Inside the city of Overland Park sits a small patch of nature and history. The Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is a place where children and adults alike can experience what life would be like at the turn-of-the-century through interactive history lessons and hands-on activities.
The farmstead allows families and schoolchildren the opportunity to interact with animals by bottle-feeding baby goats, milking cows, taking part in catch-and-release fishing and much more. Several outdoor areas also are available to observe the natural environment of Kansas while enjoying the calming spaces which feature koi ponds and views of bison in the distance.
Along with the nature-centered areas, there also are plenty of opportunities for visitors to learn about history by exploring the turn-of-the-century main street which includes a bank, blacksmith’s shop, barbershop and interactive schoolhouse. The farmstead also invites visitors to learn about the history of Kansas’ indigenous people.
The farmstead itself holds some local history. Formerly known as the Community Park and then The Farmstead, The Deanna Rose Farmstead was renamed in 1985 to honor Deanna Sue Rose, the first female officer to be killed in the line of duty in Kansas and only officer killed in the line of duty in Overland Park. The farmstead stands as a reminder of the officer who was killed by a drunk driver during a traffic stop and her love for animals.
The season runs through Oct. 31 and is open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 per person and children under 2 years old are free.