Programs at Kelsey Creek Farm

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Kelsey Creek Farm - The farm's programs emphasize its uniqueness, with children's recreational programs, seasonal camps, pony care and farm experience classes, farm-themed tours, and many volunteer opportunities. 

Join us for hands-on fun in the barnyard with your 2-3-year-old. Classes will feature various farm animals, barn chores, feeding, petting, and taking a pony ride – all the fun is right here! Children team up with a parent/adult to actively participate in this class. Come dressed to play outside and get dirty! Siblings under two are welcome in front or back packs.

  • Location: Kelsey Creek Farm Park
  • Ages: 2-3 Y
  • Hours/Dates:
    • 3 classes
      • June 1-15 (Wednesday)              10-11:30 a.m.       Register Here

      • June 2-16 (Thursday)                  10-11:30a.m.        Register Here

  • Fees: $75 (R)/ $90 (NR)

Your child will get to ride one of our adorable ponies on a private ride through the trails at Kelsey Creek Farm! Your child will learn the basics of horseback riding and experience the farm in a whole new way! Parents/guardians may choose to walk along, but no strollers allowed.

  • Ages: 2-3Y
  • Fee: $20 (R)/ $24 (NR)

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Join us for a farm adventure featuring animal care, barn chores, a pony ride, and baking yummy snacks.  This drop-off program is designed for the independent 4-6-year-old. Curriculum is integrated with seasonal themes, arts and crafts, stories and animal interaction. This class includes a pony ride. Children must be potty trained.

  • Location: Kelsey Creek Farm Park
  • Ages: 4-6 Y
  • Hours/Dates: Farm Explorers will take a break for summer and will return in the fall. 

Join us with your child for a fun Mother's Day activity at Kelsey Creek Farm. You and your child will get to feed treats to our farm animals and take the goats on a walk. Then your child will help us prepare a fun Mother's Day surprise! Adult/child teams only. A team is one child and one adult.

  • Location: Kelsey Creek Farm Park
  • Ages: 4-8
  • Hours/Dates:
  • Fees: $25 (R) / $30 (NR)

Bunnies love spring because the carrots are growing everywhere! You and your child will get to meet our adorable bunnies, do a bunny-themed craft, and find out what’s growing in the garden. Adult/child teams only. A team is one child and one adult.

  • Location: Kelsey Creek Farm Park
  • Ages: 4-8
  • Hours/Dates:
  • Fees: $25 (R) / $30 (NR)

Bring your tractor-loving child to this fun tractor experience! Your child will get to ride toy tractors, sit in the seat of our real tractor for a photo, and watch the real tractor in action. We will do a tractor-themed craft and learn all about what tractors do on farms. Adult/child trams only. A team is one child and one adult.

  • Location: Kelsey Creek Farm Park
  • Ages: 4-6
  • Hours/Dates:
  • Fees: $25 (R) / $30 (NR)

The plants and animals at Kelsey Creek Farm were domesticated all around the world. In this class, you'll visit our garden and pet our farm animals on a tour designed to teach about the domestication of farm animals and the places around the world where they came from. You'll see wheat and corn growing, learn about which animals were domesticated in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, and see one of the few species domesticated on North America. In this class, both children and adults will participate together in the activities! Adult/child teams only. A team is one child and one adult.

  • Location: Kelsey Creek Farm Park
  • Ages: 9-12
  • Hours/Dates:
  • Fees: $30 (R) / $36 (NR)

Farm Animal Pen Pals
Are you curious about what Kelsey Creek Farm’s animals are up to? Sign up for this program to receive a letter from one of our adorable farm animals! When you sign up, your animal will send you a letter and a photograph of him/herself. If you send a letter in reply to your farm animal, you will receive a customized letter in return. For each purchase, you will receive a picture of your animal, a self-addressed envelope, and up to two letters.

Animal choices: Rascal the Pony, Jackson the Cat, Harriet the Bunny, Eleanor the Duck

Explore the farm, play active outdoor games, create crafts, and make new friends. Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting. Each week will bring a variety of new and different activities.

