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Wayside Farm Fun 2017 + 20% off Admission

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It’s officially Fall in just a few days, yay! If you’ve been following here for a while then you know how much my girls and I love to visit farms this time of year! I am super excited that Wayside Farm is opening this weekend – September 23rd! We first visited Wayside last year and although it’s about an hours drive away from us, it was well worth it and definitely one of our favorites! The trip out to Berryville, Virginia is so pretty with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. And Wayside has the BEST pumpkin patch where you can pick all different colors and shapes of pumpkins! (See the big white one we picked last year in the photo above!)

Also, this year Wayside has kindly offered all my readers 20% off the admission fee. Just mention “Capitol Momma” at the register to receive the discount off the prices below.

General Admission……..$10/person
2 and under………………..FREE
Military with ID…………….FREE
Group (10-20)……………..$9/person
Group (20 or more)……..$8/person

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Saturdays…………………………10 am – 6 pm
Sundays……………………………10 am – 6 pm
​Columbus Day……………………10 am – 6 pm

Here is some more info from Wayside:

Located directly off Route 7 in the heart of Northern Virginia wine country, Wayside Farm Fun is a beautiful working farm set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Known for growing the prettiest pumpkin varieties in the area, visitors are invited to pick pumpkins of all different shapes, colors and sizes in their 8-acre u-pick pumpkin patch.  After pumpkin picking, enjoy a variety of fall activities such as the jumping pillow, pumpkin cannons, slides, animals, and more.   End your day of fun by getting lost in one of the area’s largest corn mazes – this year our theme is Pokemon Go.

This year we are also hosting Scouting Day on Sunday, October 1.  Scouts receive a discounted rate and are invited to participate in a Pass-a-Pumpkin community service project.  A flag ceremony will be held at 1 PM before the pig races, and all scouts receive a patch.

On October 20 and 21st, Wayside Farm Fun is once again partnering with Loudoun Valley High School Performing Arts Department to create a Scary Corn Maze.  The maze will be open past dark and include a guided tour through a spooky maze inhabited by costumed actors. 

A couple more photos from our fun time at Wayside last year:

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Summers Farm 2017 + 4 Ticket Giveaway!

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It’s that time of year……there’s a crispness in the air and all things pumpkin are starting to appear! One of my favorite things to do with my girls in the fall is to visit farms and go to fall festivals. I love being outside as much as possible and there is just good ol’ fashioned fun to be had at the farms. One of our absolute favorites in the area is Summers Farm in Frederick, Maryland. We’ve been going the past three years – see a blog post from 2014 here. (I can’t believe how little my babies look!!!) I’m excited to take them again this year. Summers Farm has added so many new things including a new themed (12 acre) corn maze, Round Bale Rollers, Lil’ Barnyard Ball, an Events Barn, fireworks most weekends on Friday and Saturday nights and much more! They are officially opening for the season on Saturday, September 23rd!

I would love for one of my readers to experience Summers Farm this year too! So I’ve partnered with the farm to offer a 4-ticket giveaway! The tickets can be used anytime this season (September 23-October 31). To enter, simply leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll draw and notify a winner next Thursday, September 21st!

Here are a few photos from our trip to Summers Farm last year-

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Tinkergarten

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My girls and I recently tried a Tinkergarten class for the first time and loved it! The Tinkergarten philosophy is that children learn through play. They offer outdoor classes all across the country for children ages 18 months to 8 years old.

Tinkergarten is on a mission to elevate childhood. We’re growing a technology-enabled network of leaders that bring families together in a natural place in their community for classes where kids learn through play. Each class becomes a tight-knit group of children and adults who learn together through well-designed, outdoor play-based activities. We help kids develop a host of important capabilities, including empathy, collaboration, creativity, persistence and problem solving. Our expert-designed classes and activities help kids ages 18 months—8 years develop core life skills while enjoying healthy, fun, engaging experiences in the physical freedom of local green spaces.

Our class location was at Falls Road Park in Potomac, Maryland and our instructor (who was wonderful) was Denise Reznik. You can find her class schedule here. There are many more classes and locations offered in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. To find one near your neighborhood, click here.

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At our class, the kids started out by picking up a small bucket with a rock inside of it with their name on it. Then they took magnifying glasses and other tools to go searching for nature treasures in the park. I loved watching my girls do this activity and get so excited about the little things they found like pine cones, wild flowers, seed pods, and even caterpillars!

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Next, we came back together as a group and met everyone and sang a cute “Come to Tinkergarten” song. Then Denise read the book, Stone Soup to the class. The story told an important lesson that by working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good is achieved. So then after the story it was time for the kids to work together and make their own stone soup using things they found in nature! All the kids were really enthusiastic about this activity. They all found things in the park to add to the pot and by using their imagination they had created a delicious soup!

