Heritage Farm Museum
(I am so behind on this post) Last week, my best girl and Jack’s best girl met us for lunch, and to have a play date. Becca has a great deal of experience with kids, and so she knows about all sorts of awesome places to hang out in the area and let the littles run free. B suggested that we go to this amazing place called the Heritage Farm Museum. If you live in Northern Virginia or the DC Metro. area, it is definitely worth checking out. Located in Sterling, VA, the Heritage Farm Museum’s mission is to “preserve, promote, and bring to life Loudoun’s rich agricultural heritage and the history of rural life.” (A far cry from parts of Loudoun County today). The museum has a gigantic warehouse style play area where kids can ride fake horses, tractors, and shop and a general store. It. was. awesome.
Lately, I have been plagued with a great deal of mommy-brain, so naturally I forgot my camera. Lucky for you guys, I have a smartphone. Here is our outing through the eyes of instagram:
How cute is this general store?!
Kids can go in and take a basket and fill it up with all sorts of (fake) veggies and fruit and other essentials.
They also have tiny mops, that Peyton (aka athlete) thought could be golf clubs or hockey sticks - she put them to good use:
Jackson was also very dirty - she mopped him too :)
It was actually a challenge to get Jackson to do anything BUT ride the tractors (such a boy) - he kept trying to bring one into the store:
After awhile they got tired of the store and tractors and needed to ride the horses to have a nice home-cooked meal:
And pause for a family photo:
The chicken coop had a milking cow and a bunch of fake chickens and eggs. Jackson thought it was appropriate to load up the wheelbarrow with a single egg and wheel it around.
It was so funny to watch these two. Without any encouragement, they gravitate towards such gender roles. Jackson ONLY wanted to ride the tractors for 95% of the visit. Peyton gravitated more towards shopping in the store and riding the horses. It’s so interesting to me to watch his little personality develop over time. He genuinely loves anything dealing with trucks, tractors, and trains. Such a boy. (Let me be clear - if he chose to play with dolls, and dresses, and ponies, I would be all for it - I am a fan of encouraging his interests and individuality, not gender roles, and if he identifies himself as Jacklyn and not Jackson, then cool. I am down with that!)
Bottom line - this place was awesome. I think it has GOT to be one of Loudoun County’s hidden gems. I never knew it existed, and I have lived in this area for the entirety of my life (minus college - those were a well-spent four years at the beach). Its tucked away in a little woodsy area, and is totally worth finding if you are looking for an indoor activity when the weather is cold or rainy. We can’t wait to go back!
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- threeclicks said: I’ve always wondered about this place. I will have to check it out. thanks for posting!
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