Kinderboerderij De Bossche Hoeve, Den Bosch

The kids are settling in well here in the The Netherlands. As expected the language goes quickly and the kids are picking up so much Dutch each day.   On Wednesday, I joined them and drove them  +3, to the Kinderboerderij De Bossche Hoeve which is not to far from their school. It is nothing fancy like Davis Farmland but rather a simple, well-run urban farm where schools and families can visit while in the city.  It’s still early Spring so they were very busy putting together equipment like a new slides and pavement, etc.

The nieuwkomersklaas of 13 kids learned about the animals, fed them and enjoyed playing for a bit after some hot chocolate inside.

They have an albino peacock, along with some turquoise ones, but unfortunately it didn’t open it’s feathers while we were there.  First photo is mine but the second is from the internet web search.

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Entry is FREE so you can support by donating cash into the box, buying feed and Soren and I bought 6 eggs which we ate for breakfast the next day.

Location: 
Kinderboerderij De Bossche Hoeve
Kruiskampsingel 565A
5224 KL ‘s Hertogenbosch
Telefoon 073-6233592

Opening times & more information: 
https://www.facebook.com/bossche.hoeve

Thursday, they are visiting a pig farm in Vinkle where they’ll learn about the pigs and make ice cream and if lucky, taste it.

There are several kinderboederij’s in the area, which we will also explore in time.  This website has a handy list and information about each one.

https://www.kidsproof.nl/DenBosch/eropuit/kinderboerderij-dierentuin-dieren

 

De SteenUil Kinderboerderij – Oirschot, Netherlands

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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.

Kinderboerderij in Jubbega, Friesland

During the third part of the weekend to the Netherlands was that Nils’ grandmother, Beppe will be turning 90, so the family came together at 3 pm on Sunday to have a celebration of her including cakes, dinner, ice cream with sparklers, signing and loads of speeches from her 7 children.  How wonderful, right!

Before that event, we visited a Pannekoekenboederij called DeKoppenjan– which all the kids  LOVED!  I loved the place too – it’s such a great concept – I’d love to own such a place – I have so many ideas and the mark up is HUGE!

We also go to catch up with some family members and their daughter who wouldn’t be attending the afternoon party.   Soren and Maebh spent a lot of time together riding on the things in the playground…

Their favorite part was the giant bouncy pillow out back – that they could have done for hours.  In fact, they are still talking about it.

After some pancakes for the kids, we were off to Beppe’s party.   I didn’t, however, take any photos here as I was just not comfortable – didn’t think it would be received well by many, so I left it.  And of course, I am not in a single photo – sigh!

LOCATION:

Schoterlandseweg 20 – 8411 ZD Jubbega

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