Hands-on Fun for Spring at Slide Ranch

January 9, 2017

slide ranch spring flingSlide Ranch is a great place for family members of all ages. We tried out one of their family farm days in the past and my kids had a great time petting the sheep planting seeds, milking a goat, and making nature crafts. They offer guided tours and lots of hands-on activities, including collecting eggs from chickens, planting seeds, sampling from their organic garden, learning to make crafts and food just like the early farmers, and exploring the nearby tide pools.

Slide Ranch is located off of Shoreline Highway in Muir Beach. Below is a list of their upcoming spring events. Their programs often sell out quickly, so you need to plan ahead if you are interested in participating. Register for programs online at www.slideranch.org.

Spring Family Farm Days

Family Farm Days at Slide Ranch are relaxed four-hour programs that feature a wide range of activities related to the day's theme. Cost: $25 per person; age 2 and under free.

  • Spring Birds
    Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10 am–2 pm
  • Sheep to Shawl Family Farm Day
    Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10 am–2 pm
    Our clothing comes from animals and plants! Learn the whole process, from sheep shearing demonstrations in our pasture to wool spinning in the yurt. Watch a live demonstration of how sheep get a haircut, and local wool expert Christie Collins will teach us fun activities to show how that wool eventually becomes a sweater. Everyone will get a chance to spin wool and take home some soft memories of the day!
  • Ocean Exploration Family Farm Days
    Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10 am–2 pm
    Enjoy ocean-themed activities and a hike to the tide pools. The low tide will reveal sea stars, anemones, and many other marine discoveries. Each family will receive a free copy of the book, Exploring Low Tide in Northern California.

Spring Fling 2017

Celebrate springtime on the farm with live music, local organic cuisine, and hands-on farm and craft activities for all ages. Milk goats and feed chickens, meet baby animals, tour the organic garden, make fresh food, watch sheep shearing, learn about nature crafts, go on a coastal hike and more. It's Slide Ranch's biggest farm event of the year!

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10 am–2 pm

Spring Family Campouts 2017

Slide Ranch's Family Campouts are special overnight trips for the whole family featuring farm activities, crafts, and nature exploration. Enjoy a potluck dinner on Saturday night, and gather round the campfire for stories and songs, then set up camp in a spectacular coastal meadow under the stars! On Sunday everyone helps with farm work before enjoying a continental breakfast, then makes and bakes treats harvested from our organic garden. Campouts begin at 10 am on Saturday and end by 1 pm on Sunday. Cost: $90 per person; children 2 years and under free. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and participants must provide their own camping equipment and a dish to share at the Saturday night potluck.

  • Mother’s Day Campout
    Saturday and Sunday May 13–14, 2017
  • Ocean Exploration Family Campout
    Saturday and Sunday, May 20–21, 2017

Toddler Days

Enjoy experiencing the farm and gardens through your child’s eyes. Experience milking a goat, holding a warm egg from a chicken, and exploring the farm. Activities are toddler age appropriate, but all ages welcome. Toddler days take place from 9 am to noon. Cost: $25 per person; 1 year and under free.

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017
  • Saturday, April 15 2017
  • Saturday, May 27, 2017

For more information on programs and activities at Slide Ranch, visit their website or call (415) 381-6155. Sliding scale rates for some programs are available; call the Slide Ranch program office at (415) 381-6155 for information. Slide Ranch is located a 2025 Shoreline Highway in Muir Beach.