Farm Babies have arrived at the Minnesota Zoo! For some reason, people just bypass the farm when they go to the zoo. I use to be one of them. Why go to a petting zoo when there are all kinds of other animals you don’t typical see? They are just cows and goats! And do we really want to walk that much further to see them? The answer is yes!!!
From a little kid’s perspective, they get to interact with the farm babies and burn off some extra steam too. If you remember to bring change, buy some goat feed and feed the animal. Regardless if you have food or not, they are friendly enough to let you touch them. It’s a cool experience to have them lick your hands.
What’s better is during the spring time, they all have their babies. You get to see them when they are cute and little. They all look so fuzzy you just want to pick them up and take them home with you. Depending on the time of day, you may have the opportunity to touch one of the piglets or ducklings.
The cow building has a milking station with demonstrations going on all day. They cows on display ranged in age. Three of them were the calf’s that they had on display last year. It’s fun to see them all grown up. The cows were very friendly and my son learned that a Cow tongue is really rough, like a kitten. And oh yeah, they are long too. When the new ones are old enough to be out on display for the public, they can be found either in the John Deere Barn or down by the front next to the goats.
My son got really excited to see the pigs. The kids also had a lot of fun playing in the straw bale maze. When you get that many kids together, it ended up being more of a straw jungle gym with stuff to climb on and less maze-like. Still, a great way for them to burn off the extra energy.
The big white farmhouse’s lower level holds the newly hatched ducklings on the lower level. In addition to the ducklings, they also have restrooms there. On the top level, the farmhouse has a restaurant with sandwiches and hot chocolate. In the summer time, they also serve ice-cream.
If you are really concerned about the walk, they do run a tractor out to the farm. It runs every 5 minutes. For those with strollers, there is a ramp for you to get up. If you end up missing the tractor, the walk will get you there just as fast.
The MN Zoo
Spring time at the zoo is my favorite time to go, not just because of the farm babies either. It’s finally getting nice enough to go out and do the northern trails again. It is not super hot outside either, so the animals are typically really active. The Grisly Bears were putting on a show for everyone. I really do think that they love the attention because they can be seen swimming and playing in front of the glass. They even had the nerve to stare down some of the kids.
The Minnesota Zoo is always a special time for us. They do a great job with different activities and events. Since it was Easter weekend, they had put out different Easter eggs for all the animals. Inside the eggs they had special treats for the animals. I recommend that you check out the zoo at different times of the year because you will never have the same experience twice.