Archives For Animals & Zoos

OC Zoo Preschool Classes

Maruska —  August 15, 2017

Last week, I took my 2 year old to a Preschool Program at the OC Zoo and it was incredible. First, we worked on three fun crafts including a peacock paper plate made with real feathers. While working on the crafts, we got to meet and pet several animals: a weasel named Raspberry, a rose-colored snake, and a hairy armadillo. After the class we visited the zoo and attended story time which was held beneath shade trees on split log benches. And it only cost $5 for both of us.It was such a fun day and a must do for 3 and 4 year olds.

Next Class:

Here is a link to the OC Zoo listing. You can scroll to the the bottom to see all the upcoming classes–>http://bit.ly/2x1xCmc

 

Alysia, Blog Contributor

Discovery Days

Click on image to enlarge

Do you know that Centennial farm has discovery days open to the public once or twice a month? These are completely free events.

During your visit the kids can see a milking demonstration (9:30am only), pet a chick, plant and take home a radish and of course explore the farm which is home to pigs, chickens, cattle, goats, and fruit/vegetable gardens. You can also stop at the many educational stations located around the farm. Fantastic!

Almost forgot, you are welcome to take any of the freshly picked produce in their produce bin. It is free but they ask that you place a donation in the box next to it. Last time we took 4 delicious carrots and they were in our bellies by the time we got home.

So that you know, the Discovery Days take place during the week in the morning, from 9am to 12pm. If you can’t make it to one of these events, you can always visit the Centennial farm Mon-Fri 1pm-4pm, and Sat/Sun 9am-4pm. You won’t get to see the milking demonstrations, pet a chick, plant a radish  or check out the educational stations, but all the animals will still be there and kids just love it.

Next event:

Friday May 5th, 2017Click here for more information and to see all the dates on which this event takes place. Reservations are only required for groups of 6+ children.

ZoomarsZoomars is my kids’ favorite petting zoo and the place we visited the most since my boy was born. There is just something magical about this zoo that charms both kids and adults! What we like the most is the petting pen where you can cuddle with tons of guinea-pigs. But there are many more animals at Zoomars that you can bond with: llamas, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, emus, cows, rabbits, and ponies .

You can also pan for gemstones, hop on their mini-train, ride a horse, dive into the corn box or play at their fun brand new playground. And right now Zoomars is transformed into a fun pumpkin patch with tons of pumpkins of all sizes and shapes to choose from. Just lots of fun things to do.

IMG_6902

Tips:

  • Feeding the animals is something that your kids should experience. You can purchase food at the ticket counter for $4. Get the carrots instead of the broccoli/apple basket. Carrots are much easier to feed to the animals and they last much longer. Also, hold the basket for the kids otherwise it will end up on the floor in no time. Trust me on this!
  • The best time to visit is 9am because the guinea pigs are really hungry and they will run to you. Later it gets more crowded so you might need to help the kids to get the animals out of their hideout. But it isn’t a big issue. If you can’t visit early, don’t worry. I do recommend to visit during the week since it gets crowded on weekends.
  • They have picnic tables, so I normally bring a picnic with me.
  • Feeding the llamas, sheep, cows is as much fun as feeding the guinea pigs. Make sure to keep some food aside for them.
  • IMG_6893

Be Aware:

  • No regular bathrooms, but they have portable potties in the parking lot.
  • Have your kids wear closed toe shoes so that the hay doesn’t poke their little feet.

Admission:

  • Admission is $10/adult, $8/children. Children under 12 months are free.
  • These activities are extra: Horse/Pony rides $5, train rides $3, animal feeds $4, Gemstone, fossil & gold mining $8.

Deals:

Zap Pass: get 18 prepaid admissions for a total of $125. That is $7 per admission instead of $10. I bought one of these cards and I really recommend it if you are planning to go several times. It doesn’t expire and you can even share it with your friends.

Cheep Card: 10 admissions, 8 feed baskets, 5 pony rides and 5 train rides for $125.

IMG_6905

Hours:

Daily, 9am to 5pm.

Parking:

Zoomars has a small parking lot at the corner of Paseo Adelanto and River Street. I normally park in the indoor train station parking lot on Verdugo Street which is free for 3 hours. You can also park at Los Rios park which is just north of River Street. All three parking options are free.

Other Activities Close By:

  • The train station is just next door. My kids love watching the trains stopping and departing, it is just not something they see every day.
  • Los Rios park is also walking distance. This is a fairly large playground and it is a lot of fun.
  • The Mission of San Juan Capistrano is also walking distance.
  • Lots of restaurants on Camino Capistrano.

Address:

31791 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675.