Birthday Parties-new pricing May 2016

Lots of new birthday pics at the bottom of this post!

PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE POST INSTEAD OF CALLING WITH QUESTIONS THAT ARE ALL ANSWERED HERE.   This same information applies to corporate events, neighborhood events, school events etc. Price can occasionally be lowered for churches and schools and for weekday events.

FARM BIRTHDAY PARTIES are for all ages at Winterpast Farm in Wake Forest, North Carolina. This ten acre fully fenced family farm is located at the end of Six Forks road at Falls Lake. Convenient to Durham, Raleigh, Wake Forest and surrounding towns. A whole lot closer than the zoo! Farm Birthday Parties are $550 (updated price May 2016)Farmer Mary has a friend who can bring ponies to ride for an additional fee.
The farm address is 12936 Ghoston Road. Wake Forest 27587 

PARTIES /EVENTS AWAY FROM THE FARM
Farmer Mary can arrange to bring small animals to your home party. BUNNY BIRTHDAY PARTIES are especially popular, with all size and colors of bunnies to hold and feed. Cost is $400 (updated price May 2016) for one full hour of meeting,holding and feeding. Farmer Mary will arrive approx. 15 prior to set up. Additional time can sometimes be arranged for $300 per hour or $150 for an additional half hour, if convenient.  Farmer Mary finds that one full hour is perfect for nearly every event.  Farmer Mary can have the animals set up either inside or outside your home. Other animals who have attended home parties include baby goats, baby lambs, baby chicks and other poultry. 

New for Fall 2016- Farmer Mary’s daughter, Elizabeth, is now available to do away animal events. If you pick up Elizabeth and the animals and supplies from the farm the cost is $200 for several hours. Elizabeth has had rave reviews and she is enjoying working independently while saving up for college. Please note the reason the price is half is You pick up Elizabeth and the animals from the farm.  A normal van or SUV is fine. All animals are crated. Here is a photo of the usual away event items.


At home parties YOU provide animal snacks. Some ideas are carrots (the pretty ones with green still attached make really pretty photos and the animals eat all of it), apple slices (the only types the animals don’t love are granny smith and red delicious altho they will eat them. They prefer yellow or pink varieties of apples) crackers (saltine,wheat,graham…animals aren’t picky about carbs!)kale (the longer stiff kind is easiest to hold as well as pretty in pics), celery (keep it long for those who haven’t held and fed animals before; the leafier the more the animals love celery!) 

If your home is very far away, especially on Saturdays when the farm is usually very busy with family visits, Farmer Mary may charge an additional travel fee.
Farmer Mary has also helped celebrate Birthdays in preschool classrooms and local parks. Where is your Birthday child’s favorite place? 


Text Farmer Mary with specific birthday party requests. Please state whether you want the party at the farm or your home, the date you want the birthday party, ages that will interact with the animals, remind Farmer Mary if you have visited the farm, try to provide as much information possible so Farmer Mary can simply reply “yes” and avoid endless back and forth texts. 919-244-1800. Please do not FB message, Instagram message, leave voice mails, or try to email. Texting ONLY please. 919-244-1800

  

  

  

  

 FARM PARTY is $550 (price update May 2016) for approximately two and a half hours at Winterpast Farm (including about fifteen minutes set up time and close down time so actual guests are invited for a two hour party) Please respect the time frame and encourage your guests to leave when the party is over. You can remind them that they can schedule a farm visit for another day. Farmer Mary may have other visitors arriving, or have plans to spend time with her family. If you arrive much earlier than fifteen minutes to set up, please realize Farmer Mary may be very busy with other visitors. 

 NOTE Farmer Mary can occasionally barter for part of the price..plumbing, electrical work, fencing, wood splitting, general handyperson skills are always needed at the farm!

Bring your friends and family to help celebrate your birthday at the farm. Unlimited number of guests and lots of fun for all ages. Grandma can sit in the shade, big brother can fly a kite or kick a football in the ten acre pasture, baby brother can nurse under a big oak tree or can play on the slides and swings or just stack up rocks and pinecones. Farm games include sack races, egg hunts, llasso the (stuffed) farm animals…(in all the years we have never gotten around to playing all the possible games; kids are just happy to BE OUTSIDE!) Bring your friends and family to help celebrate your birthday at the farm. Unlimited number of guests and lots of fun for all ages.

As your visitors arrive and park or drop off children, they can wander the front yard looking at animals in pens and start to feed them if they like. The animals include a llama, mini donkeys, pigs, ducks, peacocks, goats, sheep, emu and chickens. 

