UPDATE CITY GOAT FARM AND PETTING ZOO IS NO LONGER OPEN.
YOU CAN FIND THEM (AND LOTS OF CRITTERS TO PET) AT THEIR NEW, INDOOR LOCATION, JOZEE ROOZ indoorpettingzoo.com
Funding issues are the problem. You can see Don and his camels giving rides at the Point Defiance Zoo.
You can also still book a party at the zoo; they just don’t have the funds to get it up and running for regular open hours.
I have a post on other area options for young animal lovers that I’ll work on updating. updated 6/18/2014
Hey, South Sound mommas. I’ve found a Spring Break outing that’s totally affordable and perfectly adorable.
It’s City Goat Farm and Petting Zoo, a hidden (not for long) gem, right in Spanaway.
It’s a ten acre farm with critters from llamas to chickens. Don’t tell Henry, but I went and visited without him, and I had so much fun petting the camel and meeting the baby wallaroo. It’s truly an outing just made for your little animal lover.
Best news? In addition to their regular weekend hours, Don and Debbie are going to be open the whole first week of April for local school kids on break. Can’t wait? You can visit this Saturday, the 30th from 10-4. If you go, just park in the field, and then head straight back to the building they call the saloon, where Debbie will take your admission and show you the ropes. A very reasonable 5.00 gets you admission to the petting zoo and free roaming areas and time in the bounce house (set up seasonally). For just a few bucks more, you can get a bucket of feed for the animals (Yes, you’re going to want to do this), and add in a pony ride.
You should know that this is a real, working farm, so wear your boots and play clothes. Don and Debbie have a huge heart for animals, which means there are ongoing projects as they take in new friends, and lots of farm chores to do around visitors (and I know they’ll get plenty of new ones when this post goes up, so be patient with them). Bring your spirit of adventure, and you’ll enjoy an afternoon of old-fashioned, wholesome fun that will feel like a visit to family in the countryside.
There is a good chance your kiddos won’t want to leave, and you’re welcome to bring a lunch and stay as long as you want. There is a porta pottie with cold running water, so pack some wipes or other cleaning supplies for your mess makers. You may also want to wait until your tots are past that hands-straight-to-mouth stage, but I’ll let you decide on that.
Don and Debbie are as friendly as can be, and they’d love to help you plan a party for your cowboy or My Little Pony fan. They’ll also bring animals to you if you’d like a petting zoo for your school fundraiser or other animal themed bash- and yes, they do field trips. If your kids love City Goat Farm and Zoo like I know they will, you’ll also want to ask about their new season pass option-a total bargain.
You can find out lots more information on their website, and be sure to like their Facebook page for the most current pictures and up to date info. on hours and special openings and events. You can go, today, Saturday the 30th from 10AM-4 (they’ll be closed on Easter). The address is 811 168th St E, Spanaway, WA, and I found Mapquest to be right on and getting there a snap. Do be prepared to turn in. The only goof up I had was overshooting the drive by a bit.
Disclosure: All the opinions in this post are my own. We’re thrilled to have City Goat Farm and Petting Zoo as a new sponsor.