Kansas City with kids – Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

If you have young kids or grand-kids, you must come to Deanna Rose! Located in Overland Park, it was established in 1978, and ┬ástarted out as a modest petting zoo. It has now turned out to be an all day attraction. My children loved it when they were young and we went at least once a year and they’ve added on new and wonderful things since we’ve been there.

Deanna Rose has every farm animal that would have been seen in an early 1900’s Kansas farm with goats your youngster can feed with a bottle, but that’s not all. Come early and bring a picnic because you will find a schoolhouse complete with lessons, a dairy barn, where twice daily you can watch them milk a cow, a mining camp where you can try your luck at some gold. (My daughter and her friend, Danna loved the schoolhouse – they would dress up like Laura Ingalls Wilder and pretend they were in the 1800’s!) Another favorite of the girls was the Indian Encampment. A newer addition is Ben’s Bank, complete with tin ceilings and old school teller’s cage and a cannon safe.

The farm still has the age old fishing pond where my son so proudly caught a fish, the push pedal tractors, pony rides, and my favorite, the wagon rides. Additionally there are three play areas, gardens and numerous walking trails that make you think you are in a faraway jungle instead of the suburbs of Kansas City.

Don’t worry if you didn’t bring food, Deanna Rose has Alex & Emily’s Ice Cream Parlor with an original 1900’s back bar once located in Spring Hill. You will also find food and snacks at the east entrance and the dairy barn.


The best part about Deanna Rose Farmstead? It’s FREE on Monday -Thursdays and only $2 Friday – Sunday.So pack up your kiddos and plan to spend the day channeling your inner child at Deanna Rose Farmstead!


Below are pictures of my kids and their friends taken years ago!




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