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The class was a great experience for both my girls and I! It was a fun learning and social environment. The Fall classes start in just two weeks. There are a couple of free trial classes offered at the beginning of September as well. I highly recommend trying a class!

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National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is one of my favorite green spaces in the city. I love that it always feels quiet and relaxing even though the Mall is crowded and bustling just steps away. My girls and I stopped here on Sunday while we were museum hopping to rest and refuel. We grabbed treats in the Pavilion Cafe and then took them out to the fountain to enjoy. After we relaxed with our toes in the water for a bit we were ready to head to our next destination – The National Carousel. Another summer must-do if you are in the Mall area with kids. It’s also a great way to reward (or a bribe) for good behavior in the museums!

Click here to see our complete guide to visiting the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden on Mommy Nearest!

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Dutch Wonderland + Discount Code!

dutch wonderlandThe countdown to summer break is on! We just have one more week of school left and my girls are ready for some fun in the sun! I’ve been planning lots of trips and local adventures so we can make the most of it. One thing we are really excited about is a trip to Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA – just a 2 hour drive from the D.C. area. We haven’t been before but I’ve heard so many great things from friends. After our visit, I’ll be sure to share our experience and tips with you all!

Dutch Wonderland has offered all my readers $4 off per ticket with promocode: CapitolMommaSBlog17! Click here for a direct link to purchase the discounted tickets for $37.99 (Reg $41.99). Offer expires 10-8-2017.

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A Strawberry Pickin’ Success

I was so happy the rain finally stopped so we could pick strawberries at Wegmeyer Farms this weekend. We went out to their field at the Oatlands Plantation and it was really muddy……boots are a necessity. But there were so many big, ripe berries that it made for a great picking experience. The girls each filled up their own buckets within about 25 minutes. The berries are so plentiful that we didn’t even have to walk down the entire row before we filled the buckets. The berries are delicious….so sweet and juicy. Please let me know if you have any good strawberry recipes!

Don’t forget that you can get 25% off your berries when you pick on weekdays by mentioning Capitol Momma at the register! See previous blog post for details on locations. Happy picking!

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Strawberry Picking at Wegmeyer Farms + Discount!

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One of my favorite things to do with my girls is to go berry picking. So I’m very excited that strawberry season starts in just one week, yay! Our absolute favorite farm to pick strawberries at is Wegmeyer’s. They take strawberry growing to the next level! Their berries are the sweetest and juiciest berries you can find in the D.C. area. Their fields are beautiful and so well cared for – they grow the strawberries on on raised plastic beds, which keeps the berries clean, dirt-free and makes for easy picking. And new this year, they are offering a Sparkling Strawberry wine in partnership with Fabiolli Vineyards.

Wegmeyer Farms has generously offered all Capitol Momma readers a 25% discount during weekdays (M-F) at any of the three locations. Just mention Capitol Momma at the register to receive the discount on your berries. Happy Picking!

Wegmeyer Farms has three u-pick locations:

Hamilton, VA boutique farm setting – Tucked away on back roads of Lincoln (between Purcellville and Leesburg) at a historic homestead, our farm provides the most scenic views of rolling farmlands.  We offer picnic tables for you to bring your own lunch and refreshments available for sale. After you pick berries, we invite you to stick around with the kids and let them play on the John Deere tractor slide and playground. 38299 Hughesville Road, Hamilton, VA

Historic Oatlands – our strawberry patch and era-themed attire at this historic mansion will whisk you back to the 1800’s.  For those who do not want to walk from the parking lot to the field, you may hop on the wagon for $5 for adults and children under 16 are free.While visiting our strawberry patch is free, you can choose to make a day of it by purchasing tour passes for the historical garden and/or mansion in addition to strawberry picking. 20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln, Leesburg, VA

Gilbert’s Corner – strawberry picking in its most natural state.  This no-fuss location is perfect for a simple outing.  Parking is available right at the site.  Intersection of Route 15 and Route 50 in Aldie, VA.

Customers are encouraged to call the strawberry field hotline at (540) 751-1782 or visit www.wegmeyerfarms.com to check field conditions.

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Wayside Farm Fun!

Wayside Farm
5273 Harry Byrd Highway
Berryville, Virginia 22611
www.waysidefarmfun.com
 
 

Fall is just around the corner and Wayside Farm will be opening next week on Saturday, September 17th! Each season they turn their 120-acre working farm into a unique Fall Festival with pig races, hayrides, pumpkin drops, corn mazes and much more! The best part is this year Wayside has kindly offered all of you 20% off – just mention Capitol Momma at the register! 

