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Rain, Hayne & Shine Farmyard

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by Julia Hebaiter (aka Julia Svoice) (subscribe)
Owns 'FoodLit'. Highly qualified, established food & lifestyle writer, former restaurateur, founder professional writing business, Articul8. Long, diverse writing history, passion for food culture, the land & inspired food language.www.foodlit.com.au
Published June 1st 2010
It's fun for young and old at Rain, Hayne and Shine Farmyard in Balnarring, just over an hour from Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula.

City slickers get the opportunity to leave busy lifestyles behind and get hands-on with a whole host of friendly farm animals of the cutest kind.

Feed the quacking ducks and gaggles of geese, bottle-feed a bleating lamb, or milk a mooing cow for a very real, rural experience you'll never forget.

There are hens, ducks and turkeys, as well as calves, horses, donkeys and pigs. Meet tortoises, farm dogs, a friendly dingo and even a ferret and some pet rats. (I'd personally give the rats a miss, but each to their own.)

Pony, goat cart and good old-fashioned hay rides add to the frolics and fun, while parents might enjoy a free cuppa while waving to their kids.

You and the kids might like to get in the mood with these images
of some of the world's cutest farm animals.

Rain, Hayne and Shine open 7 days a week rain, hail or shine also runs special events during school holidays. Keep an eye on their newsletter or give them a call to see what's coming up. Kids often get the opportunity to milk, say a goat, followed by a lesson in how to separate the cream, churn the butter, pick some wheat, grind it into flour, and then look forward to a very fresh, very homemade morning tea!

Those with littlies, or those who are kids at heart, might also like to check out the Collingwood Children's Farm or the Animal Land Children's Farm at Diggers Rest.
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Why? So you can dress up in farm clothes and wear a straw hat.
When: 10am to 4pm Daily
Where: 490 Stumpy Gully Road, Balnarring
Cost: $10 for kids over 3; $5 for adults and 1 & 2yo's
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