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:

Grazing Goat © Britt Conley
Grazing Goat © Britt Conley
The Black Goat © Britt Conley
The Black Goat © Britt Conley
Eager Goats © Britt Conley
Eager Goats © Britt Conley

The kids were having a blast feeding the goats.

Feeding time with a goat © Britt Conley
Feeding time with a goat © Britt Conley

One kid informed her mother she had named them all already…

If memory serves this Goat is now named Brian.

Brian (According to one youngster who just decided to name him) © Britt Conley
Brian, (According to one youngster who just decided to name him) © Britt Conley

This goat is simply too darn cute to not have a name!

Cutest Goat of the Bunch!
Cute Goat © Britt Conley

The sheep were too busy grazing to notice anyone.

Sheep and Goats © Britt Conley
Sheep and Goats © Britt Conley

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.

Peahen © Britt Conley
Peahen © Britt Conley

The  Chickens were out strutting around and hanging out in the hen house.

The Hen House © Britt Conley
The Hen House © Britt Conley

The Donkey was enjoying following the families near the fence.

Donkey © Britt Conley
Donkey © Britt Conley

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.

The Children's Education Room © Britt Conley
The Children's Education Room © Britt Conley

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.

The Children's Farm © Britt Conley
The Children's Farm © Britt Conley

Which includes items such as leafy vegetables, green peppers, and tomatoes among other things.

Vegetables © Britt Conley
Vegetables © Britt Conley

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.

Till Tomorrow…

Britt

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