Sweet Girl was not timid at all with the bunnies.
We have been to the Heritage Farm Museum in Sterling, Virginia only once, but my girls are in love! So, when the museum's yearly Bunny Bonanza was coming up, I thought we would go and check it out. Their website describes the event as follows: "Learn about responsible pet ownership. Visit with live rabbits, take your picture with the Easter Bunny, and discover fun facts about rabbits. Sponsored by Loudoun County Department of Animal Control and the Loudoun 4-H Leaps and Squeaks Rabbit and Cavy Club." This sounded like a great event and all of that fun was included in the regular admission price!
The event started at 10:00 a.m. and went until 1:00 p.m. We got there around 11:00 a.m. and there was a line of people outside waiting to get in. I think part of this was because the museum doesn't have a credit card machine anymore and had to enter everyone's information in manually. They did have a "cash only" line though. It was a chilly, windy wait, but the Easter Bunny came out to visit us!
Check out the sneakers!
After we paid, we got a schedule of the day's events. As we went through the museum doors, we saw that there were A LOT of people there. As a matter of fact, the museum posted on their Facebook page that over 600 people attended the event. They also posted this memo on their website:
Thank you to all of you who came out for Bunny Bonanza 2013! It was our most visitation we've seen in one day since the Museum opened 10 years ago. We owe it all to your support. There aren't enough thank yous in the world to let you know how much we appreciate it.
We got a clipboard and a scavenger hunt sheet to use to find facts about rabbits around the museum. Then, we headed to the tables with the bunnies on them. There was a line and we worked our way down the table. Sweet Girl was very excited and had told me ahead of time that she really wanted to touch a black and white bunny. I was glad they had one there. Sweet Girl got to touch several different kinds of rabbits. There was a long-haired rabbit, lop-eared rabbits, short ear rabbit and a really big rabbit! Love Bug wasn't too sure about the whole thing and really needed encouraging to touch the two rabbits she did touch.
The Bunny Table!
A set up to show how to care for a bunny at home.
Sweet Girl feeling the soft fur of the bunny...
One of the handlers. Love his hat!
...and checking out the ears on a very big and sleepy bunny.
Then, the girls colored some pictures, of bunnies of course, while we waited for story time with Mrs. M. Sweet Girl was very excited to find out that story time was going to be held in the little wood cabin outside by the museum. We looked through the windows of the cabin last time we were there and Sweet Girl really wanted to go inside. This area is usually used for parties. The Easter Bunny led us out to the cabin and then hopped off after we were all inside. Mrs. M read a bunny story and then we did some hopping.
Mrs. M getting ready to read.
After we came back into the museum, we did the "Bunny Hop" game. Everyone made a circle around the Easter Bunny and hopped around to the music. When the music stopped, we had to freeze. After a couple of rounds, the Easter Bunny chose the best three hoppers and they got an egg with a prize in it. All of the other participants got a piece of candy.
After that, the girls made bunny masks. Parents had to put them together using a stapler and then the children colored them. Sweet Girl and Love Bug really took their time in coloring their masks. They turned out really cute! Love Bug would not keep her mask on though. The museum also offered a paper bag bunny puppet for the children to make.
I love how the craft section had child-size tables and chairs!
Sweet Girl worked really hard to color her bunny all brown.
Artists at work.
Love Bug had more of a colorful approach.
I love how Sweet Girl even drew on/colored a pink nose!
While the girls worked on their masks, Daddy went around and found the bunny facts for our scavenger hunt. Several of the facts were not at Sweet Girl's level so that's why we sent Daddy. When he came back, I went over each fact with the girls. Just ask Sweet Girl how many teeth a rabbit has and what a rabbit does when it's happy!
The girls got a little sheet of farm-themed stickers after we showed that we had filled in our scavenger hunt sheet.
(Yes, I know "herd" is spelled wrong!)
Things started dying down near the end of the event and less people were in the actual exhibits. It was a perfect time to let the girls explore the museum. We started off at the Eqi-horses in the Claude Moore's Children Farm exhibit so the girls could go for a "ride." Next, was the Waxpool General Store. After that, we headed down to Grandma's Kitchen. Before we left, we stopped into the farm exhibit one more time, but this time we got to see the pretend chickens in their coop and "milk" a cow (water came out!).
Love Bug on the Eqi-horse.
Sweet Girl "mopping" the General Store.
The girls were "cooking eggs" in a cast iron skillet on an old wood-burning stove.
The chicken coop. (Photo from our first visit.)
The girls could've stayed longer, but it was getting late and we needed to get lunch and head home. We had decided beforehand that we would go to Sweetwater Tavern for lunch. The girls, though tired, were so well-behaved and they really enjoyed their food. Daddy ordered a special dessert for us all to share. Sweet Girl asked if she could eat the chocolate star and was so happy when I said she could.
Flourless Chocolate Waffle with ice-cream and whipped cream.
All in all, I thought it was a good day. It was a bit too crowded for my taste, but as I stated earlier, the event drew a huge crowd. Regardless, everyone had an enjoyable time. The Heritage Farm Museum was quick to look for feedback on their Facebook page from those who attended the event so they can make it even better next year. I would definitely go again next year if some of the suggested tweaks are made.
View as we left. The little cabin is on the right in the picture.
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