Summer Fun Days, Ages 5-13

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At Casey Farm

Casey Farm offers special one-day programs that engage your child in fun farm activities highlighting the history and science of farming and farm life. Each program is run by experienced camp counselors in small group settings. Children visit with the farm animals and help feed and care for them as well as pick fresh vegetables for a snack.

All Summer Fun Days for 2023 are Sold Out. Thank you for a great summer!

Summer Fun Days are offered from June 22 – June 30 and from August 21 – September 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day. The age range and supplies needed vary by program, please check the individual descriptions. The cost is $65 for non-members, $55 for members. For detailed logistical information, please see the Casey Farm Welcome Packet.

2023 Programs

Birds, Bees, and Trees

Thursday, June 22
Today we will learn to heighten our sense of observation to discover the lives of wild birds, bees and the trees that make their homes. We will explore the nest and tool making abilities of birds, participate in pollination and become a group tree.  The day will be filled with activities, games and crafts such as Protect the Nest that will inspire curiosity and appreciation for the woodlands around us. Ages 5 – 12

Farm Safari
Friday, June 23
Learn about the life of a farmer while participating in farm-related activities. Visit farm animals, collect and wash eggs, explore buildings, dig in the garden, plant lettuce, water vegetables, taste a variety of organic vegetables, and play old-fashioned farm games. Each camper make a herb pot to bring home. Ages 5 – 11

Christmas in June
Monday, June 26
The farm is transformed into Santa’s workshop as campers become elves and discover the skill of toy making. Campers listen to Christmas stories, sing carols to the animals, and make snowflakes to decorate the tent and Christmas tree. Each camper takes home fudge, a marshmallow snowman, an old-fashioned toy, and several Christmas ornaments. Ages 5 – 12

Pirate Adventures
Tuesday, June 27
Campers spend a swashbuckling, action-packed day pretending to be pirates. They make eye patches, pirate flags, fake swords, pirate puppets, and paper pirate ships. Activities include a special visit by a professional pirate to demonstrate pirate weaponry, hunting for booty, playing pirate games, singing pirate songs, and racing pirate ships on our pond. Ages 5 – 12

Pioneer Farmers
Tuesday, June 27
Campers experience what it was like to be a pioneer farmer while learning navigational techniques and competing in an orienteering course. We will explore the forest and create a shelter, build a fire to cook s’mores, investigate ways of measuring, and play a pioneer game. In addition, participants will learn the art of bartering and make a pioneer toy to take home. Ages 7 – 13

Rhythm and Roots on the Farm
Wednesday, June 28
For the musician in all of us! Enjoy a day of rhythm and music at Casey Farm. Campers create their own musical instruments including a “piano” made of water-filled jars, drums made from old flowerpots, maracas, straw flutes, and more! Children spend the day singing their favorite songs, listening to the rhythm of nature, going on a musical nature walk, playing musical chairs, participating in the Broom Dance and other musical activities led by our experienced staff. Ages 5 – 11

The Magic of Science
Wednesday, June 28
Do you love science and want to do some great experiments? Campers will delve into science and nature-related topics through hands-on experiments and investigations such as optical illusions and electric circuits in the “Light the Light” activity. Come find out how much fun science can be! This day camp will involve learning the science behind chemical reactions with activities such as “safe explosions” and Elephant Tooth Paste and campers will get to launch rockets on our front lawn. Campers will explore mystery liquids, and investigate force by making a giant sling slot to launch potatoes as well as a smaller version to take home. Other activities include Fire Stopper, Feed the Dragon and Amazing Magnet. If you want a smorgasbord of all things science this is the day for you! Ages 7 – 12

Casey Farm Olympics
Thursday, June 29
Historically, farm kids worked hard and went they got a chance they played up a storm! Today’s kids invent a team name, construct a team banner and then spend the day playing at Casey Farm. Join us for a series of games with farm flair such as Farm Boot Toss and Sack Race. Other games are historic (Hoop Race, Quoits, and Nine Pins), cooperative (Capture the Flag, Egg Drop, and Run the Gauntlet), or silly (Cottonball Scoop, Balloon Over Under, and Clothespin Tag). Wear your sneakers and bring lots of energy. Ages 5 – 12

Woodland Adventure
Friday, June 30
Campers hike the Burma Shave Trail and then investigate the forest, animals, and trees by playing games like Protect the Nest, Deadly Links, Oh Deer, Camouflage, Tree Smash, and Earth, Fire, Water. They identify animal tracks and scats, look at skulls, and hike through the woodlands collecting forest items to make nature prints. Older campers find out how scientists observe, dissect owl pellets and count wildlife, while younger campers play Track Match, Track Smash and hide the animal. Ages 6 – 12

