Circle Rocking "S" Children's Farm Provides Opportunities for Those with Disabilities

Circle Rocking "S" Children's Farm provides Animal Touch Therapy and recreation for those with disabilities. Each year, the organization has visitors from all walks of life that come to see, touch, and learn about the animals and farm. The farm may be visited BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Located between Scottville and Manistee, Circle Rocking "S" Children's Farm offers tours by appointment, every weekday, rain or shine. A tour typically takes around 90 minutes, depending on the size of the group. For every five children in the group, there must be at least one chaperone. All visitors must wear slacks and covered shoes (no open toe shoes or sandals allowed). Treats such as apples, carrots, lettuce, bread, or animal feed are welcome. Visitors may give treats to the animals at the end of the tour.

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The barns are handicapped accessible and full of educational displays. Visitors not only see and touch the animals, but learn about local history and the family farm as it has been run from the 1800's to the present. Visitors get a chance to hold bunnies, look for fresh eggs, pet sheep, and enjoy other therapeutic experiences. The Farm is not a petting zoo where a person is loose in an animal pen. Instead, each animal is brought out to the visitor in a way that is very structured and safe. All therapy animals are selected for their calm temperaments and trained to be comfortable around wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, etc. The average visit for a person with disabilities is 60-90 minutes.

To keep tours free for persons with disabilities, a fee may be requested for other groups. Reservations are required.

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Blessing of the Animals, Farm Olympics and Silent Auction

The Circle Rocking "S" Children's Farm hosts its signature event: The Blessing of Animals, Fun Pet Show and Silent Auction each September on the farm. The event was created to honor the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi's love for all creatures.

This year's event is scheduled for Sunday, September 20th from 1-4pm.

The public is generally invited to bring their pets of all sizes to a special service and blessing. This event is free of charge, and you don't even need a pet to attend!

As a safety precaution, please have all pet and/or livestock on a lead, leash, or in a carrier, cage or container.

After the services, stay for the fun! Join in the Farm Olympics, and for a $5 entry fee, compete for trophies and ribbons in over 25 classes, such as pet costumes, look-a-like, and pet talent. For humans, there is pie eating, seed spitting, bale toss, chicken calling and many more games.

All proceeds from the Farm Olympics and Silent Auction support the farm programs throughout the year.

Other Events at The Farm

The Farm hosts many events throughout the year that are open to the public and are either free for people with disabilities, or at a very low cost to help with the event expenses. Annual events include:

  • February - Benefit Soup Supper

  • Weekly beginning in April - Farm Animal/Gardening Programs

  • April - 1pm- Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt & Bonnet Contest

  • May - Sheep Shearing & Wool Spinning. Free for those with disabilities, $2/person public admission. Reservations required.

  • June - Kids Barn Dance & Pot Luck. Bring your own table service and a nutritious dish to pass. Reservations required.

  • October - Halloween Hayride (1pm- Available slots; No Potluck, 4pm- BOOKED; Includes Pot Luck Dinner) & Costume Contest

  • October 31st-December 24th- Stuffed Animal Program. Free stuffed animals for low income families, non-profit organizations, and church holiday baskets. Pick up by appointment.

  • Year Round- School Tours

  • Year Round- Circle Rocking "S" Choir

  • For more information or to make reservations for the above events:
    Circle Rocking "S" Children's Farm
    5487 Tuttle Rd.
    Free Soil, MI 49411.
    (231) 462-3732

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    Last Updated: 09-12-2020 02:19 PM ID: 1606