Dinwiddie County, Virginia
The Red Barn Farm is a historical rescue farm nestled in beautiful Dinwiddie County, Virginia just minutes off of the I-85 and I-95 interchange. We offer educational farm tours, youth and toddler summer camps, school field trips, and birthday parties. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay current with the latest weather conditions affecting our venue.
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DIRECTIONS TO THE FARM:
From Richmond area take I-95 South to exit 51/I-85 South/US 460 West. Take exit 63A/Boydton Plank Road. Turn left on Duncan Road and left on Smith Grove Road.
From South Hill/Bracy/North Carolina state line area take I-85 North to exit 61. Turn left on Route 1/Boydton Plank Road. Turn right on Duncan Road and left on Smith Grove Road.
From Roanoke Rapids/Emporia area take I-95 North to exit 51/I-85 South/US 460 West. Take exit 63A/Boydton Plank Road. Turn left on Duncan Road and left on Smith Grove Road.
THE LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE
A faith based, back-to-basics school where children develop a strong foundation in reading, writing, Spanish, mathematics, hands-on science, American history, and all things rural.
WELCOME TO THE LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE
This little schoolhouse is a testimony of how faith the size of a mustard seed can impact many lives.
Open enrollment for the 2023 - 2024 school year begins February 1, 2023.
We are enrolling kindergarten - 3rd grade students at this time. OPEN ENROLLMENT FORM (click)
School begins August 14, 2023. The school day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm. The option of after school care is in addition to tuition. We will follow the traditional school calendar with longer breaks during the holidays.
Children are less likely to behave inappropriately when they are fully engaged in learning at their instructional level. Student engagement is vital to building confident learners. Additionally, we believe that children learn best through exploration, investigation, and inquiry. Children attending school will learn how to solve conflict through kindness, respect, and understanding for each other.
Our curriculum is from Bob Jones University. While the Virginia Standards of Learning serve a purpose for public school, we feel students deserve an education above minimal standards. Additionally, we believe grades should reflect student learning and mastery of the content. Formative assessments (quizzes, assignments) provide important data about each child's growth. Struggling students receive reteaching to ensure they are able to master the content. Students receive leveled reading, writing, and mathematics instruction in order to bridge any gaps in learning. In essence, we believe all children will learn with the right instruction.
Student tuition is $6,000 per school year with 10% discount for second sibling. Parents who pay their child's tuition by August 15, 2022 receive 5% discount.
About our School:
Dennita taught 23 years in Virginia's public schools before leaving in 2022. She is a licensed teacher of English, Special Education, and School Administrator. She has taught every grade level, served as a reading specialist, teacher coach, and mentor. Her vision is to create a BACK-to-BASICS, ONE-ROOM farm school where children develop a strong foundation in phonics, reading, writing, mathematics, Spanish, hands-on science, American History, all things rural, and Christian values. The vision of The Little Red Schoolhouse just makes good sense, especially as public school drifts further and further from common sense education, morals, and values parents want their children to learn.
Follow us on Instagram @the_little_red_schoolhouse_VA for weekly insights into our one-room schoolhouse!
2023 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Those who say money can't buy happiness have never paid a rescue fee.
SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS
Interactive Student Experience
School field trips are a wonderful way to introduce life science through an engaging and interactive experience. We are open to all public, private, and home school students. Our field trips are aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning and provide a hands on experience for all children.
Field trips are special events scheduled throughout the week all year long, regardless of our normal business hours. Admission per student/parent/sibling is $10 (includes animal feed). Each school is allowed 1 free adult per 10 children.
We offer Mini-Melt ice cream - $5.
Minimum of 10 children is required.
Field trips are by appointment only. Please call 804-536-6879 for available dates and times.
SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS
FAMILY FARM VISITS (CLICK)
“If you live to be a hundred, I hope I live to be a hundred minus one day, so that I never have to live a day without you.” Winnie the Pooh
The Red Barn Farm is a haven for rescued animals needing a second chance in life. This is their FOREVER HOME - a place where they are surrounded by constant love and kindness. Children of all ages enjoy learning about mammals, reptiles, and hand-feeding all of the animals. The animals definitely enjoy the chin scratches! Throughout the year, we have plenty of baby bunnies, chicks, and quail for children to hold.
