Connolly Ranch’s family programs are for children birth to four years-old, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Each program provides nature-based, tactile, interactive and experiential activities that promote age-appropriate growth and development.

We offer year-round opportunities, and all programs operate rain or shine.
If you have any questions, please contact our Program Director, 
Hylah Egeland (aka The Barn Faerie) at or (707) 224-1894.


Sounds of Silence

Ages Birth to 2 (accompanied by a parent or guardian)
Weekly Classes on Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30am
10-12 week sessions

Sounds of Silence is a guided program designed specifically for infants to 2-year-old children. It is a time for parent and child to leave the noisy, often over-stimulated world and connect through gestures, body language and facial expressions. The class moves slowly and calmly, creating a safe, relaxing environment for very little people to experience our ranch and the wonders of Mother Nature. Throughout Sounds of Silence, the Barn Faerie shows and models ways to support you and your young child in seeing, hearing, touching, smelling and awakening to the natural world.

2018 Session Dates
WINTER: Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13
SPRING: Mar. 20, (no class March 27), Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
SUMMER: June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28
FALL: Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, (no class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Nature’s Play

Ages 2-3 (accompanied by a parent or guardian)
Weekly Classes on Thursdays, 9:30-10:30am
10-12 week sessions

At Nature’s Play we engage together in the great outdoors. The trees, gardens, trails and animals at Connolly Ranch provide an array of experiences allowing big and little people to play and learn together in nature. Classes will include music, creative movement, imaginative play, art and hands-on activities. Parent/guardian participation is required.

2018 Session Dates
WINTER: Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15
SPRING: Mar. 22, (no class March 29), Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, June 1
SUMMER: June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
FALL: Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 8, 15, (no class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Farm Fridays

All-ages (children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian)
Singles Classes each Friday, 11am-12:30pm

Established in 1917, Connolly Ranch is a rich reminder of Napa's agricultural past and a gateway to learning about life on the farm. We'll visit the animals, explore the gardens and discover something new each week. Bring a lunch and unwind as we picnic in one of our favorite natural spaces. This hands-on experience is perfect for one-time visitors or weekly friends of Connolly Ranch. Each person must be pre-registered. 1-year and under free.

May 4, 11, 18, 27
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 24, 31

Little Farmers

Ages Birth to 4 (accompanied by a parent or guardian)
Single Classes on the Second Saturday of each month, 9:30-10:45am

Bring your little one and join the fun visiting the animals, exploring the garden, playing in the Grove or getting creative with a different seasonal activity each month. Discounts given when signing up for 4 or more months at the same time.

2018 DATES:
January 13 
February 10 
March 10
April 14 
May 12
June 9
July 14
August 11
September 8
October 13
November 10
December 8

If you need to cancel a registration, a refund may be issued, minus a cancellation fee of 20%, provided cancellation takes place at least 7 days before the start date of the program enrolled in.

Alternatively, we can transfer the amount paid, less a 10% fee, to a new registration or hold as a credit for a future Connolly Ranch program.

If cancellation takes place less than 7 days before the start date, no refund will be issued.

Click here for information about our Farmer Thom Scholarship Fund.