Spring Break Ideas Part I


Happy Spring Break from the Ellen Clark Team! We all know that Spring Break is the perfect opportunity to bond with our children and it is nice being able to have a set week to do so each year. You don’t have to travel far though to have a fun filled and educational time with your kids. Richmond and the surrounding counties have plenty to offer and it is always a plus to not worry about breaking the bank to entertain your little bundles of joy. To make planning easier for you, we have compiled a list of go to’s for the week.

 Mondays pickMaymont Estate and Park 

A little history on Maymont:  Maymont was initially a 100 acre field of pasture purchased by James Henry and Sallie May Dooley in 1886 and was transformed into a Victorian Estate by 1893 with the addition of the mansion and gardens. After both James (1922) and Sallie passed in (1925), Maymont was turned over to the city and opened as a museum and public park. The Maymont Foundation, a private nonprofit,  took over responsibility for the park in 1975 and have worked diligently since to fund raise and advocate for the park to ensure its historical and educational legacy continue on.

Why we chose Maymont:

Outdoor Activity– Maymont is in a great location and has over 100 acres of land to explore. What better way to encourage the kids to be more active than to provide them with a majestic large scale play ground? From toddlers to their grandparents, Maymont has something to offer for EVERYONE!

Carriage Rides– Private or group tours are available. There is a full tour and half tour offered of the estate. Animal Tours/ Training- For a fee you can have a personal guide give you a behind the scenes run down of the nature center and bobcat exhibit. You can also train in the handling of the wildlife of resident animals at the park.

Nature Center and Wildlife Exhibits– The nature center houses an aquarium and outdoor wildlife includes American bison, a bobcat, owls, hawks, and more.

Maymont Farm– Is home to the following: chickens, cows, ducks, donkey, goats, horses, rabbits, sheep, and pigs. Farm life in the city! (There is even an adoption program and your support ensures these animals get proper care and is a great gift for Easter, Birthdays, and more!)

The Gardens– Make sure to check out the beauty and history of the Japanese, Italian, and Specialty Gardens along with taking the time to appreciate the Arboretum which were planted at the turn of the 20th Century and include a variety of exotic trees.

The Mansion, Historic Buildings and Carriages– There is a guided tour of the upstairs of the mansion (Tuesday through Sunday 12 to 5 PM), and a self-guided tour of the downstairs exhibit.  The historical buildings feature different architectural styles of the time.

Special Exhibitions– The newest is entitled “Over Here: The WWI Home Front” which showcases the effects of WWI on the household of James and Sallie May Dooley.

Spring Break Activities– Monday 4/10 through Friday 4/14 the park will be throwing a series of activities for the children, including but not limited to, family scavenger hunts, period games “Pinwheels & Pastimes”, even a fairy chase! (more activities and descriptions available at Maymont.org )

And the big event this week, Dominion Family Easter– Saturday 4/15 from 10 am to 3 pm. This is going to great for the youngsters. There will be a bonnet parade, a fun zone, Easter Bunny to visit with, all kinds of child fun activities, food vendors, and live music/entertainment.

Please see the parks website for more details, information of their mobile tour, and pricing.  Memberships for families/individuals are available and don’t forget your donations help support the Maymont Foundation which keeps this piece of history available for our enjoyment now and in the future.

The Ellen Clark Team will have more ideas for you tomorrow and if you or anyone you know has real estate needs feel free to give us a call at 804-387-2976 or email at patricia@ellenclark.com.



Ellen Clark Team