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HOT: Collingwood Children’s Farm, Abbotsford

HOT: Collingwood Children’s Farm, Abbotsford

I count my family very fortunate to live so close to Collingwood Childrens’ Farm.

Collingwood Children's Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

Other than perhaps Melbourne Zoo, I can’t think of any other places in inner city Melbourne where you can see the sort of animals that feature so much in children’s picture books. When Lady AB was a toddler her introduction to farm animals in real life was her first visit to Collingwood Childrens’ Farm.

Collingwood Children's Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

Collingwood Children's Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

The farm is not very big and there’s just enough animals there to keep kids interested. We spot cows, horses, ducks, chickens, pigs and goats in the pens, though it’s not clear whether you’re allowed to go inside the enclosures to touch or pet them.

Collingwood Children's Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

At 10pm and 4pm the cows are milked and on weekends and school holidays there are often extra activities, such as feeding hay to the animals.
Collingwood Children's Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
What’s even better about Collingwood Childrens’ Farm is that every month there’s a very popular farmers markets (held on the 2nd Saturday of every month) with beautiful fresh local produce and gourmet products sold on the large grassy (and often muddy) meadow inside the farm. When the farmers markets are on the entry fee is a gold coin donation and kids enter for free, making the Saturday morning very busy with families who (like us) can combine shopping with a kid-friendly outing. The markets have catered for the family crowd by even hiring a Mexican musician to play fun songs especially for the kids in the middle of the meadow.

Collingwood Children's Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

Finally, Collingwood Childrens’ Farm also has a popular kid-friendly cafe called The Farm Cafe.

HOT Tips:

  • Wear gumboots
  • Buy 1 get 1 free discounted tickets available through the Entertainment Book;
  • 10am & 4pm cow milking, no extra charge.
  • Limited street parking
  • Paid car park next to the farm and across from Abbotsford Convent;
  • Kids birthday party packages available – they normally book out 12 months in advance!
  • Farmers Market day entry is $2 per adult. Children are free and you can stay all day.
  • After 1pm normal Farm entry fees apply.
  • Every year the farm holds Winter Solstice Bonfire at the Farm. Tickets sell out quickly.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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