  • Ages: 4-6 (Kelsey Creek Day Camp)
  • Ages: 7-10 (Kid’s Connection Day Camp)
  • Camp Fees: $261 (R) $313 (N)
    • *Adjusted Fees: July 5-8 $209 (R) $250 (N)
  • Hours/Dates: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Extended Care Package Available

  • Fees: $113 (R) $135(N)
    • *Adjusted fees: July 5-8 / $90 (R) $108 (N)
  • Hours: 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Gather eggs, get up close with the rabbits and learn what it takes to care for the smaller animals on the Farm. End the week with an old-fashioned tractor-pulled wagon ride and a western style picnic in the park. Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting.

June 27 -July 1

Explore creeks and wetlands at Kelsey Creek Farm. Search for hidden treasures, create fish print shirts and play a game of shark and minnows. Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting.

July 5 - 8 *

How far can an egg fall without breaking?  Mix up some magic milk and watch a bean grow.  This week will be filled with farm-style experiments, outdoor games, and activities. Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting. 
 

July 11-15 

 

Barnyard relays, challenge yourself through a western-style obstacle course and participate in a variety of active sports and games. Join us as we celebrate the week with Farm Olympics. Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting. 

July 18-22

Get ready for a wacky week of icky, sticky, barnyard experiments.  Watch “dancing corn” and create a gak-style mud puddle for your own pretend pigs to roll in. Come dressed to get messy and explore the world of science. Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting.
 

July 25-29

Did you know that owls, blue herons, beavers, and bobcats all call Kelsey Creek Farm Park their home? Create your own pair of binoculars and explore near-by wetlands, forest, and creek-sides in search of wildlife. Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting.

August 1-5

Learn how the Kelsey Creek Farm animals stay cool on those long hot days of summer. Fill water troughs, make frozen treats for the rabbits and watch the pig play in the mud. Get ready for some wet and refreshing fun! Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting.

August 8-12

Open the barn door and get to know some of the larger animals at the Farm. Help with barn chores, go on a goat walk and make a tasty treat for the pig. Enjoy an old-fashioned tractor pulled wagon ride. Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting. 

August 15-19

Fine arts on the farm, inspired by the Kelsey Creek Farm environment. Your elementary-age child will celebrate their individual creative expressions through exploration of multiple-medias. Paint with colorful acrylics, sketch on the farm, develop watercolor style with color theory exploration, sculpting with molding clay, create collages, and use oil pastels too. Dress for creative mess and bring your playful imagination. Instructor Diane Culhane is a renowned artist in the Pacific Northwest with a master’s degree in Art Education and extensive teaching experience. Her work is represented in galleries and shows across the country

$20 supply fee due the first day of camp.

Ages: 6-11

Hours/Dates: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a,m,-3 p.m.

Camp Fees: $390 (R) $468 (N)

*Adjusted Fees: July 5-8 / $312 (R) / $374 (N)

Extended Care Package Available

Fees: $113 (R) $135 (N)

*Adjusted fees: July 5-8 / $90 (R) $108 (N)

Hours: 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

 **No Extended Care Package Available August. 22-26

Join professional cartoonist Jeff Johnson for a unique opportunity for kids of all skill levels to explore the art of cartooning in an encouraging, positive classroom environment at Kelsey Creek Farm. Surrounded by historic dairy barns and the farm animals that call Kelsey Creek Farm, “home,” students will have plenty of inspiration to create their own cartoons. A series of fun, challenging projects showcase multiple areas of study including faces, bodies, character development, layout, perspective, lettering and much more. Emphasis is on developing each student’s own style. All materials provided. Come join the fun at Kelsey Creek Farm!

Ages: 9-14 Y

Fees: $400 (R) $480 (N)

Hours / Dates: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Explore our farm full of animals. We’ll meet a different animal each day, ‘work’ on barn chores, take a pony ride, make crafts and child-made snacks for a busy week. This special half-day camp will have your child loving our chickens, goats, cows, pigs, and rabbits

Join us at this hands-on adventure as you explore Kelsey Creek Farm. Children actively participate in animal care, making animal treats, working on barnyard chores, and learning fun facts about the farm.  Time to play, arts and crafts, and circle time helps children develop important social skills.  This special half-day camp will have your child loving our chickens, goats, cows, pigs, and rabbits.  A pony ride will be included.

