There's a Fairfax Parks and Rec property about a half an hour from our house called 'Frying Pan Farm Park'. They are offering a Jr. Farmer class for the next four Thursdays, and after experiencing a little farmlife in Lancaster, PA, I wanted to give the kids some more time on a farm.
Each class is an hour and focuses on different aspects of working on a farm: taking care of animals, planting and harvesting, using farm equipment, etc.
We got there a little early, so we walked around the property. This is an old carousel that was built in 1908.
Hard to see, but there's a guy milking a cow in the foreground. You can just come to the park and observe the milking and any other activities going on at the farm. We paid $6 each to participate in the class.
Carson found a huge locust in the garden.
We were on the tractor-trailer riding through the property at this point. They have two draft horses.
At the end of the class, they let everyone pet a rooster before feeding the chickens in the henhouse.
The park also offers horseback riding lessons; they have an indoor and outdoor arena.