For farm parties YOU provide the animal food. You can ask Farmer Mary for a list of animal food to bring. Many Birthday hosts send along the list of food the animals like to snack on and the guests enjoy bringing something from their home refrigerator or pantry. There can never be enough food available to feed the animals! Animal feed includes carrots, cut up apples, wheat bread, crackers, cereal, grapes, celery, green beans, oatmeal and more…Farmer Mary has attractive green buckets and bowls to present the animal food for children to choose. Farmer Mary has lots of cute buckets, enough for each child to use during the party, with handles for animal feed. Some Birthday hosts bring brown lunch bags or other “feed bag” or plastic bins for each child to fill with a variety of food. This gives the early arrivals something to do and children can select food they want. Long carrots and celery and sturdy wheat bread is always nice for first time feeders. After children realize how softly the animals take the food they can move up to holding out baby carrots or even cereal on their hand!


Some older children ask guests to bring donations of farm food in lieu of birthday gifts. (Farmer Mary can make suggestions and many guests have expressed the great fun they had at Tractor Supply or Southern States trying to decide whether to bring llama food or bunny food or a bale of hay!). Many Birthday hosts send along the list of food the animals like to snack on and the guests enjoy bringing something from their home refrigerator or pantry. There can never be enough food available to feed the animals! 

 As of May 2016 the animals include a mini horse, two mini donkeys, two ligs, lots of sheep and lambs, lots of goats and baby goats, two emu, several breeds of friendly ducks, peacocks, wuail, chickens of all sizes and breeds, lots of bunnies and guinea pigs. At different times of year the baby goats and lambs like being bottle fed. Check the winterpastfarm page on Facebook for up to date details about babies at the farm. 


 Farmer Mary suggests you ask everyone to wear denim or overalls and that you give each guest a bandana to wear(nice cotton ones in all colors available for $1 at Walmart) -makes for fantastic photos and can serve in lieu of a goody bag later.


Many parties include  the donut game if the Birthday hosts choose. Little donuts (you provide; powdered sugar small ones make for cute photos and not too big a mess and serve as a little snack usually before the forest walk) are tied to strings hung from a rope between two trees. Children hold their hands behind their backs and try to eat the donut. 


 Parents and friends are welcome take photographs or enjoy time together in the. front yard where most of the baby animals are located. The group needs to stick together and parents are expected to keep a general eye on their children while at the farm. Chasing animals and screaming is not allowed. Farmer Mary has raised four teens and is an experienced mother and can deal with most behavior but appreciates some help at times.

On rare rainy days, parties can move indoors to the Great Room where there’s lots of space, swings, a climbing wall, baby animals and plenty of chairs for grownups. Cupcakes or cakes and drinks, gifts, can be handled here on rainy days. 


A new (2013) composting toilet is available outside by the peacock pen. Farmer Mary always has wipes and hand sanitizer available after petting animals. There is also hot water and antibacterial soap available at the barn near the entrance to the farm. 

FARM BIRTHDAY PARTY is great for any age child. We have hosted parties for one year olds up to an evening bonfire party for a forty year old’s party!

Feel free to bring a balloon to put on the mailbox by the road or to set up party tents in the front yard ahead of time. Hoses and sprinklers are available if you want water fun. Water balloons are a big hit on hot summer days. Balloons along the fenceline are always a festive note and extra cute for pictures.

Farmer Mary suggests you set up a date and time soon to come visit the farm (for free) and talk VERY briefly about your party plans. Text Farmer Mary with specific birthdayrequests. Please state date you want the birthday party, where you want the birthday party, ages that will interact with the animals, remind Farmer Mary if you have visited the farm, try to provide as much information possible so Farmer Mary can simply reply “yes” and avoid endless back and forth texts. 919-244-1800. Please do not FB message, Instagram message, leave voice mails, or try to email. Texting ONLY please. 919-244-1800

Texting to arrange party details is always best at 919-244-1800
Farm address is 12936 Ghoston Road Wake Forest NC 27587

If it rains the party can either be rescheduled or it can move indoors with plenty of small animals being brought into the house for children to meet and pet and hold…probably not a emu or a donkey-those can be met and petted in the barn! Baby goats, bunnies, ducklings and chicks love to be petted and picked up. New bunnies like petting and with so many people donating their unwanted pets, Farmer Mary thinks there will be no shortage of baby bunnies in the future!

  

  

  

 YOU bring the birthday cake (or cupcakes seem popular these days), drinks, ice, snacks, donuts for the donut game, any food -ice cream cakes can stay in Farmer Mary’s freezer. You can do a cookout if you can provide a grill. Several picnic tables are available and pretty seasonal table cloths can be provided. Farmer Mary has lots of trays, serving spoons and knives etc… 

 Optional to bring: bandanas and/or straw or cowboy hats for the kids, tablecloths (farmer Mary has some) Some people like to have egg hunts with little plastic farm animals or candy in the eggs. Farmer Mary and her children can hide the eggs (or how about plastic bugs or lizards? Check the dollar stores and Target’s dollar aisle for great ideas) along the forest path if you like. Pinatas can be hung from one of the large trees in the front yard.

Text Farmer Mary with specific birthday party requests. Please try to provide as much information possible so Farmer Mary can simply reply “yes” and avoid endless back and forth texts. 919-244-1800. Please do not FB message, Instagram message, leave voice mails, or try to email. Texting ONLY please. 919-244-1800
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