Moon Farm opens for 45th playing season

Kids and grown-ups enjoy a train ride at Moon Farm Monday morning. The farm opened for its 45th season this month.

Moon Farm, a place where children and their imaginations run wild, opened its gates in Fruita this month for the 45th year in a row.

There are more than 30 themed playhouses on the farm such as rocket ships, castles, Egyptian pyramids and Native American teepees. Many of the playhouses also store collections of antiques such as vintage typewriters, old telephones, and dolls.

There are pony rides, a petting zoo filled with baby animals, a real train and a working carousel.

Most importantly, children are encouraged to touch, play and enjoy everything on the farm. The only rules are to be safe and have fun, said David Moon, second generation owner of the farm.

Moon’s mother gave the first tour of the farm to his own kindergarten class in 1965. At that time there was one playhouse, a treehouse and the old farmhouse.

His class enjoyed it so much, the family decided to build a new playhouse every year for other children to enjoy.

Three years ago, the farm offered summer camps to children filled with riding and archery lessons. Since discontinuing the summer camps, many area residents now think that Moon Farm is closed, Moon said.

“We’ve had a hard time getting people to know that we are still open,” he said.

The farm, located at 1360 18 ½ Road, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $4 per person. The farm is also available for field trips, picnics, family gatherings and birthday parties. For information, call 858-7176 or 261-6490.




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