2023 Family Farm Visit Dates:
April - June hours: Saturday 10 am - 3 pm (closed Sunday, except for special events)
July hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10 am - 3 pm (closed Sunday, except for special events.)
August - October 14 hours: Only open Saturdays 10 am - 3 pm
November - December hours: refer to Santa schedule
$10 per person 2 years and older.
$3 option animal food cups.
All major credit cards and Apple Pay are accepted.
All visitors must wear closed-toed shoes.
No pets are allowed at the farm.
SPECIAL UPCOMING EVENTS:
Easter Egg Hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny April 1, 2, and 8. 10 am - 3 pm each day $8 admission per person 2 years and older.
Fall Family Farm Day Caramel apples, apple butter, hot dogs, games for the children, free fishing (catch and release) and more! September 23, 10 am - 3 pm $8 admission per person 2 years and older.
Falloween on the Farm: October 28: 12:00 - 7:00 pm $13 admission per person 2 years old and older. Costume contests (Themes: cute, farm, family, and original costumes) hayrides, cotton candy, cinnamon apple donuts, concessions (hamburgers, hotdogs and more), and live music (band TBD)! Come feed the animals and enter our costume contents!
Cookies with Santa: The REAL Santa arrives each day with his adorable elves! Bring an unwrapped toy for the MARINES TOYS FOR TOTS. WE ALL need to help spread Christmas cheer for the children in our community.
General admission dates: November 25-26, and December 1-2 10 am - 3 pm each day. $10 admission per person 2 years and older, $3 animal food cups.
VIP Santa dates: December 3, 9-10, 16, 23. $15 admission per person 2 years and older. Call 804-536-6879 for advance ticket sales.
Live Nativity: Walk Through Bethlehem
December 9-10 and 16-17
Saturdays 4 pm - 8 pm
Sundays 2 pm - 6 pm
Collaboration with First Baptist Church of Hopewell
What kind of animals do you have?
Turkeys, bunnies, chicks, emus, chickens, ducks, geese, a tortoise, peafowl, alpacas, cows, horses, donkeys, pigs, and sheep. All of the animals are generally hand fed by visitors.
Do you have a picnic area?
There are three picnic areas for family picnics: by the playground, by the barn, and near the pond.
Can we bring outside food?
Yes, you may bring food and coolers. Grills and alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
Do you allow fishing at the pond?
Fishing is allowed; however, lures may not be used. This protects our summer campers who use the pond. We sell Canadian nightcrawler at admissions. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available at admissions. Life vests are available and should be worn at all times while in a canoe or kayak. Swimming is discouraged.
SUMMER DAY CAMP
Children Ages 5 - 12
ANIMAL EXPLORERS FARM CAMP Your little animal lover will want to join us for summer camp. No two weeks are the same as barn life changes from week to week with new babies born throughout the entire summer. Campers who attend multiple weeks will train to show livestock at the Virginia State Fair. This will ensure that all repeating campers enjoy the multiple weeks. Animal Explorers will work in teams and learn about the animal husbandry of rabbits, emus, chickens, mini horses, mini donkeys, and quail. Additionally, campers will learn how to begin their own chicken business. Imagine your child being an entrepreneur at a young age! This is a hands-on FUN experience where all campers will assist with animal care and become experts on their favorite farm animals. On the last day of camp, campers will give their parents/guardians a tour of the farm teaching them everything they learned throughout the week. This year, campers will meet their parents on the last day of camp at 3:30. We will begin with a PARENT BRAIN CHALLENGE (so much fun) and end in the barnyard where the campers will share with all parents the knowledge they learned about their favorite animal. This is an amazing opportunity for campers to build their self-confidence as leaders.
Typical Summer Camp Agenda:
8:00 Campers arrive/unpack/sunscreen
8:30 - 9:30 Animal lesson
9:30 - 11:30 Barn Chores and Animal Snuggles
11:30 - 12:00 *Lunch/sunscreen
12:00 - 1:00 Fishing/Canoeing/Archery/Craft
1:00 - 1:30 Water Challenge/Team Building
1:30 - 2:30 Barn chores
2:30 - 3:00 Prepare for pick-up
3:00 - 5:00 Extended Day Camp Hours Available
* Due to state and local requirements, all campers will bring their own lunch each day. Refrigeration is provided.
