The museums around Cincinnati offer everything from seasonal fun to educational trips "” and sometimes both. This summer, consider the Gorman Heritage Farm and Heritage Village in Sharon Woods for a day of outdoor activities touring the local working farm or experiencing a 19th-century town.

Gorman Heritage Farm, a 120-acre working farm, is in Evendale. Its mission is to provide people with the opportunity to explore and learn the history, values and methods of a family farm in a natural setting.

Wednesday through Saturday, Gorman Farm is open to visitors, who can stroll through the property, see barnyard animals and watch the staff hard at work. "People can come and visit the animals," says Vicki Foster, events and marketing manager. "We'll have piglets and lambs, and the mule team works out in the field on weekends."

Every other Saturday, experienced farmhands give a guided tour, teaching visitors about the inner workings of the farm. "Don't miss our flower cutting garden," says Foster. "People can come all through the season to pick their own flowers, and the colors, textures and smells change all through the season."

FARM TO TABLE

Adults can check out cooking classes, which have proven very popular. "All cooking classes are farm to table," Foster says. "We go out into the garden to gather the vegetables before preparing a meal instead of giving people all the ingredients."

This summer the classes are focused on hot tamales (June 12), pasta (July 9) and Chinese cuisine (August 26).

This year Gorman's farmer's market is growing and expanding. It's a great place for people to buy produce, fresh greens, sweet corn and other locally grown food. The Row by Row fundraiser in July features this local, organic food as well.

SUMMER CAMPS

For kids, Gorman offers summer camps that promise to give participants a hands-on experience with plants and animals.

"Our summer camps are always a lot of fun," says Foster. For ages 4-12, many of the weeklong camps are themed. For young children (ages 4-6), there are the "Seedlings" and "Sprouts" camps, which give the tiny tots a chance to experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the farmyard with their parents.

For older kids, offerings like "Science Camp," "Wilderness Camp," "Vet Camp," and "Art Camp" make summer fun as well as educational.

SHARON WOODS

The refurbished Heritage Village Museum in Sharon Woods re-creates the atmosphere and workings of an Ohio town from the 1800s.

Meander through the town and chat with the "residents. The all- volunteer performers conduct many tasks common in 19th century, including spinning, candle dipping, soap making, carpentry, gardening, printing and bartering
 

DETAILS

Gorman Heritage Farm
10052 Reading Road
Evendale, OH 45241
(513) 563-6663
www.gormanfarm.org

Heritage Village Museum
11450 Lebanon Road
Sharonville, OH 45241
(513) 563-9484

 

DON'T MISS

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
1301 Western Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45203
(513) 287-7000
 
Center of Science and Industry (COSI)
333 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 228-2674
 
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 241-0343