by Leslie P


Looking for a great way to teach your kids about farm animals? Whether you are teaching animal sounds to younger kids, or looking for farm activities for older kids, Critter Barn in Zeeland has opportunities for all ages. You can visit a horse, cows, calves, chickens, sheep, pigs, goats and many more. Here are five reasons to spend a day on the farm at Critter Barn.


1. It’s FREE – The Critter Barn’s goal is for every child to have the opportunity to visit the farm. Admission is a free-will donation and everyone is welcome. You will find donation boxes at the main barn. Every dollar goes directly to supporting the animals and the farm.


2. Feeding the Animals – Grab a bucket of hay and visit the goats, bunnies and sheep. In the spring, bottle feeding baby goats is a big favorite. The Critter Barn has been running for 28 years, and the animals are very friendly and enjoy visitors.

Feeding 1Sheep

3. Hands-on Education – In addition to feeding the animals, there are pens you can enter, including pygmy goats. You can also pet rabbits, chicks, lambs, calves and more in the main barn.


4. Classes, Events, and Field Trips – Critter Barn is open Monday-Saturday, but they also offer special classes, events and even field trips. You can check out their website or facebook page for updates. Some of the classes are a small fee. My family attended their “Spring Fling” event and loved seeing all of the baby animals. There is a fee for school field trips, classes and their traveling farm program.


5. Goods For Sale – Before you leave, you can stop at the main barn to purchase fresh eggs, a hat, t-shirt or even a roasting chicken “ready for the oven” to take home. Some of their animals, including rabbits, are for sale as pets. This is another way you can support the farm.


Tips From a Parent

  • Wear boots or shoes you don’t mind getting a little dirty and dusty.
  • After touching the animals, there are hand-washing stations available at the main barn.
  • They currently only have Porta-Jon bathrooms, so plan accordingly.
  • You can pack a lunch and eat at one of their outdoor or indoor picnic areas.
  • There is limited parking behind the barn, or there is overflow parking on the north shoulder of Adams Street (100th off US 131).

More Information

Critter Barn
9275 Adams Street
Zeeland, MI 49464
(616) 748-1110


March 2018 hours: Monday-Saturday:  10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday:  Closed