Farms conjure up reminiscences of a more self-sufficient time, when people plowed their own fields, churned their own butter, and gathered in the evenings to build their own flat-screen TVs. Tune into agricultural nostalgia with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a one-year Blue Ribbon family membership to Heritage Farm Museum in Sterling, Virginia (a $150 value).
The Heritage Farm Museum edifies and entertains visitors with its exhibits and collections on agrarian life in Loudoun County. Families of two adults plus children, grandchildren, and all imaginary friends under 18 receive free admission for one year plus eight free guest passes, allowing them to explore the many hands-on displays with as many hands as they can round up. Play customer or storekeeper in the authentic collections of the Waxpool General Store exhibit, or pay a visit to the children's farm exhibit where youngsters can milk a lifelike cow, collect eggs from virtual chickens, and tool around on miniature farm vehicles.
Members can also attend Monday Mornings with Milkie during special members-only hours and can invite up to 14 guests into the museum for a Farmer's Tea Party complete with story time, tea, coffee, snacks, and cucumber sandwiches served on pitchfork prongs. Browse handcrafted toys, local candies and snacks, and homespun gifts in the gift shop, armed with a 10% discount on merchandise, and plan to receive 10% off birthday-party packages for well-behaved tractors.