Zoomars-San Juan Capistrano
Me holding a guinea pig.
Where: San Juan Capistrano
For: All Ages (Mostly Younger Children)
When we visit my parents, we like to take the kids to visit Zoomars Petting Zoo. They can play with animals, run around on the jungle gym and ride a train. Zoomars offers a Christmas Tree lot in December and a Halloween Carnival in October. There are other events throughout the year listed on their Facebook Page.
Skylar grooming a goat.
Zoomars has ponies, llamas, pigs, goats, sheep, chicken, alpacas, emus, cows, rabbits and guinea pigs. All the animals are friendly, and you can use the salad baskets to feed each one. The kids love feeding the guinea pigs in Guinea Pig Gulley. This is a fenced-off area where the kids can walk into and pick up guinea pigs to play with and feed. There are about 50 guinea pigs in the area, and each one has a name. The kids love to pick up and pet each one. It leads to hours of fun and entertainment.
Skylar holding a guinea pig.
The children are able to go into the goat and sheep pen where they can pick up brushes to groom the animals. They enjoyed feeding the bigger animals such as the cow and the emu. Every animal was very nice, and we were pleased with how domesticated they all were. There is a hand-washing station for patrons to use after petting the animals.
Feeding the Llama.
The mini train is a kid favorite. Tickets are available at the front desk, and the train goes around for a good amount of time. Children can mine for ‘gold’ at Miner’s Gulch. Skylar loved mining and came home with a little bag of fool’s gold and gemstones.
Mining for ‘gold’.
Horse and pony rides allow the kids to feel like actual cowboys/girls. The animals are hand-led down a trail by experienced handlers. A wooden playground gets the kids’ energy out. It’s equipt with activities, swings and a slide on wooden mulch (you will get dusty!). The corn pit is much like a sand pit. It’s good for the kids because they don’t leave with sand in their shoes and clothes. There are toys in the pit for toddler play.
Skylar in the playground.
Zoomars are geared towards younger kids. Preschoolers would get the most of the Zoomars experience. I’ve been taking Skylar here since she was a baby. There are always things to do and a birthday party or two going on at the covered picnic table area.
Skylar and I in the corn pit.
Zoomars is open from 9:00am-5:00pm, weather permitting (please check the Zoomars Facebook Page for updates about hours of operation. Adult admission is $12 with children admission $10 each. Infants 12 months and under are free, and there are discounts for seniors and members of the military. Groupons are available periodically for a good price. Pony rides (ages 1-10) are $6 for 1 lap and $10 for 2 laps. Train rides (ages 1-10) are $3 each, and salad baskets for feeding the animals are $5. Gemstone and Fossil bags range from $8 to $10. Zoomars takes cash, Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Spending Halloween making crafts at Zoomars.
31791 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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