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Weekend Out: Spend a family day down at Sunflower Farm

Most Coloradans aren’t too far removed from nature. Front Range cities boast great parks and access to vast wilderness areas.

And while hiking or biking have their advantages, a trip to Sunflower Farm in Longmont offers families a chance to experience a truly rural lifestyle.

“Our intention is to give the public a taste of farm life in a real country setting,” says owner Bren Frisch, who has lived on the farm with her husband and three kids since 2000.

Beginning today and continuing every Saturday through November, Frisch and her family open the farm to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 55-acre property is used mainly to grow alfalfa, sunflowers and pumpkins. But Frisch has turned the farm into a kid-friendly smorgasbord of fun with simple play activities at every turn.

Hand-built treehouses lead to ziplines through the cottonwoods, with sandboxes and forts tucked into various nooks and crannies. Kids can pet bunnies and wandering lambs, go for a pony ride or collect eggs from the chicken coop.

Tire swings and climbing ropes await tots, and during chilly spring weather Frisch invites families to roast marshmallows over an open fire.

“You don’t want to rush in and rush out,” Frisch says. “You’ll want to stay all day, and plan to bring a picnic or even take a nap in a hammock.”

Frisch leaves the schedule open, encouraging free-form play and