Last month we visited a petting farm and playground in Santiago called Granjaventura. If your kid likes animals or needs space to run around, I’d thoroughly recommend it.

It’s based in La Reina district, about 10 minutes by car from Las Condes.

The main attraction was of course the animals. We saw ponies, sheep, goats, donkeys, ducks…

You can buy feed at the entrance. Most animals are super friendly.

Although some were a little too friendly. We left Papa to brave the sheep…

There’s loads of space and lots of wiggly paths to explore…

And some great play areas…

Some of which are more suited to older kids. Rafa got stuck…

As for the workshops, we made bread.

Rafa ate the dough… (this was before we knew about his allergies!)

And then to round off the day we headed for some face painting and a jump on the bouncy mat.

Kids exhausted, job done!

 

Need to know:

Hours: Open Monday to Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00 apart from 24, 25 and 31 December and 1 January. The farm remains open on public holidays. A friend tells me it’s best to visit on cooler days, as it can get smelly and there are lots of flies in the height of summer.

Workshops: Bread workshops are meant to take place every hour from 12.00pm onwards, cow milking at 11:00 and 15:00 (I’m not a fan), and horse riding at 12.00pm and 16.00. When we were there the timings did vary a little however, so it’s worth checking the timetable before you promise your darling little one anything. Face painting takes place near the bouncy mat, round the corner from the main entrance.  All are included in the entry fee.

Entry fees: From Monday to Friday $6.500, on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays $6.900. Additionally car parking is charged at an extra $3.500. Two year olds and under and senior citizens go free. Entry to the nearby park and not to the farm is charged at $500 per person, or $3.500 per car.

Food and drink: There’s a small food truck on the farm site selling empanadas, chips (french fries to all you Americans), ice creams and drinks. There’s also a separate food truck round the corner from the the entrance selling vegetarian and vegan street food, although when we visited it was closed.

Tel: +56 9 7668 5057, +56 9 9741 4354, +56 2 2275 2993, +56 2 2275 2881 www.granjaventura.cl

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