Another way to connect with the history and heritage of early 1900s Kansas, where visitors of all ages can visit and interact with different animals, experiencing mining for gemstones, feed pygmy goats by bottle feeding, plus a live demonstration of milking.


Found in Overland Park, Kansas Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead has been a family attraction for years since it opened as a Petting Zoo in 1978. They named it after a police officer, Deanna Rose, who was killed in the line of duty.


Attractions include birds of prey, show gardens, butterfly gardens, farm animals, a nature trail, full-scale one-room schoolhouse, which depicts the old schoolroom of the olden days, plus the Kanza Native American display. There are also playgrounds, horse-drawn wagon rides, and pony rides, among others.

The Farmstead and its attractions

It is open every day from 9 am till 5 pm, but during Tuesday and Thursday, visitors can extend until 8 pm and can enjoy mining, fishing, pony rides, and other facilities. Children can not only appreciate the animals, the many activities, but they also get to enjoy it outdoors. Although most of the attractions can be enjoyed by kids for free, some have a minimal corresponding fee, but will not put a dent in your pocket.


Play areas that you can enjoy most are the water play, miniature tractor rides, animal feeding, sand play, walking trails, among others. You should wear comfortable shoes to make sure that your feet will not hurt while you are there.


You won’t have to worry about bringing food with you to enjoy because you will have plenty of snacks to choose from with the availability of concessionaire around the farmstead, not to mention the ice cream parlor that the kids can enjoy after a long, fun day.

A day at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead


Enjoy an entire day of entertainment and recreation at the farmstead with over 200 live animals for observing and petting. You can feed some animals around but should be with caution for your kids as well. Some animals there are geese, bunnies, turkeys, pigs, cows, chickens, bison, groundhogs, donkeys, goat, just to name a few. You can pet animals and can introduce them to young kids too, feeding baby goats with milk are for a minimal fee.


They exhibit another attraction in a dairy barn where you see a milking demonstration with a morning and afternoon schedule. This attraction is hosted daily.


Walking trails are also available and the butterfly garden where you may take photos and get some remembrance. The Indian Encampment is something that you should not forego because it gives you a peek at how life was for the native people of Kansas in the past.


Some free rides in the pedal tractor can be enjoyed by your kids, while other attractions that you can get to see include paid attractions and other historic elements.


This may be a common attraction to some people, but to your kids, this is something they will remember for a lifetime.

Visit our website

Learn more about Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art