A sheep and cow together in the Chip-in Farm barn

Frequently Asked Questions

What birthday party options do you offer?

We offer a variety of birthday party option to suit a range of ages and interests. Please refer to our Birthday Parties page for a complete list.

What do you provide for the party?

We supply the following items: a two hour time block with reserved use of the birthday room and/or outdoor picnic area; space for self-guided activities such as an outdoor mud kitchen and sandbox; tables with tablecloths and benches; refrigeration for your refreshments; and a Chip-in Farm t-shirt for the birthday child or guest of honor.

What does the host need to provide for the party?

The party hosts you will be responsible for the cake and refreshments, decorations and paper goods, and party favors and prizes.

What time do the parties start?

Our party time slots are 10am – 12pm, 1pm – 3pm, 4pm – 6pm.

How many guests can we invite?

We can accept a maximum of 15 guests except where noted in the Booking Inquiry form. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend and are not included in the guest count.

How do I organize the party?

Select a birthday party option from our Birthday Parties, then review, complete and submit the online Birthday Party Inquiry form.

What is your cancellation policy?

The $50 deposit is nonrefundable. However, if you need to reschedule we will work with you to identify an alternate date for an additional $25 fee.

How do you manage inclement weather?

Except for severe weather such as thunderstorms or flash floods we will not cancel due to weather so please make sure that your guests dress appropriately.

How long are the parties?

Parties are two hours in length. If you prefer a longer time slot we can book two time slots for you for an additional $100.

What animals will we see at the Farm Zoo?

We have a wide range of animals to observe and pet including:

  • Our miniature horses Carrot Cake and Clyde
  • Fainting x Nigerian dwarf goats, with baby goats born in the spring
  • Additional farm animals including sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, rabbits and barn cats.
Can my group have lunch on the farm?

Yes we have indoor and outdoor spaces available for lunch and snacks.

Can people with limited mobility tour the farm?

As this is a working farm some of the paths are rocky and uneven. We are happy to work with you to adapt the tour to your group’s needs to ensure that they have an enriching experience.

What is goat yoga?

Goat yoga combines a traditional yoga class with friendly goat kids! Our goats are playful, inquisitive, cuddly, and sometimes mischievous. We love hosting goat yoga – everyone leaves with a smile and the  goats enjoy the experience as well!

Do the goats like goat yoga?

Goat yoga is excellent enrichment for our curious goats. Plus they know that everyone gives them treats and scratches. It also gives the farmers a chance to watch the goats to be sure they are in good health.

Can I pick up a goat?

We will teach you how to pick up and hold a goat at the end of class. If you would like to try taking a photo with a goat on your back let one of us know and we can do our best to try to make that happen. We can’t force the goats to do something they don’t want to do! ​

Will the goats poop/pee on me?

They might! Remember, they are farm animals and have not been potty trained. Luckily goat poop is in pellet form and easy to shake off your mat. We will also have paper towels handy.

What kind of goats do you have?

The goats are Fainting Goat x Nigerian Dwarf Goat goats. They have a genetic condition which may cause their leg muscles to lock up if they are excited or scared. This doesn’t hurt them and only lasts a few seconds. We sometimes see a goat or two “faint” during a goat yoga class if they become startled.

What if it rains on the date of my Goat Yoga class?

Our Goat Yoga classes take place outdoors on the farm. If we have rain on the night of the class, we may need to cancel as the goats don’t like the rain and nobody likes soggy goats! If we do cancel an email will go out to all attendees at least 1 hour before the start of class. We will also post any cancellations on our Facebook page. The class will be rescheduled and participants will be automatically registered to the new class date. If you are unable to attend the rain date, you may either 1) ask for a full refund or 2) request a transfer into a different class with open registration.

Can I set up a Private Goat Yoga class on your farm?

Yes! We offer private Goat Yoga classes at Chip-in for groups of friends, coworkers, classmates or for a special event. Please refer to the Goat Yoga info on our Events Page to learn more.

Can you bring goat yoga to my next party or event?

Yes, we offer traveling Goat Yoga programs. Please refer to the Traveling Events info on our Events Page to learn more.

What should I bring to a goat yoga class?

Classes take place outside so please dress for the weather and bring a yoga mat or blanket.

Do participants need yoga experience?

Our Goat Yoga sessions are suitable for all levels of yoga experience.

Will the goats climb/jump on me?

The younger babies are more likely to use you as a play structure while the older goat kids tend to be more mellow. Come a class early in the season you are looking for climbing goats. Sign up for a class later in the season if you prefer a more relaxed class with goat cuddles.

How long have you been in business?

Farmer’s Helpers has been offering children’s programs at Chip-in Farm for over 15 years.

Do you have formal childhood education training?

Sandy Couvee, Program Director, holds Massachusetts EEC infant/toddler and preschool certification and has worked as a preschool teacher. In addition, each team member brings unique training and skills in farming and animal care to deliver engaging and well-rounded programs.

What is included in a traveling goat yoga or Goats & Giggles event?

In addition to our friendly baby goats we provide:

  • Fencing to contain the goats
  • Water buckets and goat treats
  • Load in and load out of goats and fencing set up and breakdown
  • For goat yoga, a certified yoga instructor
  • Chip-in Farm support staff
  • A dedicated event planner
Can we provide our own yoga instructor?

Yes, we will deduct $100/hour if you provide your own yoga instructor.

Do you offer indoor goat yoga or Goats & Giggles events?

Yes. We recommend that you provide plastic sheets or tarps to protect your floors, as the goats will likely pee or poop during your class.

What is your travel area for traveling events?

Our travel area is within a 20 mile radius of Chip-in Farm in Bedford, MA. Events outside of this radius may be subject to a travel fee.

How do I know that the goats are healthy?

Certificate of Insurance and animal health records upon request.

What is your cancellation policy?

The $100 deposit is nonrefundable. However, if you need to reschedule we will work with you to identify an alternate date for an additional $25 fee.

What if it rains on the date of the scheduled Goat Yoga class?

If it rains when an outdoor event is scheduled we will work with you to move the event indoors or reschedule. We will offer a full refund if alternative arrangements are not possible.

Can you bring the goats to my next party or event?

Yes, we offer traveling Goat Yoga programs. Please contact us to learn more.

What should we bring to class?

We recommend that you bring a yoga mat or blanket. Please dress for the weather for outdoor classes.

What is your recommended maximum number of participants in a Goat Yoga class?

We suggest a maximum of 20 participants per session to optimize interactions with the goats.

Do participants need yoga experience?

Our Goat Yoga sessions are suitable for all levels of yoga experience.

Please note that access to the Farm Zoo may be limited during scheduled events such as classes, birthday parties and tours.

Thank you!

What animals are at the Farm Zoo?

We have a wide range of animals to observe and pet including:

  • Our miniature horses Carrot Cake and Clyde
  • Fainting x Nigerian dwarf goats, with baby goats born in the spring
  • Additional farm animals including sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, rabbits and barn cats.
Can I feed the animals?

Bags of food to feed the animals are available for sale in the Chip-In General Store.

Can I bring my own food to feed the animals?

No. Only food purchased at the General Store may be fed to the animals.

What are the Farm Zoo hours?

The Farm Zoo hours align with the General Store, which is open daily from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Please check the our Facebook page for changes to store hours.