Yesterday we all visited a Boerderij (Dutch for farm) De SteenUil which has been transformed into a restaurant with kids play area but at the same time still a working farm. It was sort of like Davis Farmland where there are activities for the kids including feeding the animals, but with great looking food and beer – and as an added bonus for me they have white beer! My beer snobbery is showing. But I have been lucky on this trip and had some yummy white beers so will post those later when I get around to it.
What 6-year-old girl doesn’t love a pair of wooden clogs!? I meant to pick her up a pair of slippers but forgot – next trip!
The kids loved it. Inside there is a slide which you go down on snow tubes – it was hard to get the tubes up at first but with some adult help they were on a roll. Sometimes they’d go one at a time, other times altogether. Here are a few videos of their slide adventures. Only one injury which Soren feels on this head going up the ramp but with two broken arms, we’re used to these boy injuries.
There is also an indoor sandbox and a smaller area for toddlers – but when we were there it was a free for all of all age groups so definitely not a ‘safe toddler area.’
After doing the slide load of times, they went outside to the swings, go-carts, and sand area – which I would avoid – cats love to use it as a giant litter box (which we witnessed ourselves).
Then on to my favorite part -feeding the animals which required some working for it. The farmer first had them feed the baby goats, then donkey, cats, and then had to bring their individual wheelbarrows outside to the scoop hay.
After all the feeding the cows, they got to give them a cookie… in this next video, you’ll see their long tongues were a bit too much for all three of them, including Nils.
They had a barn full of ride-on toys and bicycles [most of which were broken with flat tires] which if you found a working one, you could use. At his time Maebh still is not stable enough to ride but had some trying and the next day kept talking about the Dutch bicycle she’d love to own.
In the summer the place has more stuff like pony rides and more things outdoors, but it was still fun and we’ll definitely visit one more time before we leave back to Dublin. If we lived in the area, we’d buy a family membership.
Website: http://www.desteenuil.nl/ Which I believe is all in Dutch but you can still decipher the basics like entry price and location, etc.