Crafty Farmers
Friday, June 30
Crafty campers spend an action-packed day creating a variety of things, from tie-dying shirts to molding clay, making mosaic herb gardens and vegetable mobiles, and building birdhouses. Your child will come home with hands full of the beautiful artwork created here on our farm. Campers will also play games and feed the animals at the end of the day. Campers must bring a white shirt to tie-dye. Ages 6 – 12

Casey Carnival
Monday, August 21
Campers enjoy carnival games with farm flair—some historic, some serious, some silly. Children start off the day making a carnival banner, then head out to play Nine Pins, Quoits, Boot Toss, Ring Toss, Electric Lawn Darts, and group games like Egg Drop and Track Match. The afternoon features more carnival games starting with Toilet Paper Roll Toss, Frog Jump, Feed the Pigs, Toss the Pickle, Football Toss, Pick a Nail, Fishbowl, Chuck-a-Duck, Whirlball, Baseball Throw, and Casey Says. Campers should wear sneakers and bring lots of energy. Ages 5 – 12

The Great Bird Caper
Monday, August 21
Welcome to bird day on Casey Farm. The budding ornithologist in your family can spend the day bird-watching using binoculars, making crafts such as journals, birdhouses, and bird feeders, dissecting owl pellets, practicing bird calls, and playing games such as Protect the Nest, Blind Old Eagle, and Egg Matching. They also learn about the various land and water birds here in Rhode Island, from the great blue heron to the snowy egret. Let your child’s imagination take flight on this day of exploration and play. Ages 6 – 12

Wild Water Adventure
Tuesday, August 22
Young ecologists discover the mysteries of three distinct southern New England wetlands: a rocky shore, a wild cranberry bog, and a man-made pond. Campers start the day with a short hike to the rocky shore to catch, observe, and identify a variety of wild creatures and plants, while exploring the world just below the surface. Then campers will enjoy a hayride down to the Narrow River for a supervised swim time at the waterfront. The day concludes with campers exploring a wild cranberry bog and a man-made pond ending with a game of Ice Cold Drip Drip Splash or Sponge Dodgeball. Campers must bring a bathing suit, wear water shoes or old sneakers, and bring a towel. Ages 6 – 12

Fantastic Fiber Arts
Tuesday, August 22
Campers spend the day discovering the versatility of fiber through a variety of hands-on activities. We will spin wool into yarn for a bracelet using a drop spindle, learn basic weaving skills then advance to weaving jute into a basket, and even discover how paper is made! Each camper has a choice of weaving a neon buddy bracelet or friendship bracelet or using a small loom to make a pot holder to take home. Ages 8 – 13

Imaginarium Day
Wednesday, August 23
Bring imagination to life on this fairytale story day! Bring a costume or come dressed as your favorite storybook character. We will spend the day exploring fairytales and using our imagination to create props for our original fairytale adventures. Campers will make paper to write their own stories, make masks and puppets, and build fairy villages on the farm. We will read stories and play games, too! Ages 5 – 9

Illumination! Light Fire and Illuminate the Summer
Wednesday, August 23
Light up your summer with a day of Illumination! Learn the art of illumination through candle dipping, lantern making, and the exploration of light through rainbows and shadows. Campers will learn the art of fire building, methods of fire starting, and the history of illuminating homes. We will create a prism exploration center and make sun catchers and kite paper window stars. Ages 7 – 13

Chomping through the Farm
Thursday, August 24
Campers discover the growing cycle of vegetables while exploring our fields, gardens, and greenhouses. Children harvest fresh vegetables, then head to the kitchen to prepare butter, lettuce burritos, ants on a log, and raspberry fool. They help plant, harvest, sort compost, water the gardens, listen to a story, participate in the vegetable relay, and make seed art to bring home. Ages 5 – 8

Wilderness Challenge
Thursday, August 24
Get your kids outside and help them activate their bodies and senses through exciting outdoor adventures! Free your kids to run, jump, and engage in problem-solving activities while learning safe and easy nature survival skills like shelter building, edible plant identification, and fire starting. This camp will build problem solving skills as campers face a series of unforeseen challenges or scenarios such as, to create and run a farm obstacle course, constructing and following a navigation course in the woods and solving the program of getting an egg safely across our irrigation pond. Ages 8 – 13

