Friends of the Farmstead

About Friends of the Farmstead

A community of passionate people on a mission to enhance and enrich the Farmstead for today and for future generations.

Friends of the Farmstead (FOF) is a membership group operating as part of The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park, Kansas. Designed to support the Farmstead, the Friends group provides annual membership opportunities, maintains a donor program, provides special events throughout the season, and supports educational and volunteer programs. If you have questions or would like more information, email us.

Join Friends of the Farmstead

Free admission for members of Friends of the Farmstead!

All memberships which expired in 2020 have been extended! If your membership expired October 31, 2019 to May 4, 2020, it has been extended to May 4, 2021. If your membership expired after May 4, 2020, it has been extended 1 full year from the date of purchase.

Current members may RENEW their memberships online! No standing in line when the Farmstead opens! RENEW NOW.

You can purchase your NEW Friends of the Farmstead membership at the Farmstead during the season (May 4-October 31, 2021) or at one of Overland Park's Community Centers at any time. At this time, new memberships are not available for purchase online.

  • Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St.
  • Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell Ave.

Individual memberships are available for grandparents, aunts, uncles, caregivers so they can enjoy the Farmstead with the children in their lives too!

Membership includes free admission to Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead for 1 year. An "individual membership" for a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or caregiver so they can enjoy the Farmstead with the children in their lives is available too.

  • Overland Park Resident Family Membership - $35.00
  • Non-Resident Family Membership - $50.00
  • Overland Park Resident Individual Membership - $15.00
  • Non-Resident Individual Membership - $22.50
  • Patron Membership - $100.00

Membership in Friends of the Farmstead is fully tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Membership sales provide funding for programs, capital improvements, and the annual special events that make Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead even more special for guests.

There are volunteer opportunities for those who want to get the most out of their membership. Whether it's being on a team to enhance the Farmstead experience or helping produce one of the signature fundraising events, or serving on the Advisory Board, volunteers have fun while making the Farmstead such a wonderful part of our community.

Friends of the Farmstead Advisory Board

Chair: Katie Lord
Dr. Lynn Beck
Jordan Buscher
Jeanne Clayton
Dean Dyer
Nicole Eshnaur
Kathleen Garaci
Erin Heffernan Markowicz
Orin Lovewell
Ashlea Noonan
Lisa Price
Laura Ryan
Mike Steinbrecher

Projects Funded by Friends of the Farmstead

Generous donors, membership dues, and Friends fundraising events have funded the following capital improvements:

2021:  MacKenzie's Island

2018:  Ben Craig Administration Building; Friends Plaza; Machine Shop

2014:  Pat’s Photography Parlor; John’s Blacksmith Shop; Ray’s Barber Shop

2012:  Alex & Emily’s Ice Cream Parlor; Vic’s General Store; Gayle’s Exploration Outpost

2011:  Brian’s Turkey Coop

2010:  Ben’s Bank 2009: Main Entry Facility

2007:  Dairy Barn, Moo-vie Theater

2006:  Bottle-Feeding Pygmy Goats

2005:  Prairie Pavilion; Beverly’s Butterfly Garden; Kiwanis Repose; Birthday Party Corals

2004:  OP Rotary Prairie Playground; Dominic’s Water Feature; Georgia’s Chicken Coop

2003:  Kanza Indian Encampment

2002:  Helen’s Country Schoolhouse

2001:  Grandpa Bob’s Fishing Dock; Pony Rides

The Farmstead is a jewel of Overland Park due to the dedication and partnership of the Farmstead Staff, City of Overland Park, Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park and our donors and sponsors! We thank you all!