Part VI: Maymont’s Children’s Farm
I wasn’t sure where to begin with this place but these extremely cute animals keep looking at me from the photos on my desktop like I’m their long lost friend, much as they did that day. Not knowing what to expect with the Children’s Farm, I was was pleasantly surprised by the tugging of my heart strings at every new cute animal. I think I have to go visit them again.
The Children’s Farm is divided into the animal farm area and the garden farm area. The animal farm is full of the perfect round up of Virginia’s commonly found farm animals. Maymont lists them as, “goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, donkeys, rabbits, peafowl (peacocks and peahens), turkeys, cattle, horses, geese and ducks.”
I didn’t get a chance to see them all but the ones I did see were great. Meet my new friends the Goats:
The kids were having a blast feeding the goats.
One kid informed her mother she had named them all already…
If memory serves this Goat is now named Brian.
This goat is simply too darn cute to not have a name!
The sheep were too busy grazing to notice anyone.
The Peacock reminded me of those days long ago when I too went to a local farm to do a meet and greet with some animals and was stunned by the massive plumage of the colorful Peacock. On this visit we saw two peafowl but this White one was only one accessible for a decent picture.
The Chickens were out strutting around and hanging out in the hen house.
The Donkey was enjoying following the families near the fence.
The Duck was simply happy to be near the goat and at one point appeared to nuzzle up with it in the shade. Too shady to get a good picture unfortunately.
Anchoring this Childrens Farm is the Education Room which has tons of activities for the curious.
Some of the best fun can be had in the early evening when, according to Maymont, the animals are all “corralled from the fields to the Barn” with a “day’s end parade.” I may have to go back just to a good picture of this! Sounds like a hoot.
Maymont offers Children’s Birthday Parties which include either the Horse & Carriage Party, the Birthday Party at the Barn, Nature Center Discovery or the Victorian Tea Party. For more information go to http://www.maymont.org/NetCommunity/Document.Doc?id=42
The other side of this farm includes the working garden area.
Which includes items such as leafy vegetables, green peppers, and tomatoes among other things.
Well, there is more to the farm that you’ve seen here, but that should be experienced on your own visit! I hope you enjoyed our little trek through the Farm and the fun that awaits all who venture here. We are near the end of our week long visitation of Maymont. Tomorrow will be the last day and for it were traveling to some of the side gardens that also dot Maymont.
- Part V: The Maymont Arboretum and Tree Experience
- Part I: Maymont Overview
- River Farm, Home of the American Horticultural Society
- 2010 AHS Spring Garden Market at River Farm!
- Part IV: Maymont’s Wildlife Sanctuary