Our children’s parties are always simple and intimate (even the supposedly “big” 7th birthday of our eldest) and have the same guest list year in, year out – their cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. (Click here for what I mean by simple, intimate children’s birthday parties.)
For Little Sir’s recent birthday, I convinced my husband to abandon our usual backyard venue when I saw Jensen’s Kinder Farm on Facebook months ago.
Run by stay-at-home mom turned urban farmer Stacy Borromeo, whom I first knew as a participant and customer of The Learning Basket’s events and bookshop, JKF is a backyard farm that gives city kids and their parents a close up view of and hands-on experience in growing plants and raising animals even in a small space.
A guided tour
With Stacy’s well-informed guided tour, engaging activities, and beautiful party setup (we’re the first for whom she did it) Jensen Kinder Farm is the perfect party venue for those wanting to veer away from commercialized parties.
Little Sir’s party (which he shared with his older cousin) started just like the regular JKF’s farm tours. The kids put on their farm-provided IDs, hats and boots and listened to Stacy speak about what her farm is all about.
I love how every part of their house has been utilized as farm space – the garage, doorway and front yard all have different plants growing abundantly.
The kids loved all the activities that’s part of the farm tour. They tried out different farming tools,
harvested vegetables and fruits and learned that ampalaya and sigarilyas are actually fruits,
fed chickens and harvested an egg each,
caught tilapia in a fish tank,
and learned how to propagate herbs via cuttings.
More fun stuff
After the tour, we proceeded to the function room adjacent to the backyard. I love how Stacy cozily decorated it!
As part of the farm tour, the kids got to make and decorate their own planters.
We also booked a pizza making activity for the kids, which I wasn’t very keen on at first because we get to make pizza at home anyway. But, I’m glad that we still did it as Stacy talked about the farm to table concept and gave the kids dill for garnishing their pizzas along with the toppings.
The kids were so happy and excited that they didn’t eat anything else other than the pizza that they made and some cupcakes. The pizza and chicken that we had delivered were left almost untouched!
While the kids were busy making their planters and pizzas, the grown-ups spent the time talking, eating and making and drinking tea from freshly cut herbs (peppermint, tarragon, spearmint). The peppermint was just perfect for my colds!
The party took about three hours of memorable fun. My birthday boy enjoyed it the most, declaring that “I will make our backyard into a farm!” and asking, “Can we have my party there again?”
Jensen Kinder Farm
If you’re looking for a laid back and truly interactive party for your child, a venue for grandparents to spend time with the grandkids, or for just some hands-on learning about farming, I highly recommend Jensen Kinder Farm. Visit their Facebook page and ask Stacy for their farm tour or party packages, stat!
Oh, and before I forget, we were lucky that Stacy’s brother-in-law was there and took photos of our party! All photos on this post are by Jensen Kinder Farm.
Have you been to Jensen Kinder Farm? What did you most like about it?