(From Fairbank Animal Farm Website)
The farm opens an animal barn and pumpkin fields on weekends in October for drop-in traffic. Families, couples, and individuals who want to buy pumpkins and see and pet chicks, ducklings, calves, sheep, goats, ponies, pigs, and rabbits are welcome and will enjoy their time at the farm. Upon entering each person receives a cup of animal food they can throw to the ducks and chickens in the chicken run. Other activities:
Large variety of farm animals for petting and some for feeding.
Explore a Vegetable Garden, wander up Hidden Bear Trail to Pumpkin Land where perfect pumpkins and gourds are ready to be picked.
Enjoy Tiny Tot "maize maze" and Hay Tunnel.
See poultry hatching.
Harvest time theme; nothing scary; lots of baby animals
Admission $2.50 per person, 10 months and up
Pumpkins $1.00 and up
Gourds $0.50 and up
Parking is free
On weekdays educational tours are given to registered school groups. The children will have the opportunity to pet and learn about many farm animals including pigs, ducks, turkeys, goats, ponies, sheep, calves, peacocks, and chickens. Tours must have a minimum of 8 children.
In October the tour guide focuses on harvest and the children get to feed pumpkins to the pigs. They each also get to take home a sugar pumpkin that they pick out of the field. The entrance fee for children is $5.00/child and adults are free for the weekday registered tours. The entrance fee includes one pumpkin per child.
In April the children get to help feed a baby cow, or calf, and the focus is on baby animals. They will get to pet chicks and ducklings and learn about eggs. The entrance fee is $5.00/child and adults are free for weekday registered tours.
I have no idea how this place hasn't been shut down by the health inspector. The ONE honey bucket toilet for 200+ people during 1 hour was overflowing with poo and smelled! Then you go into this small, unkept and unsightly so-called farm where the goat pen looked like it was covered in poo too! How can this be a farm when they don't even know how to take care of the animals. The only 2 little things they grew were rotting in the garden. But you were distracted by the plastic bunnies and kitchy crap. Avoid this place and call the healthy inspector and State Vet to send in your complaints.
The only one container of Purell was empty.
AND, they people there don't care. That's the worst of it.
We generally drive an hour or so outside of Seattle to visit pumpkin patches, but didn't feel up to it this time. So we ended up at Fairbank Farm. And we thought it was a nice choice!
Parking is free and was fairly plentiful, and admission was $2.50 per person, including a cup of animal feed. My kids had fun throwing feed to the animals and checking them all out. The animal area can be a little muddy if it rains, so dress accordingly. My son absolutely adored the kids hay area and probably would have stayed and played in the hay all day if we'd let him.
After we were done with the animals and hay, we put the kids in one of the wheelbarrows provided by the farm and headed to the pumpkin area. It wasn't huge, but we were able to find a couple of nice pumpkins and thought the prices were reasonable.
This is a good option if you're in the Seattle area and don't feel like driving far outside of the city for your farm/pumpkin experience.
This was the worst "farm" Ive ever been to. There was literally rotting wood and piles of tires lying around. The animal part is just farm animals behind chicken wire in make-shift pens- the geese and ducks just had a kiddie pool full dirty water. I felt sorry for the animals.
The pumpkin patch is just a small grassy aarea with pumpkins on the ground- they arent grown there, and there are only small sugar pumpkins (find for toddlers, not for a family looking to carve a pumpkin).
Its very small - you could do the whole thing in 20 minutes. There's a garden you can walk through with some veggies but there are signs that the kids arent to touch anything.
When you go on a class trip the only animal the kids can touch are goats- nothing else. So much for "hands on"!
The geese had a cap of a pickup bed for shelter.
This is a makeshift petting zoo behind wire, where you cant touch anything. Theres a cement slab path to the "pumpkin patch" with pumpkins they brought in and dumped in the field.
Seriously a waste of time and money.