Kids learn 1880's Ohio farm life at metro park

Pigs at Slate Run Living Historical Farm
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At Slate Run, the kids who come with family and school groups, get to go beyond the fences.

"I didn't touch any but I got really close them," 7-year-old Cyrus Speegle, who was visiting on a school field trip, said.

Tika Divas and her daughter Celine are visiting central Ohio from San Francisco for the summer.

The timing of their trip turned out just right because they got to see the babies.

"She's both intrigued and frightened. Usually, when we go in California they're behind fences. This is a great interactive place for families and we love it," Divas said.

While the baby farm animals are a big attraction because the kids can touch them, Slate Run Farm is so much more than that. The kids also learn what it was like to live on an Ohio farm, back in the 1880's.

Visitors learn everything from how the animals are fed, where the water used to come from and what a typical farmhouse looked like back then.

After a day of learning without even realizing it, the kids walk away with some historic knowledge, a better understanding of life on the farm and a first-hand experience with the animals.

Slate Run Historical Farm is on State route 674 in Canal Winchester. You can visit daily for free Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The hours change for the summer months.

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