Saturday, April 2, 2011

Spring Into Nash Farm

We love Nash Farm in Grapevine!



It was once a working farmland back in the mid-1800's but has been preserved and restored by the Grapevine Heritage Foundation. Throughout the year, Nash Farm offers educational programs, interpretive exhibits and historical perspectives on a disappearing part of our heritage.

Everytime we go, the kids learn something new about farming, animals, or life way back when. But they don't realize they are learning! They think they are just having fun.

Nicholas loves any and all animals so he couldn't wait to check out the baby goats.



Nicholas and Rachel both tried to milk the "cow" at the same time.



It was neat that it had a rubber "udder" that kids could really squirt water from.



This was a really big hit with my kids!



Dirty knees....the sign of kids having fun outside!



Probably the longest line we had to wait in was for the pony rides. But we couldn't pass that up!



I was most amazed at Rachel. Last fall, she was so excited about a pony ride at one of the pumpkin patches but when I picked her up to put her on the pony, she got really scared and started to cry.

Not anymore...look at that smile!



Big brother wanted to be sure to ride along with her to make sure she stayed safe.



Next we visited the kid's garden to do some digging in the dirt and watering the plants.



Look at the expression on Rachel's face. She's working hard!



Of course, after you plant, you must water. My kids are obsessed with water so they both went back and forth filling up their watering cans and watering the (already soggy) garden.



It was hot so of course the ice cream truck showed up and everyone went running!



Nicholas was watching the animals the whole time he was eating his ice cream.



You just can't beat ice cream on a hot day. They were both sticky from their drippy ice cream but who cares. It was yummy and fun.



I love this little cowgirl.



On the way out, we played on some farm equipment.



Rachel loved sitting on the tractor.



She even pretended to drive it like a race car complete with sounds and facial expressions.



Nash Farm is located at 626 Ball St. in Grapevine. They have many more fun events coming up in the summer. Check out the scheduled below:

Heritage Fun and Kite Flying
April 30, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tractor rides $1 per person, kites $2. Families are encouraged to bring their homemade kites to the farm to enjoy a day of kite flying. Some kite kits will be available to purchase and assemble. Nash Farm visitors also get to have sack races, play with heritage toys, and enjoy the farm.

Tractors, Trucks and Heavy Equipment
May 28, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tractor rides $1 per person. Wander through equipment, new and old, that is used to make jobs easier, faster and more efficient. Classic farm tools to modern tractors will be on display and will be demonstrated at the farm. Hands-on opportunities abound for the curious!

Fridays at the Farm
May 6 & 20
June 3 & 17
July 1, 15 & 29
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tractor rides $1 per person. Enjoy a day of play and discovery at the farm. The farm will be open on the above mornings to the public. Come and chat with the chickens, dig in the dirt, ride a tractor and play with heritage toys!

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