Bug Out
Friday, August 25
Let your child enjoy a bug’s eye view of Casey Farm. For the budding entomologist, this day has it all—spiders, beetles, butterflies, and more. Campers hunt for eight- and six-legged creatures to catch, observe, and release, while discovering which ones are helpful and which are harmful to farmers. Campers compete in a bug relay and see how many real bugs they can find in a scavenger hunt, play bug bingo, hide the bug and make a bug craft to bring home. Ages 7 – 13

Traditional Farm Crafts
Friday, August 25
Campers learn how farmers made candles out of wax and tallow, use handpicked herbs to make a scented sachet, make soap and practice the traditional art of making paper twist doll (or superhero). Your child will also make a historic toy, try their hand at weaving and origami projects, creating beautiful artwork here on our farm. Ages 5 – 10

Crazy Cool Hose-Down
Monday, August 28
Campers explore our farm pond and cranberry bog, catch frogs, water the garden, and then cool off in a series of wet and wild games, including Water Balloon Volleyball, Sponge Ball, Drip Drip Splash, Fireman’s Relay, and Water Balloon Sling Shot. After lunch the campers get to play in Casey Farm’s Water Olympics events including the Water Balloon Toss, Sponge Ball, Water Toss, Waiter Wars, and more. Campers must wear a bathing suit under clothes and water shoes or old sneakers and be prepared to get wet. Ages 6 – 12

Colonial Adventures
Tuesday, August 29
Campers discover life on a colonial farm: harvesting plants, creating dyes, learning how to trade, playing period games, and wearing colonial garb. Campers get to experience a colonial classroom, writing with a quill pen and make their own colonial toy. Each camper will learn how to spin and card wool to produce a wool bracelet before using natural dyes to color their own wool bracelet to bring home. Ages 6 – 12

Spooky Camp-O-Ween on Casey Farm
Tuesday, August 29
Ghosts, and Goblins, and Chickens! Oh my!  Come on down to Casey Farm for a spooky day of Halloween fun!  Campers come dressed in their Halloween best* for a day full of creepy crafts, haunted hikes, and tasty treats! The day ends with a trick-or-treat around the farm!  Each camper will try their hand at pumpkin bowling and will bring home a mosaic pumpkin craft, silly spider, spooky ghost and candy, of course! Ages 5 – 12 *Make sure to come dressed for the heat*

Around the World
Wednesday, August 30
Campers enjoy a day at scenic Casey Farm exploring different cultures of the world. Children start by creating a flag from a foreign country and learning that country’s national anthem. They make crafts from all over the world, including a Djembe drum from Africa, Japanese origami, and an Australian didgeridoo, and then play international games like Corre Corre la Guaraca from Chile; Pass the Parcel from England; Mbube, Mbube from Africa; or Skippyroo Kangaroo from Australia. The day ends with a rousing game of Capture the Flag and Steal the Bacon. Ages 6 –12

Farm Hands
Wednesday, August 30
Campers discover what it’s like to work on an organic farm for the day. Digging, pruning, and harvesting are just some of the activities your child will participate in. Campers learn about the organic methods that keep our farm thriving, help care for the farm animals, clean the rabbit hutch, move the duck house, feed the pigs, and collect eggs from our chickens. Campers bring home jam and an organic vegetable harvested from our garden. Ages 8 – 13

Magic Making
Thursday, August 31
Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble! Come enjoy a day on the farm exploring the magical arts! We will start the day with a hike to the bay to collect magical ingredients. Campers will be brewing potions, creating magic wands, and writing spells with the historic art of quill writing. We will play enchanting games, make paper plate dragons, and enjoy the charm of the farm. Ages 6 – 12

Making Old-Fashioned Food
Friday, September 1
Campers discover how nineteenth-century farmers grew, preserved, and prepared their food. Campers will collect and wash eggs, pick and pickle cucumbers, churn butter, press cider, and make ice cream, cheese, and jam. Kids will get to feed the animals and the day ends with eating farm made ice cream! Ages 5 – 12


Program Details

Time: Each program runs from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ages: 5-13, varies by program. For half-day programs for children ages 3-6, please see Summer Fun Half-Days

Cost: $65 per child, $55 per child for Historic New England members (Dual Plus membership or above, membership must be valid through August 31, 2023)

Each program is limited to twenty children.

Refund Policy: No cash refunds for Summer Fun Days or Summer Fun Half-Days. Camp credits will be given with two weeks’ notice.

Please see the Casey Farm Summer Camp Welcome Packet for detailed logistical information.

Type of Program: Camps, Summer Programs

Related Topics: Environment, Farming

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