Brook Hollows barnyard is our special place in Denville, NJ. My son adores it and it is where time flows by… There is a bit of everything for a kid in that cozy barnyard which is a home to goats, sheep, pigs, cows, donkeys, peacocks, bunnies, chickens, ponies and alpacas. Observing and feeding them is a fun activity that make children experience the farm life, and get used to other domestic animals. However, animals are only a part of the experience. There are pedal tractors and an electric model train which goes through a miniature village as well as a fancy sandbox. Tractor rides and a cow train which take the kids and the parents across the farm are some of the fun activities. If your little one was born between May and early November, it might be a fascinating place to celebrate birthdays.
I also experienced one of my proudest parenting moments there. I was watching my son feeding the goats. It was the last slice of carrot in his hand. Two goats came by. I thought he would give it to one of them but he paused for a moment, looked at the goats, split it into two equal parts and fed each one of the goats a piece. His judgment and sense of fairness was an indicator of how nature brings the good out of people.
I would recommend this place to any parent. Spring, autumn and cooler summer day mornings are good times for your visit. It is located at 301 Rockaway Valley Road, Boonton, NJ and open Tuesday to Sunday between 10 – 4. Admission is $5 per person and free for those under 2. Needless to say, we have a seasonal pass which is more advantageous even if you visit it only once a month.