Summer is coming to an end and with one weekend left, I had to whizz up a quick review on the Kia Ora Mini Farm located on the outskirts of Courtown, Wexford. With a host of attractions, the two kids legged it once inside. I couldn’t tell you the number of trucks, tractors, go karts and trikes sitting around the grounds of the mini farm. We couldn’t get the boy off them. He hopped from one to another the whole day.
The boy had no interest in the animals, although he sat on a little stool and milked a life-sized cow for the guts of an hour. He was fascinated. The big kid and Kadie loved the animals. We got to pet some pups, kittens, rabbits and they had lots of birds, some chinchillas and there was a parrot sitting freely up high in the barn.
While the boy was milking the cow and pouring the water all over the place a decommissioned fire engine pulled up and he lost his life. He was so excited, the noise, the colours, the lights. However, he would not step a foot in it. The girls and Joe took a ride in it and loved it, It takes about ten minutes and you can take as many rides on it once there’s no queue.
Another main attraction at Kia Ora Mini Farm is the diggers, again the boy couldn’t contain his excitement. We arrived early so he had a good twenty-minute play on it before a queue began to form. He still talks about the diggers and considering he’s only two they are pretty easy to work.
There are a couple of walled sand pits for the smallies. Kadie isn’t a fan of sand at all but she enjoyed chewing the hundreds of buckets and spades. Kayla loved the mini diggers in the sand pits but only one or two of them actually worked. She was getting frustrated as the metal had worn and the sand was seeping through before she could even lift. Fun all the same.
There is a little cafe on site selling sambo’s, snacks, cakes and hot drinks. We brought a picnic so availed of the huge picnic area outside. The coffee was average, you know me, I like me coffee. The coffee machine must be ancient as it took ages. The food in the cafe is quite reasonable and there was plenty to choose from, from what I could see.
There is animal feeding throughout the day, and it’s a great opportunity for the kids to get up close and personal with the animals. They have alpaca’s, deer, goats, pot bellied pigs and ducks just to name a few.
Other attractions at the Kia Ora Mini Farm include go-karts, a maze, and crazy football. The maze was great craic, and easy enough for the kids. We didn’t use the go-karts nor did we try the crazy golf but other seems to love it.
Tip: if you’re over 5”6 don’t go down the kids blue slide at the maze. I’m well aware it for kids BUT it nearly took me head.
I love that the whole farm is wheelchair accessible, handy especially when you are dragging a double buggy around. The toilets were spotless as was the picnic area. And I cannot applaud the staff enough, each and everyone of them friendly and very accommodating. There was a lovely atmosphere about the place.
The Kia Ora Mini Farm is the best mini farm we’ve been to yet, the kids still haven’t shut up about some of the attractions. I love that there is no extra charges once inside and there is something for all ages. For €7 per head you cannot go wrong, this place is well worth a visit before summer is out!
For more information check out their website.