If you are a parent to boys, you probably know all about John Deere Tractors. But did you know that within minutes of Sacramento your boys (or girls) can be in tractor heaven? That’s right, Woodland, California is home to the Heidrick Ag History Center which includes the Heidrick Antique Tractor Museum and the Hays Antique Truck Museum. The area’s largest collection of tractors, trucks and farm equipment dating back to 1890.
My family and I had the pleasure of visiting last weekend. Upon arrival we were greeted by our fabulous tour guide Jim Scott who walked around with us for over two hours sharing all kinds of interesting information. He was great with my boys, who at ages 7 and 10 were asking all kinds of questions and he was patient with them when they quickly ran off in the middle of his answers to see something else that caught their eye.
Highlights from the tour include the actual fire truck used in the movie James and the Giant Peach, a replica Route 66 Service Station, and for my 7-year-old, having the pleasure of pedalling a John Deere riding tractor throughout the entire museum.
I was surprised to learn that the Center offers both a conference room and outdoor courtyard for private rentals. The courtyard (equipped with a large BBQ in the form of a tractor) is a great place to hold children’s parties for which the center often brings a tractor or truck out for the kids to climb on and sit for photo ops. Something to think about for future birthdays….
Now, for the best part – The Heidrick Ag History Center has graciously donated two family passes for us to give away to our readers. So, if you are interested, visit the Heidrick Ag History Center’s website and then come back here and leave a comment to be eligible for the passes. The Drawing will be held on Wednesday, May 4th at 2pm. Good luck!