Bonnybrook Farms Adventure
By Terri Weeks

Looking for some old-fashioned fun and a yummy farm-cooked dinner that the whole family will enjoy? Head to Bonnybrook Farms in Clarksville for their Chuck Wagon Dinner that is held on Saturday nights June through September. My family spent our Fourth of July holiday with the friendly folks at Bonnybrook.

Arrival is at 5 p.m. Bonnybrook gives you an hour to work up an appetite while exploring the farm and trying out various recreational activities. It isn’t always easy to entertain teens, but the Giant Slingshots were a big hit with my kids. The goal is to shoot a tennis ball into a wagon.

We also enjoyed the silly fun of Clodhopper Golf. It’s similar to miniature golf, but the putter is an ax handle with a horseshoe attached which you use to hit an inflated plastic ball. If your aim is off, your ball ends up in the weeds. It’s harder than it looks.

Next, we strolled out to the animal barn to visit and pet the horses, goats, and donkeys. The farm also has a lake where you can feed the fish or go fishing (catch and release).

Bonnybrook has a Farm Yard Play Area that’s perfect for younger kids. There are swings, see saws, a sand play area, and a giant underground slide. Kids love to scramble up the hill then slide through the tunnel.

Before we knew it, the dinner bell rang calling us to the beautifully decorated Gathering Barn for dinner. The menu includes hickory-smoked pork and chicken, Nathan’s hot dogs, Asian cole slaw, red-skinned potato salad, and baked macaroni and cheese. Everything is freshly made on the farm and delicious.

After dinner we had a little more time to play, and then at 7:30 it was time for the wagon ride.

The wagon ride took us down a winding country road through woods and fields where we saw deer. After a scenic ride, we arrived down at the creek where dessert was ready and waiting for us. Steaming hot coffee, apple cake, and chocolate chip cookies were waiting for us. We enjoyed our desserts around a campfire. Bonnybrook also supplied everything we needed to make s’mores.

When everyone was completely stuffed, we watched the sun set as the wagon took us back to the Gathering Barn. Bonnybrook Farms’ Chuck Wagon Dinner got five thumbs up from my family. There was something fun for all ages.

The Chuck Wagon Dinners run through September. In October, Bonnybrook hosts Fall Farm Days, Lantern Light Wagon Rides, and a Corn Maze.

Bonnybrook Farms is convenient to Cincinnati (42 miles), Dayton (40 miles), and Columbus (73 miles). The price for the Chuck Wagon Dinner includes dinner, dessert, and all activities. Adults $40, Children (5-12) $28, and no charge for children 4 and under. Reservations required. 937-289-2500

About the Author

Terri WeeksTerri Weeks is a family travel writer in the Cincinnati area and one of the authors of the bestselling book Adventures Around Cincinnati: A Parent's Guide to Unique and Memorable Places to Explore with your Kids. She and co-author, Laura Hoevener, speak to groups all over Greater Cincinnati and are regular guests on the FOX19 Morning Xtra news program. You can find them at www.adventuresaroundcincinnati.com. Terri and her family are on a mission to visit all 50 states by the time her kids graduate from high school. She blogs about their travels at www.travel50stateswithkids.com and is the author of the ebook How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips. She’s a member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association.