With one rope and one grip handle ensuring easy play (for both you and your pup), you’re bound to have a blast. With 3 mini squeaky squirrels and a puzzle tree trunk, this toy is a challengingly interactive and a proven boredom buster.
Available for $10.00 at Bark shop Add a dash of patriotism to your games of fetch with this Lady Liberty squeaker ball. With a soft plush outside and a spiky squeaker ball interior, this toy is custom-made to withstand the perils of both dachshunds and democracy.
With its figure 8 design, knotted rope texture, and rubber middle this toy is made for play. For the ultimate all-weather toy that stands up to even the strongest Super Chewers, this Romp-n-Roll Jolly Ball will quickly become your new best friend.
With plush ping pong balls, crinkly cup, and durable ballistic nylon seams, your pup will definitely remember all the fun they had the next morning. It’s bright glow and ridged texture make it easy to grip and locate in the dark.
Available for $26.48 on Amazon Engage your dog’s sense of smell, and puts his nose and brain to work as he “hunts” for food with this Snuffle Nose work/Feeding Mat. Hiding treats within the scruffy mat encourages your pup’s natural foraging skills and is yet another way to slow down a speedy eater.
Even buoyant in the water, it’s Hydro Plane design allows it to float atop the surface for dogs that love splashing in the ocean, lake, river, or pool. Odd Ollie The Octopus is anything but an airhead with his Squeaky Spiky Ball brain surrounded by double stuffing in his head- he’s a toy that’s full of surprises.
Available for $3.99 on Amazon When my pup is bored, my house can end up looking a little like the scene of a natural disaster. With the Outward Hound Nina Ottoman Dog Tornado Puzzle Toy, you can keep your dog engaged and your home in one piece (hopefully).
This plush collection includes one juicy burger, a drumstick, a classic hot dog, a large side of fries, and one sweet milkshake to wash it all down. This toy is made with tough transparent rubber, and the walls of the flute are filled with distilled water.
The ring shape makes this toy an easy favorite for a great game of tug or the perfect nose warmer! This BARK Original is made with a full-body spiky squeaker cylinder, covered in plush and loaded with rattles.
Raised green polka dots and soft spikes that protrude from its body make this toy unique and create new sensations when biting down. Instead of using a typical squeaker, this toy makes a realistic pig noise that’s certain to give your upper something to bark about.
Load the Ultra Dart and watch as your dog chases after the erratic spinning thing in an excited frenzy. Available for $11.99 at Target and BarkS hop While he may be a good Thespian, Playacting’ Paddy Possum won’t have your smart upper fooled.
Packed with tons of fluff and covered in super spreadable fur, Playacting’ Paddy is the perfect toy for your dog to cuddle or chomp! With a full body tube squeaker inside to keep things exciting and an extra long tail for thrashing Playacting’ Paddy is ready to wrestle.
Available for $11.00 at Chewy This interactive play ball works to engage your upper through sounds, colors, and motion! With noises designed to mimic human laughter and joy and a series of flashing colors, this toy is bound to distract even the most curious pups.
The Wobble Wag Giggle Ball is a great solution for the pup in your life who needs a little extra ta entertainment. When Parents set out to find the top zoos in the country, we identified 50 where kids can pet and often feed the wildlife.
In Wallabies Station, the zoo's four-and-a-half-acre Australian-themed children's area, kids can brush a goat's fur, and walk down a path as kangaroos and yellow-footed wallabies hop in front of them. In Lowry's expanded Safari Africa exhibit, your family can climb up on a platform to offer one of the giraffes a snack.
Kids squeal in delight when the giraffe sticks out its 18-inch-long tongue to snatch a cracker. Since Lowry Park was the first zoo in the country with an accredited preschool, the staff is especially comfortable fielding questions from families.
And if you need to relax or nurse, there's even a “mother stop,” a shaded area with benches and child-size picnic tables. On weekends in the summer at the Chicago-area park, they can release ladybugs in the nearby children's garden or help harvest some crops.
