Berkeley’s Little Farm, free and fun for all ages

Tilden Park’s Little Farm is fantastic and free. For the price of a head of lettuce or stalk of celery, you can get up-close-and-personal with cows, chickens, goats, bunnies, and more.

Tilden Park's Little Farm

Follow the signs for the Nature Center on the Marin end of the sprawling Tilden Park (not the Steam Trains end of the park). Park in the lot. Enjoy running around the big field or playing on the playground structure before or after your farm experience.

Tilden's Little Farm

The Little Farm is open daily, year-round, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Year. Round. Christmas, New Years, yes and yes! Because it’s a working farm, the animals need love all of the holidays too.

my kids at the nature center

Other tips:

  • New bathroom and paths now available.
  • The Environmental Education Center (EEC) also has clean indoor bathrooms and is open Tuesday thru Sunday (except for big holidays) from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • The playground near the parking lot is great for toddlers and preschoolers (though its rated for 5 and up) but NOT if your kid likes to bolt away from you since its lacking a fence.
  • No food available.

Still have energy after your visit to the farm? There is a brief hike around Jewel Lake that preschoolers love. Be warned: It’s a bit much for toddlers and not stroller-friendly.

Peter from the Poop wrote about his adventures at Little Farm as the first in his broke-guy daycare series. Other free adventures in Tilden Park.

[Photo credit: Brandi, Heather Flett, all rights reserved]

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  1. says

    The first time we came here, my 2yo saw the cow and screamed “Elephant!” with delight. Obviously our urban tendencies had failed our little dude who needed first hand experience with farm animals.
    Since then, it’s become one of my husbands favorite things to do with our now-3yo when mama wants some alone time. We try to keep celery on hand for just such excursions. The goats are always a big hit. Also, instead of walking around the lake, we use the numbered trail markers as a scavenger hunt and to keep track of how much stamina the short-legged one has before hubby has to carry him back to the parking lot.