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The 12 acre Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead in Overland Park, Kansas has farm animals, birds of prey, show gardens, butterfly gardens, nature trail, Kanza Indian display, one room country schoolhouse, playgrounds, fishing pond, horse drawn wagon rides, and pony rides. The Farmstead began as a petting zoo in 1978, and was renamed in 1985 to honor Deanna Rose, an Overland Park police officer killed in the line of duty.
In the 1980s it was focused more on the animals, but the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead Park was a big success and more and more people visited, while other people saw this as a place for memorials to their loved ones. Deanna Rose has become more of an agricultural theme park which grows bigger each year. One of the popular newer attractions is a large prairie dog display.
2021 Covid precautions include guests six and older wearing a mask or face covering when they are inside, or in a line to go inside. They should also wear masks outdoors when they are unable to maintain six feet of distance between themselves and others. The dairy barn, schoolhouse, Ben's Bank, barber shop and blacksmith shop will have one way traffic to promote social distancing. Guests will be able to pet and bottle feed some animals through the fences, but may not enter pens. The Farmstead hours were reduced to allow staff extra time for regular sanitation. Pony rides will be unavailable during the 2021 season.
Up until 2010, admission to Deanna Rose was free. Admission is now $3 for everyone age 2 or older, but expect to spend about $10 a person on activities such as wagon rides, mining, pony rides, pygmy goat feeding and fishing. One hour tours are available for groups of 20 - 30 people. Or book one of the many party corrals for groups up to 40 people.
On Tuesday through Thursday admission is free after 2PM.
The Farmstead hosts two free admission weekends each season. In 2021, free admission weekends are June 5-6 and August 7-8.
L-7/09. copyright 2006-2021 by Keith Stokes