​General Admission……..$10/person
2 and under………………..FREE
Military with ID…………….FREE
Group (10-20)……………..$9/person
Group (20 or more)……..$8/person

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Wayside also has some fun events this year:

Family Friendly Pumpkin Run

On Sunday, October 23 they will have their popular Pumpkin Run around the farm.  The morning starts with a kids’ 5K obstacle run, followed by a carnival where the kids will be entertained so that Mom and Dad and older siblings can walk/run a 5K around the farm.  After the race, the farm will open and all families are invited to stay and play.  100% of proceeds from the race are donated to Loudoun Breast Health Network.  To register or for more information, visit http://www.waysidefarmfun.com/pumpkin-run.html

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Spooky Night Time Corn Maze

On October 21st and 22nd from 6-10 PM the Loudoun Valley Drama Club will turn the maze into a spooky haunt. Visitors can choose to either navigate the corn maze in the dark at night without extra spooks, or pick the spooky path and plan to be scared!

Redskins Corn Maze

This year the farm is celebrating all things Redskins, including the Kirk Cousins Corn Maze (as seen on ESPN!) How cool is this?! Go skins!

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Make sure to include Wayside in your family fun plans this Fall! They will be open weekends September 17 through October 30.

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Strawberry Picking at Wegmeyer Farms Oatlands

Oatlands Historic House & Gardens
20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane
Leesburg, VA 20175
www.wegmeyerfarms.com
 

After 15 consecutive days of rain in DC, we just couldn’t wait any longer to get out into the strawberry fields. We knew there would be a pretty good chance we’d get rained on so we just put on our boots and jackets and decided to embrace the mud!

Once we arrived at Historic Oatlands, we found out that they were not offering the usual wagon rides to the strawberry fields due to the muddy roads. So we followed the strawberry signs and took the kids on a walk. They were full of energy, so this ended up being a good thing! Even though it is a fairly long walk to the fields the kids were entertained by the sights along the way. They stopped to look at the cows grazing in the field and look for frogs in the lily pond.

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We had the entire field to ourselves on this rainy Friday morning, so the kids got to choose their rows and were excited to start picking right away. Since there has been a lack of sunshine the past two weeks, the ripe berries were mixed in with lots of unripe berries. We explained to the little ones that they could only pick the bright red strawberries and thankfully they (mostly) obliged.

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Wegmeyers berries are simply the best; so juicy and sweet! We ended up eating almost half a bucket on our walk back to the car.  You can see the passion that Wegmeyer Farms has for their strawberries just by looking at their fields. They grow their berries on raised plastic beds, which keeps the berries clean, dirt-free and makes for easy picking. We completed our strawberry picking outing with a picnic! And then headed home to make strawberry shortcake!

Bonus: Wegmeyer Farms is offering all Capitol Momma readers 25% off on weekdays – just mention Capitol Momma at the register!

 

Good to Know:

•Open 9am-6:00 daily
•Hayride tickets: adults $5, children 16 and under are free
•Strawberries are $3.99 per pound.
•Don’t dress your children in their nicest clothes. There’s a good chance they are going home with strawberry stains. Totally worth it though!
•Containers are provided or you can bring your own. Just ask them to weigh your container first if you bring your own.
•The Carriage House has a restroom.
•No food is sold here but you are welcome to bring a picnic.

 

 



Strawberry Picking at Wegmeyer Farms 2016

 

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Spring is here in Northern Virginia, and there is no better way to celebrate than picking red, juicy strawberries straight off the vine at Wegmeyer Farms. Berry picking is a fun, healthy outside activity for the kids. It is definitely one of my favorite things to do with my girls during the spring and summer months.

Wegmeyer’s fields are set to open on May 7! They have graciously offered all of you a 25% discount on the strawberries you pick during weekdays (Monday-Friday). There is no charge to visit, you only pay for what you pick – $3.99 per pound.  Just mention Capitol Momma at the register to get the discount.

Wegmery Farms has three u-pick locations. We visited the Oatlands location last year. You can read more about that location in this blog post.

Hamilton, VA boutique farm setting – Tucked away on back roads of Lincoln (between Purcellville and Leesburg) at a historic homestead, this farm provides the most scenic views of rolling farmlands.  They offer picnic tables for you to bring your own lunch and refreshments available for sale. After you pick berries, you can stick around with the kids and let them play on the John Deere tractor slide and playground.

38299 Hughesville Road, Hamilton, VA

Historic Oatlands – The strawberry patch and era-themed attire at this historic mansion will whisk you back to the 1800’s.  For those who do not want to walk from the parking lot to the field, you may hop on the wagon for $5 for adults and children under 16 are free.While visiting the strawberry patch is free, you can choose to make a day of it by purchasing tour passes for the historical garden and/or mansion in addition to strawberry picking.

20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln, Leesburg, VA

Gilbert’s Corner – strawberry picking in its most natural state. This no-fuss location is perfect for a simple outing. Parking is available right at the site.

Intersection of Route 15 and Route 50 in Aldie, VA.

Packed with nutrients and antioxidants, strawberries are known as one of the most popular you-pick fruits in the area. Customers are encouraged to call the strawberry field hotline at (540) 751-1782 or visit www.wegmeyerfarms.com to check field conditions. Happy berry picking, friends!