One thing that always amazes me is the ability of big metropolises to be so urban and then all of a sudden open up to something quaint and rural and unexpected. That is exactly what we experienced this past weekend when we drove about 20 minutes from our house to a small kids farm in the middle of Sao Paulo.
We actually missed the entrance the first time because it was so unexpected driving around the city and you couldn’t see any farm-type place from the road. But when we found it the second time around, we were surprised by how great the set up was for kids!
After entering the park and being shown around. We embarked on a fun excursion to get down to the level with the animals. We walked across wooden bridges suspended over the animal pens, checking out everything below us from the bird’s eye view. It ended with a slide that was fun for Cooper and a little awkward for the adults! We later figured out that there is actually a very large, straightforward and stroller-accessible ramp down to the animals but we wanted to enter with a bang!
We met some friends with kids the same age as Cooper and we were all excited to find out that there was plenty of space for the kids to run around. One of the immediate attractions for us was the horse and carriage ride made especially for young children. At first Cooper wanted nothing to do with it but then, he finally agreed but only if he could have the whole thing to himself. It was beyond adorable.
The kids can also go for pony rides but when I tried to put Cooper on the horse, he wanted nothing to do with it. I figured best not to force it! There were tons of other animals there that the kids could chase after, feed and pet. You can walk around and check things out on your own but there are also monitors there that organize specific activities to show the kids the various animals.
One of our favorites was feeding the geese!
And we loved giving the sheep some grass to eat. There were even a few babies mixed in there. Cooper thought it was hilarious feeding them.
I was absolutely blown away by the peacock they had there with all of its feathers open. It looked so amazing! Even Cooper was impressed!
And although he loved yelling “Naaa” at the goats and “Moo” at, well, anything, I think one of his all time favorite things was the truck and the helicopter made out of wood. A bit hit for him for sure. I practically had to bribe him out of there!
At around noon, we were hot and tired and ready for some food. You can buy food at the Fazendinha and they have a nice setup for it, but we thought it would be much more fun to bring our own food and picnic on the benches. It was a hit. The kids all played together while the adults got to chill out and eat some food in the shade. A win-win for all.
To be honest, I had not realized there was anything close to resembling a farm in Sao Paulo but this one was close, well-organized and a ton of fun. I highly recommend taking your kids there for a fun day out!