Currently, I’m on a hunt to find fun stuff to do with my kids that’s free.
And a couple weekends ago, I stumbled upon Centennial Farm at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. I actually visited the day after it had rained and even though the ground was still a little wet and muddy, this place was really clean. You can tell the employees treat this place with a lot of TLC.
I love a hidden gem and I’ll tell you this, I’ve lived in Orange County my entire life and I’ve never heard of this place.
It’s actually at the OC Fairgrounds. Can’t miss it, there’s a huge red barn as you walk in. What’s neat about this farm is that it was created in hopes of educating children on agriculture so it’s a win-win. They’ll have fun but also learn some new things.
The farm is rather small, only 3-acres.
However, the space is definitely well-utilized. As you enter, you’ll see chicken coops, livestock (cows, goats, pigs, rabbits) and depending on what time you visit the farm, you can view a milking demonstration (obviously cows). Our favorite part were the pigs because who doesn’t want to see adorable piglets snuggling with their mama. I think my heart exploded.
From there you’ll find plenty of benches and sitting areas to just chill. I recommend bringing your own lunch or at least snacks since they don’t have a snack bar or anything like that. Plus, there is plenty of room for your kids to run around and burn off a little energy #momwin. As you walk in further, there are fruit and vegetable gardens to walk through. And each fruit or vegetable has a little information card near it so you can learn a little about the origin, what season it grows, the vitamins it contains, etc.
Reasons To Visit
- Kids can check out livestock (pigs, cows, chickens, goats, rabbits)
- Fruit and vegetable gardens
- Plenty of benches to just sit and take in the beauty
- Gets everyone off those SCREENS and you’re able to enjoy some outdoor time
- Extremely educational
The cool thing about this farm is that it’s something different to do with your kids. A little appreciation for agriculture never hurt anybody. FYI, Centennial Farm is open 7 days a week but I’d recommend checking their website since the hours do vary. And if you happen to visit on the weekend, the Orange County swap meet is open as well. One more thing to remember is that Costa Mesa has a lot of fun places to eat so if you’re grabbing breakfast or lunch, it’s a cool city. Just saying people.