Kelsey Creek Farm Park is a glimpse into old-fashioned country life, and a surefire hit with tots. Visit pigs, goats, sheep, and bunnies, play in the oversized sandbox, explore nature trails and make a playground pit-stop on your way out.
More than your average farm, Fox Hollow provides a totally memorable experience for families and farm-loving tots. Get some wiggles out in the huge inflatables, take a spin on mini John Deere tractors, or head to the Farm Village, where kids can play “homestead” in pint-sized cottages complete with play food, furniture and (of course) slides.
Pack a picnic or nosh on farm fare: sandwiches, organic fruits and veggies, ice cream, and cotton candy. A perfect spot to spend a sunny afternoon or a Mother’s Day outing, Flower World is a 15-acre oasis of rolling lawns and roaming roosters, duck ponds, foliage and farm animals.
Wander through the rows of gorgeous blooms, veggie starts, and fruit trees. Visit the petting zoo (behind the market, with access to Flower World) and say hello to resident sheep, lambs, goats and peacocks.
Ride a pony or a donkey, but keep your goldfish crackers to yourself–no food or drinks allowed in the petting area. Owners Bob and Lynn have been sharing their farm animals with preschoolers for over 20 years but decided finally to try out retirement.
If your little bunny wants to walk with the animals and talk with the animals… or even touch, pet, feed and hug them too, we’ve got just the ticket for a hands-on safari. From ponies, pigs and talking parrots to goats, camels, alpacas and so many more amazing creatures, your little tyke will go wild for these petting zoos.
Even more, if you love this local ranch they offer birthday parties, pony rides, summer programs and more. Insider's Tip: Wear long pants and closed toed shoes.
Insider's Tip: Wear long pants and closed toed shoes. This gorgeous, serene retreat is about a 40-minute ride (from downtown San Diego) and it's well worth the drive.
Insider's Tip: Pack a lunch to eat at the picnic tables by the great oak tree. Giddy up to South San Diego and pet a pig, hug a cow or ride a pony.
You'll find a plethora of animals at this working farm that your little one can pet and snuggle. Cost: $10/person for petting zoo ; free for kids under two; $5/pony riders: Sat.
Also, little ones love to check out the giant KOI fish as an extra treat. This small non-profit bird sanctuary makes a fun and unique day outing for the crew.
Good to know: Free Flight is small, but a visit makes for a great afternoon. This is a first-rate place for future veterinarians to interact with the animals, and it’s educational too.
Not only is there a huge walk-in corral fabulously-filled with bunnies and guinea pigs, your little peeps will get a kick out of feeding the goats, sheep, llamas and donkeys too. We’re giving you a good of’ heads-up, so you can manage your little farmers’ expectations.
Not only will the kiddies get a little giddy, they might also let out a small “baa-baa” when they get a gander of the Zoo Safari Park’s petting kraal. The perfect-place for timid toddlers to reach out and gently feel a goat’s hair or a sheep’s wooly-softness, little farm-hands will also delight in brushing the animals too.
Enter a large fenced-in area with plenty of space and introduce your little one to first-hand farm-fun. An extra bonus is watching the newborn animals (located right before you enter the petting kraal).
Head north up the 15 freeway to Valley Center, and you’ll find Bates Nut Farm is a sweet stop for some rustic romping. Not only can little farm-helpers shout a heehaw to mini donkeys and hand-feed the goats and sheep, they also get a look-see at the llamas, pigs, emus, chickens, peacocks, ducks and geese and a tortoise.
Plus, there are giraffes, monkeys, bears, and tigers, to name just a small sample of the kid-favorite species you'll find at this epic NYC destination. The Children's Zoo offers a tamer, more tactile experience for those who are looking for a more hands-on visit: Little ones can interact with donkeys, sheep, and goats.
It lets children as young as 3 climbdown through elevated tunnels and across rope bridges to see zoo attractions from the treetops. Older kids (7 and up) can navigate the Treetop Adventure, which offers a zip line over a river and an obstacle course suspended in the trees.
Though you won't find the most exotic animals here, there are still tons of fun things to do with kids at this NYC gem. The Discovery Trail is a winding, shady path that snakes through an array of animal habitats and includes interactive games for kids like a climbable spider web.
Red pandas, a duck pond (bring quarters to feed them), and an aviary are just a few of the awesome attractions you'll encounter. The Kid's Zoo has farm animals to feed and interact with, and the sea lion show is not to be missed.
), and boasts 300 different species of animals, including kangaroos, leopards, and a variety of impressive birds of prey. If you need a break between attractions, there's a café on the grounds as well as a covered pavilion with picnic tables where you can rest and snack between exhibits.
Check out the Adopt-an-Animal program : Kids will love the idea of helping an animal friend, and the proceeds are donated to the zoo. Wander down the Animal Trail, or explore the Aviary, which features a dome from the 1964 World's Fair.
Don't forget to pause and take in the George Del Norte Musical Clock to watch hippos, goats, and bears serenade visitors with a selection of nursery rhymes every 30 minutes. There's a lot to see at the Central Park Zoo, so don't forget to take a time out to fuel up at the Dancing Crane Café.
Keep in mind that general admission does not include all the attractions (pricing guidelines are outlined on its website). Given its heavily trafficked location in Central Park, this spot draws a big tourist crowd and the relatively expensive price tag to match.
This immersive experience will unquestionably be on the list of highlights, but don't rush through the exhibit because there's plenty to see along the way. Tons of fish, playful otters, a squadron of pelicans and some very vocal sea lions will all be jockeying for your attention.
The sea lion show, held in the Aqua Theater, is a must-see, so check the times when you enter. New York City zoos offer families the chance to get up close and personal with animals from all over the world.
Whether your children are big or small, there is a zoo somewhere in NYC suited to their age, interests and attention span.