Ages: 4-6

Fees: $250 (R) $300 (N)

*Adjusted Fees: July 5-8 / $202 (R) / $242 (N)

Hours/Dates: Mon – Fri, 10am-2pm

 

Active play, imagination, and creativity in a safe and caring environment. Trained and competent staff in a small group setting. Each week will bring a variety of new and different activities.

Ages: 4-7

Camp Fees: $261 (R) $313 (N)

*Adjusted Fees: July 5-8 $209 (R) $250 (N)

Hours/Dates: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Extended Care Package Available

  • Fees: $75 (R) $90(N)
    • *Adjusted fees: July 5-8 / $60 (R) $72 (N)
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Open the door to the world of science. Mix up some ooey, gooey experiments and see what cool concoctions you can make.  Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting.

June 27 -July 1     Register Here

Travel with us as we explore different cultures around the world.  Top the week off with a fiesta, complete with a piñata for all to enjoy. Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting.

July 5-8 *      Register Here

Create sandcastles, sift through the sand, and cool off in the water.  Use seashells to create an underwater scene and participate in a game of shark and minnows. Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting.  

July 11-15           Register Here

Join us for this fun-filled week, packed with great games, sports and non-stop action!  Run relays and challenge yourself through an obstacle course.  Participate in a camp wide Olympics.  Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting.

July 18 - 22         Register Here

This week, camp is all things science and art. Children will get a chance to put their creativity to work through rainbow themed science experiments and a variety of art projects. Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting.

July 25 – 29        Register Here

Take a hike and explore the park for unique plants, bugs and animals. Design your own binoculars to use when we go bug hunting.  See how many different tiny creatures you can find. Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting.

August 1–5           Register Here

Create your own sea creatures and plan on water fun all week long. End the week with a water carnival.  Get ready because we’re going to get wet! Trained staff will provide a safe and supportive environment in a small group setting.

August 8–12        Register Here

Teens will help with the animal chores, participate in special projects, and learn responsible animal care. Qualifications include understanding and following directions, ability to be on your feet for a physically active day, tolerance for being outside and working in a farm environment near animals, hay, vegetation, and dust.

  • Ages: 14-18Y
  • Hours/Dates: 
    • July 11-15 (Monday-Friday)          8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.         Register Here
    • July 18-22 (Monday-Friday)          8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.         Register Here
    • July 25-29 (Monday-Friday)          8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.         Register Here
    • August 1-5 (Monday-Friday)        8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.         Register Here
    • August 8-12 (Monday-Friday)      8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.         Register Here
    • August 15-19 (Monday-Friday)    8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.        Register Here
    • August 22-26 (Monday-Friday)    8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.        Register Here
  • Fees: $15 (R) / $18 (NR)

Counselor in Training (CIT) volunteers will assist Day Camp staff with children in our Day Camp programs. CITs will assist staff with daily activities for campers, provide attentive supervision during assigned activities, provide a positive role model for campers by exhibiting an upbeat, cooperative, and friendly attitude, and help campers learn and follow rules to ensure a safe and healthy environment. CIT volunteers must be punctual, follow directions, and demonstrate excellent verbal communication skills.

  • Ages: 15-18 Y
  • Hours/Dates:
    • July 5-8 (Monday-Friday)             8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.     Register Here
    • July 11-15 (Monday-Friday)        8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.      Register Here
    • July 18-22 (Monday-Friday)        8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.      Register Here
    • July 25-29 (Monday-Friday)        8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.      Register Here
    • August 1-5 (Monday-Friday)      8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.      Register Here
    • August 8-12 (Monday-Friday)    8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.      Register Here
    • August 15-19 (Monday-Friday)  8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.      Register Here
  • Fees: $10 (R) / $12 (NR)

Counselor in Training (CIT) volunteers will assist Day Camp staff with children in our Day Camp programs. CITs will assist staff with daily activities for campers, provide attentive supervision during assigned activities, provide a positive role model for campers by exhibiting an upbeat, cooperative, and friendly attitude, and help campers learn and follow rules to ensure a safe and healthy environment. CIT volunteers must be punctual, follow directions, and demonstrate excellent verbal communication skills.