Sessions (click any link):
CAMPER FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED:
Physical Form Completed by Pediatrician (Bring the first day of camp.)
(Camp sessions are $260 per week. 10% sibling discount, 10% military discount - 1 discount per family)
Campers are assigned a camp counselor based on their age.
Camp Leader 1 Bird Team: 5 - 8-year-olds
Camp Leader 2 Mammal Team: 9 - 12-year-olds
and all volunteers are CPR/First Aid Certified
Junior Camp Counselors: Previous campers who have turned 13 years old may attend camp as a Junior Camp Counselor (JCC). All JCCs work directly under the supervision of an adult Camp Leader until the age of 16. Junior Camp Counselors may volunteer all 5 weeks provided they complete CPR and First Aid training. A JCC position may lead to a future paid (adult) summer Camp Leader position. If you would like to assist as a JCC this year, please send an email of inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TODDLER/MOMMY "SPROUT" CAMP
MOMMY / TODDLER "SPROUT" DAY CAMP
Children Ages 2 - 4
MOMMY / TODDLER DAY CAMP
This is the perfect opportunity to introduce toddlers to farm life. Toddlers will learn how to hold and touch baby animals, the life cycle of chickens, animal and plant needs. Your little "sprout" will enjoy our playground area while socializing with other toddlers. Parents are welcome to bring lunch and eat under our picnic shelter.
Parents/guardians/au pairs are required to participate with their toddler during camp.
Typical Sprout Weekly Agenda:
9:00 Sprouts arrive
9:00 - 9:30 Sprouts animal/plant interactive mini-lesson
9:30 10:15 Sprouts tour barnyard and learn animal names, the sounds they make, and hand-feed animals
10:15 - 10:30 break/wash hands
10:30 - 11:00 Sprouts investigate mammal life cycle and match babies with their mommas
11:00 - 11:30 Sprouts collect chicken eggs and learn the life cycle of a chicken / explore incubators
11:30 - 12:00 Sprouts explore garden plants and vegetables and investigate the effects of sun and water on plant growth
Parents may use the playground area and picnic area after camp.
Sessions (click any link):
CAMPER FORM MUST BE COMPLETED:
All sprouts receive a camp t-shirt
(Sprout sessions $160 Mon - Thurs. 10% sibling discount, 10% military discount - 1 discount per family)
COOKIES WITH SANTA
IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
Sharing the Magic of Christmas with every child. (Video)
We believe Christmas traditions create lifelong memories and that is why we are passionate about sharing our traditions with the community. Bring your children to see the REAL Santa and his adorable elves. All children will begin their adventure by creating a wish list at the farm prior to sitting on Santa's lap. Parents, bring your cameras to capture the precious moments between your child and Santa! There is a cookie decorating station, too, and daily appearances by the Gingerbread Man and the Grinch. This year, Santa will have the POLAR EXPRESS train (toy train) running for the children to enjoy. Child friendly concessions available for purchase (hotdogs, hamburgers, cotton candy, pop corn, hot chocolate, ice cream).
Cookies with Santa: The REAL Santa arrives each day!
General admission dates: November 25-26, and December 1-2 10 am - 3 pm each day. $10 admission.
VIP Santa dates: VIP Santa offers a smaller crowd with little to no line wait. Hot chocolate bar included. December 3, 9-10, 16, 17, 23. $15 admission. Text 804-536-6879 for advance ticket sales.
WALK THROUGH BETHLEHEM: LIVE NATIVITY
"AND SHE GAVE BIRTH TO HER FIRSTBORN SON AND WRAPPED HIM IN SWADDLING CLOTHS AND LAID HIM IN A MANGER, BECAUSE THERE WAS NO PLACE FOR THEM IN THE INN." LUKE 2:7
The First Baptist Church of Hopewell presents the third annual Walk Through Bethlehem: Live Nativity at The Red Barn Farm.
Step back 2,000 years in time and experience life in Bethlehem. Encounter Roman soldiers, shopkeepers, live animals, shepherds and angels. Witness the Baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.
This is a hands-on, interactive event for the entire family. Come peruse the craft vendors, enjoy good food, live music, a warm fire, hot chocolate, and make great family memories while feeling the Spirit of Christmas.
December 9, 10, 16, 17
Saturdays 4 pm - 8 pm
Sundays 2 pm - 6 pm
No reservation or admission fee.