Instead of heading to DC this weekend, we stuck close to home and opted to delay our trip by two weeks in the hopes of warmer weather and cherry blossoms. Despite the last minute change of plans, we kept busy.
On Saturday, we took the boys to the Howell Living History Farm, a Mercer County Park, located a few miles south of Lambertville. Entrance to the farm is free and they have a different theme or activity almost every weekend. This past weekend was Lambing/New Faces Day. We got to meet a two-day old lamb and see lots of baby chicks. The farm is set-up to give you an idea of what it would have been like to be a farmer in 1900. The volunteers dress accordingly, and the entire farm is operated using traditional tools, including horses to plow the fields.
Finnegan’s favorite part of the day was feeding the cows, while Declan was obsessed with the chickens. We had to drag him out of the hen house even after getting a hard peck on the finger.
One of the horses even tried to snag Finnegan’s triceratops hat a few times. The caretaker thought the horse probably mistook the horn for an ear of corn.
The boys had a great time and you definitely can’t beat free.
On Sunday, we took a ride on the Easter Bunny Express out of Flemington. We were originally thinking about going on the New Hope Ivyland train, but had a hard time justifying the $85 price tag for a 45 minute train ride. We were glad that we found the Black River & Western Railroad option since it was only $38 and the total trip was about 90 minutes. The route wasn’t very scenic, but every kid on the train was bursting with excitement when Peter Cottontail came through the train with a basket of candy. The bunny posed for pictures with each family, which is another plus for this train ride since the New Hope Ivyland train charges $20 for photos and it’s not clear on their website whether you can take your own pictures.
The train departs from Flemington and travels to the Ringoes train station where everyone disembarks for about 15 minutes while the train turns around for the return trip. The stop is really nice with a few entertainment options for the kids, including a magician, a woman making animal balloons, and future Seeing Eye dogs that are being socialized.
We had a great time and highly recommend this trip for anyone with little train or Easter Bunny enthusiasts. However, if you have a child with a peanut allergy, you may want to pack your own piece of candy since the Easter Bunny handed out peanut butter cups and there weren’t any other options. Declan has a mild peanut allergy and was pretty disappointed when we took away his piece of candy, but we lucked out since I had a lollipop in my purse and were able to negotiate the trade.
We ended our weekend with a mustache-themed first birthday party for an adorable little guy in our neighborhood. Our boys were wiped out and easily went to sleep as soon as we put them down.
How was your weekend?