  • Ages: 15-18 Y
  • Hours/Dates:
    • July 5-8 (Monday-Friday)           8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.     Register Here
    • July 11-15 (Monday-Friday)       8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.     Register Here
    • July 18-22 (Monday-Friday)       8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.     Register Here
    • July 25-29 (Monday-Friday)       8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.     Register Here
    • August 1-5 (Monday-Friday)     8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.     Register Here
    • August 8-12 (Monday-Friday)   8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.     Register Here
  • Fees: $10 (R) / $12 (NR)

Assist Kelsey Creek Farm staff with farm chores and learn responsible animal care while earning service hours for school. Participants will be working outside exposed to animals, hay, vegetation and dust. Participants must be capable of understanding and following directions. Volunteers need to be able to attend the first two weeks of the program. Teens will be required to show acceptable proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within previous 72 hours each time they arrive to the program.

  • Ages: 12-18 Y
  • Hours/Dates:
  • Fees: $15 (R) / $18 (NR)

Assist Kelsey Creek Farm staff with farm chores and learn responsible animal care while earning service hours for school. Participants will be working outside exposed to animals, hay, vegetation and dust. Participants must be capable of understanding and following directions. Volunteers need to be able to attend the first two weeks of the program. Teens will be required to show acceptable proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within previous 72 hours each time they arrive to the program.

  • Ages: 15-18 Y
  • Hours/Dates: The Saturday morning Teen Volunteer Program will take a break for summer and will return in the fall. 
  • Fees: $15 (R) / $18 (NR)

The stories at Kelsey Creek Farm provide a window into the wider history of Bellevue and the Eastside. In this tour, we’ll visit the log cabin, which was built in 1888, and see authentic artifacts owned by the pioneers who built it. We’ll tour the interiors of the barns, built in the 1930s and 1940s, to learn about dairy farming in the early twentieth century. Through historic photos, artifacts, and stories, we’ll connect the history of Kelsey Creek Farm to the settlement and development of early Bellevue.

  • Ages: 16+ Y
  • Hours/Dates:
  • Fees: free

Bring your current fiber project to Kelsey Creek Farm and work on it while meeting fellow crafters. This is an opportunity to gather, chat, and work on projects while meeting new people, not a formal class. Bring your own materials. Pre-registration suggested to reserve a seat, space is limited due to COVID restrictions. Masks and proof of vaccination or negative Covid test will be required. Questions? Email Stacy at sstenslie@bellevuewa.gov.

  • Ages: 18+ Y
  • Hours/Dates:
    • March 11 (Friday)          10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.       Register Here
    • April 8 (Friday)               10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.       Register Here
    • May 13 (Friday)              10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.       Register Here
  • Fees: free

This is an opportunity to learn about livestock care and farm maintenance, as volunteers assist Kelsey Creek Farm staff with daily operations, animal chores, and learn responsible animal care. Volunteers will be working outside, exposed to animals, hay, vegetation, and dust. They will work independently and be physically active. All volunteers will be required to complete a Criminal Background check and provide their Social Security number.

  • Ages: 18+
  • Hours / Dates:
    • May 3-24 (Tuesday)         8:30-10:30 a.m.     Register Here
    • May 4-25 (Wednesday)   8:30-10:30 a.m.     Register Here
    • May 5-26 (Thursday)       8:30-10:30 a.m.     Register Here

This is an opportunity to learn about livestock care and farm maintenance, as volunteers assist Kelsey Creek Farm staff with daily operations, animal chores, and learn responsible animal care. Volunteers will be working outside, exposed to animals, hay, vegetation, and dust. They will work independently and be physically active. All volunteers will be required to complete a Criminal Background check and provide their Social Security number.

  • Ages: 18+
  • Hours / Dates:
    • June 4-25 (Saturday)           8:30-10:30 a.m.     Register Here
    • July 2-30 (Saturday)             8:30-10:30 a.m.     Register Here
    • August 6-27 (Saturday)       8:30-10:30 a.m.     Register Here