Entertaining Young Children
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Entertaining Young Children

Although it might seem simple to keep kids happy and entertained, the process is a lot more difficult than most people realize. I started thinking more seriously about going through and entertaining the kids in my house, and it occurred to me that we could do better. I began carefully considering all of the different aspects of entertainment, and I was really surprised with how many options were out there. I wanted to start a new website that looked at entertainment from a parenting perspective. Check out these posts to find out how you can keep your kids happy without compromising their intelligence.


Entertaining Young Children

3 Things That You Can Do At A Petting Zoo

Rhonda Gardner

If you're a parent who is looking for an animal-related activity for your family to enjoy, one of the options that you might wish to consider is visiting a petting zoo. You can easily look online to find one or more petting zoos in your area, and then begin making plans to visit with your family. The highlight for your kids will almost certainly be to gently pet a variety of animals, while feeding them is also something that will be exciting. What you might not realize is that petting zoos often offer a number of other family activities that you can do during your visit. Here are some examples. 

Hay Rides

Some petting zoos, particularly those that are situated on large plots of rural land, give visitors the chance to take a hayride. A family trailer is covered with square bales of hay for sitting, and then a team of horses pulls the trailer and its passengers along a set route. Any child who is interested in farming will enjoy getting a chance to interact with some farm animals and then take a hayride. The latter can especially be exciting for kids who haven't been around horses in the past.

Pony Rides

Taking a hayride isn't the only riding option that is frequently available at petting zoos. Another activity that you'll frequently find is taking a pony ride. Children who are really excited to be close to the animals will likely appreciate this opportunity. While it's a rewarding experience to be able to pet and feed an animal, climbing onto its back and riding it can be even more special. Commonly, a petting zoo employee will hold a lead rope that is attached to the pony's harness, ensuring that the pony follows a specific route and does so at a slow speed that is suitable for kids.

Goat Yoga

While you'll occasionally find yoga studios that offer goat yoga classes in specific outdoor areas, there are also some petting zoos that have this activity available for visitors. You'll want to check the petting zoo's website to learn about classes, as they tend to have specific start and end times, rather than allow you to simply drop in. If your kids have perhaps tried various yoga poses with you when you've practiced at home, they'll be interested to work on some poses while goats mingle among them. Each of these activities can be fun for the entire family during a petting zoo visit.