Children can hug, paint with goats during 'Join the Herd' event this weekend

Published on Friday, 28 August 2020 13:04


SOUTHINGTON – Looking for something to do with the little ones this Sunday? How about cuddling with goats or making paintings with them?

Bradley Mountain Farms, located at 537 Shuttle Meadow Road in Southington, is inviting children ages 3 and up a chance to step over their fence and meet with their dairy goat herd in their own environment. The event will allow children, accompanied by an adult, to spend 15 minutes with the friendly goats whom owner Anneliese Dadras said are “great with people.” Children will also be given a bag of goat food to feed the animals.

“There will be plenty of time for hugs and to take pictures,” Dadras said. “We started offering Join the Herd in July when the state entered stage 3 of reopening. It’s been going really good. The goats having people back on farm. When we were under quarantine, they would stare out of the gates wondering where everyone was. Our farm just isn’t the same without kids visiting. It’s great to have activities going on and to give people a chance to get outside and enjoy what’s left of the summer.”

Parents can reserve a time for the Join the Herd at 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Sunday.

Dadras said the Goat Farm has added lots of new covid-compliant events with different time frames on Sundays.

“We have a lot of 30 minute activities for younger children who have shorter attention spans and if you want to snuggle with a goat for an hour we have that toward the end of the day.”

One of Bradley Mountain Farms’ new events, which will also be held this Sunday, will be painting with the “Van Goat Artists.” The goats have been trained to scratch at non-toxic paint placed on a canvas with their hooves to create the artwork. The goats have even been recognized for their artistic talents, having their works displayed at Southington Public Library earlier this year.

“When we had the goat artwork displayed, people were really excited about it,” said Dadras. “We had a promotion where people could guess which goat created what painting in order to win a painting. We didn’t realize until recently that people wanted to make their own artwork with the goats. This first weekend, we’ll be bringing out some goats who have done it before so it should go very well.”

The Van Goat painting will be offered at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. this Sunday.

Bradley Mountain Farms is located on a 200-year-old dairy farm on the renovated Bradley Homestead. The farm sells goat milk and soaps and offers numerous community events with the goats including goat walks, goat therapy and goat yoga.

Join the Herd Tickets are $6.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Friday, 28 August 2020 13:04. Updated: Friday, 28 August 2020 13:06.