School holidays: Hay, it's fun at Golden Ridge Animal Farm

If only he had a brain: Keegan Nye and kindy visitor Caleb Jeremy stuffing a scarecrow. Picture: Natalie Roberts

If only he had a brain: Keegan Nye and kindy visitor Caleb Jeremy stuffing a scarecrow. Picture: Natalie Roberts

All that Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz was looking for was a brain.

The scarecrows at Golden Ridge Animal Farm need help from kids to get on their feet.

"Scarecrow stuffing is one of our new activities," said Alisa Nye, who has been running the family-owned farm at Dural for the past 10 years.

"They'll be able to stuff them, dress them, and be photographed with them."

The activity is offered as part of their third Be A Farmer For A Day event this school holidays.

"The last one we had was about six months ago. We got about 100 people a day," Ms Nye said. "Since then they keep asking us 'When are we going to do it again?' So here it is."

Mr Nye said the event was especially popular with kids aged 2 to 10 who would get to hold and bottle-feed baby animals, such as their new chicks, ducklings and baby rabbits, go on pony rides, see sheep and goat races, milk a cow, and feed ducks on the pond.

They can also meet a boy pony and a girl kid called Chocolate, born to Lady nearly three weeks ago.

"Gumboot throwing, egg collecting and kids' arts and crafts are other new activities we are introducing," Ms Nye said.

Look for the special golden eggs left around the farm and collect a prize.

There will also be fresh produce for sale — and duck catching.

"Not real ducks!" said event organiser and Ms Nye's brother, Keegan Nye.

"We're setting up a fake pond with floating rubber ducks and the kids will have a fishing pole and will be catching the duck to win prizes.

"We will also for the first time be opening up the paddocks for people to have an interactive hands-on experience with the animals."

Be A Farmer For A Day

Be A Farmer For A Day is from July 4 to 6, 11am to 3pm at Golden Ridge Animal Farm, 686 Old Northern Road, Dural.

Cost: $25, ages 4 and up (lunch included); $15, ages 1-3; free, under 1. Details: 9651 1028.

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