Get down on the farm this weekend at Frying Pan Park (2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Va.) to mingle with some animals, take a wagon ride and... oh, why not... watch a professional bull riding championship.
Frying Pan Park isn't just a teeny farm -- it's a training center that happens to focus on the craft of farming. Weeklong day camps offer a wide variety of activities including farm programs, fine arts, fitness programs and equestrian programs.
The park's indoor arena will host the Professional Bull Riding Championship this weekend, April 28 (7 p.m.) and April 29 (2 p.m.), featuring carousel rides, cowgirl races and professional cowboys riding their bulls. Tickets are $27/adult and $17/child.
The 1930s-era Kidwell Farm, located at Frying Pan Park, is free to enter. You can hobknob with horses, sheep, bunnies and other way-too-cute farm animals. Kidwell is a demonstration farm that provides visitors a glimpse into the life of a real family farm.
Pat attention to the birthing schedule for animals at Kidwell so you can time your visit to coincide with the arrival of the teeniest residents of the farm. Kidwell is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Herndon, Va., is about 27 miles northwest of downtown D.C.