Two weeks weeks ago, I came across a petting pen/zoo at an event, more like a small friendly zoo for young children. The event was a children’s fair, one of the many summer events in Halifax. A free event organized by Spring Garden Area Business Association in collaboration with other sponsors.
A petting pen/zoo was new to me, both the name and the experience, so I was thrilled. Kids were asked to touch and pet the domesticated animals. I even hear, some parents organize a petting pen for their children’s birthday parties.
My children enjoyed themselves at the petting pen and at the other fun activities at the fair including play areas, face painting, ballon artists, arts and crafts, train rides, bouncy castles, and more!
I have some videos of our experience at the petting pen, I would be sharing them on my Facebook and Instagram pages.
This summer has definitely been a hit, back to back. Only if summer could last forever, if wishes were horses right!
Wikipedia describes it as:
“A petting zoo often called a children’s zoo features a combination of domesticated animals and some wild species that are docile enough to touch and feed. In addition to independent petting zoos, also called children’s farms or petting farms, many general zoos contain a petting zoo.
Most petting zoos are designed to provide only relatively placid, herbivorous domesticated animals, such as sheep, goats, rabbits, or ponies, to feed and interact physically with safely. This is in contrast to the usual zoo experience, where normally wild animals are viewed from behind safe enclosures where no contact is possible.”