to see what activities will be available for your visit.


There are lots of animals to meet and feed.  You'll see goats, sheep, bunnies, cows, horses and more. But the Barnyard offers more than just feeding the animals!  Kids can also explore and play when they visit. Here you'll find:

  • a cow 'train' you can ride (usually on weekends or busier days- it wasn't running when we went during the week. Small fee required)
  • tractor rides
  • pedal tractors that kids can ride
  • sandboxes with mini diggers and trucks
  • a life-size playhouse with play items inside
  • a G-scale train that runs through a small flower garden with bridges and water

What Ages Will Enjoy Brookhollow's Barnyard?

In this momma's opinion, the Barnyard is best suited for kids ages 6 and under.  But it all depends on your child.  If you have a real animal lover on your hands, they might enjoy visiting the farm for many years.  It depends on what you and your children enjoy.

The Jersey Momma's Boy and his friend C.C. cleaning up the playhouse at Brookhollow's Barnyard

How Much Does it Cost to Visit Brookhollow's Barnyard?

As of the publication date of this entry, admission is $5.00 per person.  Children 2 and under are free. Seniors are $4.00, and military personnel with proper ID are free (way to go, Brookhollow's!). You can also purchase a membership if you are a frequent visitor. There are extra fees for added activities, like feeding the animals and the train ride, but they are minor charges, so just be sure to bring some extra dollar bills (and check their website for the most accurate list of charges)!

When Can I Visit?

Brookhollow's Barnyard is open seasonally from late April/early May to October.  Check their website or Facebook page for exact hours!! In December, they open as a "Cut Your Own Tree" farm, but there are no animals during this time.  They also have a pumpkin patch for picking in the Fall. Visit their website for more details about what they offer seasonally.

Jersey Momma Tips

*Brookhollow's Barnyard offers camps, special events, birthday parties, field trips and more.  Check their website to see all of their events and offerings.

*There's not a lot of walking but you are outdoors, so wear comfy shoes.

*There are dirt paths but strollers should do fine on them.  There's nothing too rocky or extreme.

*See the photo below?  Do you see how grumpy The Jersey Momma's Boy looks?  That's a result of bees. Yes, the Boy has a bee fear and he was not happy by some of the yellow jackets flying around on this warm Fall day.  If you have a little one who is not fond of bugs, just remember you're at a farm!  It's not overly buggy, but you might encounter some yellow jackets here and there.  The Jersey Momma's Boy was fine, and needed to stop all that sulking!

The Jersey Momma's Boy was a big grump in this picture!

* Bring hand sanitizer to clean the kiddos' hands after touching the animals.

*If you're looking for places to eat, you can drive into the town of Boonton for local eateries.  Or if you're willing to drive a little further outside of town (maybe ten  minutes or so), The Red Barn in Towaco is a cute place with yummy food!

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