Odds Farm Park was one of the places on my list to try and visit before Jessica finished preschool – one of those places that we’d been planning on visiting for ages but somehow never got around to. Last month, with just a few days of term-time remaining, we finally managed to enjoy a day out there.
We started off at the animal feed barn where Jessica and Sophie enjoyed feeding the goats and sheep with the food we’d bought at the entrance to the park. Sophie took a little while to get over the “tickles” and not drop her handful of food the instant a goat or sheep went to eat it but before too long both girls were happily feeding the animals.
We had fun hunting for the baby animals in the maze – managing to find them all except one. Jessica was not impressed that we missed one out but wasn’t too keen on going back in to try and find the one we missed either!
I had thought that the animals would be the main attraction for our day out but while the girls enjoyed feeding the animals in the barn and seeing the various animals we passed on the tractor ride and our walks around the park, it was soon clear that the various playgrounds and activities dotted around the park were more exciting as far as they were concerned. The swings were much more appealing than the prospect of watching pigs racing and Sophie enjoyed being quite adventurous climbing up but then got stuck as the slide was too high for her liking and Mummy had to go and rescue her!
Crazy golf was a big hit with both the girls – even if neither of them quite got the hang of trying to hit the ball into the hole using the golf club. It was much more fun to run around and roll the ball over the various obstacles at each hole.
The girls also had a wonderful time in the sand and water play area – digging in the sand, splashing around with water, riding on mini diggers while I enjoyed relaxing in a deck chair, watching them both have lots of fun. I could almost imagine for a moment that we were enjoying a day at the beach – something that is a rare treat for us given we live some distance from the nearest beach but this was a very good substitute!
It was a very hot day though and so it was a bit of a relief to go inside for a while and enjoy the soft play area which was much cooler (and quieter!) before going back to the barn to feed the animals again before it was time for us to go home. We managed to squeeze in some fun in yet another playground before we left the park though!
Overall, we enjoyed our day out at Odds Farm Park very much. The play areas were fabulous and by far the girls’ favourite thing. It wasn’t the cheapest day out though at £13.50 each for the girls and £14.50 for me. In all honesty, if we were planning a farm visit to see and feed animals, we would go to Langleybury Children’s Farm instead which is much cheaper for a day out at £2 for a child and £3.50 for an adult. The combination of the animals and the fabulous play areas at Odds Farm Park were brilliant though and it’s well worth a visit if you’re looking for a fun family day out.