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New kids on the block: Maymont welcomes baby goats just in time for Dominion Family Easter this Saturday

The baby goats have arrived just in time for Dominion Family Easter, taking place at Maymont this Easter Sunday, March 31st.

Trevor Dickerson



To celebrate spring, Maymont welcomes three baby goats to Maymont Farm this week, just in time for Dominion Energy Family Easter on March 30. The new kids on the block are visiting Maymont for a few weeks from their home on a farm in Hanover County and will be on view daily at the Maymont Farm from 10 am to 5 pm during March and April, including Spring Break Week, April 1-5.

The three kids, Bunny, Berry and Birdy, were born this winter and are now fully weaned. Domesticated goats (Capra hircus) are sociable animals and prefer to live in groups. While these youngsters are visiting, they will pal around with Maymont’s current goat herd, which includes three different breeds: Nigerian dwarf, pygmy and hybrid goats. The three kids are a Tennessee domestic goat breed that includes coats of many different color variations. Bunny and Berry are females and a light tan color; Birdy is male with a white coat.

“Baby animals help Maymont’s environmental educators teach visitors about the seasonal nature of animal life cycles,” said Krista Weatherford, Director of Programming and Community Engagement. “Seeing very young animals along with mature animals gives a wider understanding of life on a farm.”

“We are happy to provide our community throughout the Richmond region with a chance to enjoy and interact with the resident animals at Maymont Farm,” added Parke Richeson, Maymont President and CEO. “It’s such a delight to see baby animals leaping about and exploring the world around them.”

Along with the goats, Maymont Farm is home to horses, cows, sheep, alpacas, pigs, chickens, ducks and a Sicilian donkey. At the Farm, guests are welcome to purchase tokens for feed pellets for the cows, sheep and goats.

Between the Farm animals, The Robins Nature Center, and the habitats for rescued native wildlife, Maymont cares for over 300 animals representing more than 85 different species. Anyone who would like to help feed and care for the new babies and the rest of the Maymont animal family is encouraged to donate to the Adopt an Animal program.

The babies have arrived just in time for Maymont Family Easter, which will feature a number of fun family activities Easter Sunday, according to organizers:

  • Snap a pic with the Easter Bunny, presented by Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods
  • Pet some alpacas and baby farm animals
  • Play Easter-themed games and make crafts like Easter bonnets
  • Solve clues to find 6 Golden Eggs to earn prize-filled eggs for each clue solved
  • Meet local heroes and community helpers in the Community Zone
  • Enjoy live entertainment on three stages — including Jonathan the Juggler
  • Have a picnic with tempting selections from a range of food vendors

Advance reservations are recommended. Admission is just $5 per person, and it’s free for Maymont members and Museums for All participants. All event proceeds help care for Maymont and keep it open and accessible for all, year-round.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.