Spring has many heralds in St. Louis: the Cardinals are playing in Jupiter, the Missouri Botanical Garden is sprouting crocus (croci?) and Purina Farms is hosting the Spring Time Village.

On March 18, 2015  Purina Farms in Gray Summit–just a big bunny hop from Eureka–will open for business once again!

Springtime Village, the Farm’s annual nod to Easter, will be held from March 18 to April 4, 2015.

There’s plenty of fun for little kids anytime you go to Purina Farms. But Springtime Village is when they have a bumper crop of baby animals to admire and a special visit by Peter Cottontail. Kids under 12 can participate in the Great Golden Egg Grab by selecting a prize winning egg from a wagon in the Visitor’s Center. One egg will be worth $50. (My kids got a piece of candy last year, they were pretty happy with that.) The egg grab is ONLY ON THE WEEKENDS.

This year’s Egg Hunt is on March 29 at 11am and 2pm out on the show field. You’ll need to pre-register for the event–NO WALK INS. Their will be three age groups: 0 to 3, 4 to 6 and 7 to 12. The baby group is FREE, everyone else is $5. Eggs will have candy and toys.

The farm is home to domestic farm animals: cows, pigs, chickens, horses, etc. Be sure to check the schedule when you arrive to have your kids participate in a hands on milking demonstration! There are also dog shows featuring herding dogs who do incredible tricks and a play area in the barn’s hay loft to entertain and educate the kids.

Visiting Purina Farms is free, but you need to tell them you’re coming in advance! Call them at 314-982-3232 or 888-688-PETS (7387) during the week to set up your visit.

This spring the farm is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 9:30am to 3pm (4pm on the weekends). In the summer they will be open on Tuesdays also.

Purina Farms will be closed on Easter Sunday.

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