“We'll parade across the zoo with kids carrying the corn to the bison exhibit or the herbs to the area where monkeys live,” says Stuart Stahl, Ph.D., Brookfield's director. As your family walks around, chances are you'll stumble across a zoo chat” -- there are about 300 of them a week -- in which keepers answer questions about the different species and animal habitats.
It's practically impossible to do everything in a day, but try not to miss Dolphins in Action and the new Hamill Family Wild Encounters, where kids can touch and groom goats and get up-close to wallabies and parakeets, take a spin on one of the country's largest hand-carved wooden carousels, and see the Mexican gray wolves at Ravenstein Wolf Woods. Then you walk inside a chilly cove and watch three other species (the zoo has 91 penguins in all) as they swim or congregate above the water.
At the Emerson Children’s Zoo, kids can go down a clear tube slide that crosses through the river-otter exhibit, giving them a nose-to-nose view. Follow the sea lions at the underwater window as they show off their athleticism, take the trail through the deer yard and then meet our playful river otters and industrious beavers.
The fun continues at RPG Aquarium where you can touch a stingray and see the sharks in their two-story tank. Take a trip to the Islands and get up close to Philippine crocodiles, Visayans warty pigs, and clouded leopards.
Near the entrance is Indiana Family Farm, where children can peek into the chicken coop and feed the goats. The 20-foot-high tree house in the Indonesian Rain Forest has an entrance that only small kids can fit through.
Over in the newly renovated Australian Adventure area, children can hop alongside Eastern gray kangaroos in the Kangaroo Yard, splash around in Outback Springs play stream, and even touch a stingray. The African Journey lets explorers ride the Sky Safari, feed the giraffes, and discover a variety of animals on the veldt in the Zebra Research Station.
Healthy children's meals and low-cost wagon and stroller rentals make your outing even easier. Young explorers get their own entrance to Aronofsky's Tiny Tot Nature Spot, stone lily pads to hop on.
To see as much as possible without wearing the kids out, hop on the Safari aerial tram or half-hour bus tour, and then linger at a few of the unique exhibits, such as the ones with giant pandas and the elephants. Only three other American zoos (in Atlanta, Memphis, and Washington, D.C.) have black-and-white pandas, and thanks to a platform, your kids can get what's arguably the best look at them in San Diego.
In the Harry & Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey exhibit, families can watch six of these African animals get cared for -- from pedicures to weigh-ins. Out of the 200 animals, about 45 -- including markets and wombats -- have received special training, so staff can take them out to meet the kids.
A petting zoo, live shows, and a Bug House are also part of the fun. They can sit inside a heron's nest, try to jump as far as a frog does, pop out of a prairie-dog burrow, climb into a turtle shell, or crawl through an otter log.
Kids can feed meal worms to almost two dozen species of birds -- including doves, cuckoos, and parrots -- at the children's zoo. In the ultra-fun Forest Play Area, kids can look for animal footprints and swing on vines like a monkey.
Kids love the sea lions show and the tank that lets them see polar bears underwater. In a big red barn, kids can see cows being milked and may get a glimpse of eggs that are hatching.
The Great Escape exhibit -- with its fallen trees, waterfalls, and pools -- will make your family feel as if you're in the rain forest. In its award-winning Big Cat Falls exhibit, families can watch a white lion through floor-to-ceiling windows -- then head to their nearby “research station” filled with computer games and fun activities.
Credit: Photo by Ron Magill Image Courtesy of the Miami Metro Zoo The children's zoo is packed with unusual animals like a blue-tongued skin (a type of lizard) and a Kickapoo (a relative of the raccoon) plus usual faves like sheep and pigs.
Kids can explore a realistic cave, pet a goat, and burn off some steam in an animal-themed playground. Kids can ride a miniature train through a wooden tunnel, feed a camel, and pretend to be a baby chick.