Frying Pan Farm Park

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Park open dawn to dusk. Kidwell Farm open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Facility Hours vary.

703-437-9101
TTY 711

Farm: 2709 West Ox Road; Visitor Center: 2739 West Ox Road
Herndon, Virginia

Yvonne Johnson,
Manager

Frying Pan Farm Park Field Trips

Step by Step Instructions to Request a Field Trip Date:

  1. Click the “Request a Reservation” link.
  2. In the Facility Reservation Portal, choose your desired location using the search box or click the site’s icon on the interactive map.
  3. Select your chosen park’s “Reserve” button.
  4. On your chosen park’s page, click the “Reserve” or “Check Availability” button in the School Field Trips box to see the availability calendar.
  5. Use the calendar to identify which days are available. Available dates are green.
  6. Click on your desired day.
  7. Navigate through the calendar using the Calendar Date field.
  8. Click 'Reserve Unit' in the pop up window.
  9. Log in with an existing ParkTakes account, or create a new one.
  10. In the Booking Details screen, fill in all applicable boxes in the ‘Extra Information section.  All fields with an asterisk are required.
  11. Click ‘Book Site’.
  12. Review your cart and check out. There are no fees charged for a reservation request. Payment is due on the day of the program.
  13. After your reservation is complete, a window will open with confirmation of your request. 
  14. You will receive an email that confirms receipt of your request. Staff will be in touch to finalize your booking and any additional details.

If you are requesting a date less than two weeks in advance, please call the park for availability.

Please note that sites limit the total number of students per day. Larger groups may be accommodated over multiple days.

To book consecutive days:

  • Select the first day in your series.
  • In the pop up, use the drop down under “Dates” to select the total days you are booking.
  • Click Reserve Unit.
  • For non-consecutive days, you will need to perform two transactions. After adding the first date to your cart, use the “Reservations” tab on the top right of the page to return to the reservation page and add another date to the cart.

Download Detailed Instructions

Pre-school Farm Mystery: Who Laid the Eggs?

The Farm Mystery program illustrates how the farmer provides farm birds with food, water and shelter and in return they produce eggs for the family. Participants get a guided tour of the farm birds and guess who laid each of the different eggs in an egg carton.

Fees:
In-county: $4 per student
Out-of-county: $5 per student
Length: 30 Minutes
Pre-school FAQ

Kindergarten: The Milky Way: A Day in the Life of a Dairy Animal

Milk a model cow and meet a farm animal. From babyhood to milking, learn what life is like for dairy animals.

Fees:
In-county: $4 per student
Out-of-county: $5 per student
Length: 30 Minutes
SOL Tie Ins: Science: K.1, K.6, K.7
Kindergarten FAQ

1st Grade: The Farm Family

Through discussion and hands-on activities, learn about traditional farm family roles and how they compare to modern family roles.

Fees:
In-county: $5 per student
Out-of-county: $6 per student
Length: One hour
SOL Tie Ins: History and Social Science: 1.1, 1.7, 1.9
1st Grade FAQ

2nd Grade: MOOving the Milk to Town Walk

Walk in the boots of a dairy farmer. Getting the milk from a dairy farm to the consumer’s table is discussed. Students learn the process, then get to act it out during a hands-on game while exchanging money along the way.

Fees:
In-county: $5 per student
Out-of-county: $6 per student
Length: One hour
SOL Tie Ins: History and Social Science 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 2.7
2nd Grade FAQ

3rd Grade: Simple Machines on the Farm

Explore the farm and discover how six simple machines make farm work easier. Students will get hands-on experience using simple machines.

Fees:
In-county: $6 per student
Out-of-county: $7 per student
Length: One hour
SOL Requirements: Science 3.2, Force/Motion/Energy
3rd Grade FAQ

Wagon Rides

Tour the whole park in style with a reserved wagon ride. The ride will take you through the farm, into the woods, past crop fields, and back into the farm yard.

  • Length: 20-25 minutes
  • Group reservations are required
  • Fees: $3.50 per person without a program, $3.00 when reserving a program
  • Maximum 25 riders (children and adults) per wagon load