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6407 Millhouse Rd Chapel Hill, NC 27516
6407 Millhouse RoadUSNorth CarolinaChapel Hill27516
Horseback Riding ServiceToday Closed
Sunday ClosedMonday 9:30 AM – 6:00 PMTuesday 9:30 AM – 6:00 PMWednesday 9:30 AM – 6:00 PMThursday 9:30 AM – 6:00 PMFriday 9:30 AM – 6:00 PMSaturday Closed

Enjoy the best of Spence’s Farm with your children. Work in the garden, feed the chickens, play with the rabbits, climb in the hay maze, enjoy archery, ride horses together and nourish your relationships by acknowledging one another in new ways.

Mini-Camps at Spence's Farm are fun! Kids participate in the full array of farm life activities, with lots of time to play and explore.

Spence’s Farm is a safe, nurturing, beautiful natural environment, that emulates the values of the traditional family farm... everyone is needed, has a job to do, and is valued, and empowered, as an important part of the whole.

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Elizabeth Chiron
5 months ago
don't forget to look up the Indy review (local newspaper) from last year describing the owner's (Spence) very questionable behavior with underage girls and questionable safety ideas with anyone's kids. i have worked with several people the past two years that have told me personal stories of shockingly negligent and sexist (pedophile) behavior from him. i have kids, i went there for a Halloween event before i knew his history. i was scared of the things my son was participating in and we left early. if you have kids, do the research on him. dont take my word on it.
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A Google User
3 years ago
I've sent my daughter to summer camp and mini-camp at Spence's Farm for more than two years and count them a treasured resource and helper in raising my kid. (Can't speculate on Spence's rude behavior in the previous rating. As that mom indicates, he is in general all about empowering children.) Be prepared for your child to get dirty. And keep in mind that their two main rules are 1) nobody hits or hurts another person or living thing and 2) don't climb higher in the trees than you are willing to jump down. (One of the main staff members is a nurse, which can be handy for the occasional scape.) Spence and the counselors talk to the kids about respect and appreciation for each other, about recognizing where our food comes from, about taking care of the horses before you get to ride them, and about the idea that kids can do more than most adults these days will let them try. And then they go hiking and swimming and gathering eggs, and picking food from the garden and making pottery and riding the ponies and squirming through the hay maze. The staff gets to know the kids quickly and treats each one as a cherished friend. And Spence's Farm is wonderfully flexible. You can sign your kid up for afterschool one day a week or five. They have mini-camps almost any time the Chapel Hill schools aren't in session. They offer summer camp during the last weeks and days of August when UNC is back in session but the public schools haven't started yet and almost every other camp has closed. If your child goes there on a semi-regular basis they will fit him or her in for an extra day or week if you find yourself in a pinch. Oh, and you can buy organic vegetables and eggs from the farm when you go to pick your kid up. The children stay outside essentially all the time unless it's pouring rain, so this place suits kids who like that and don't mind getting hot in the summer. Likewise, the activities are pretty much the same each week, so some kids become devotees and others get bored. Spence's Farm isn't just about taking care of kids, but about fostering community. It's certainly a place to check out if you have a child that likes to be outdoors.
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Heather Craig
3 months ago
I love Spence's farm for my kids. This summer was the second year they went to summer camp there and they came home just elated every day. The first year they were too intimidated to interact with the animals much, but this year we measured the days by 'I held a bunny' or not. 10/10 bunny holding days, plus egg finding, chicken holding, pond swimming, hiking and horseback riding. Paradise.
A Google User
4 years ago
if you send your child for a class here, be sure they have enough for a class. We registered and on the first day of class, we found out the class was only our son. Since the shop was isolated, we didn't feel comfortable leaving our son alone with a male instructor we didn't know. Unfortunately we are out $60 to find this out. So just ask class size and situation before paying. It is unfortunate that Spence's Farm didn't credit this towards a future class or understand the risks of this situation.
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