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Visiting With the Animals – Local Animal Exhibits

After a week of adjusting to the time change I am ready to welcome in the Spring. The days are getting longer, and dare I say warmer. This past winter has been brutal with all the snow and frigid temperatures that have forced all little ones to stay inside. I feel like I’m running out of ideas to keep everyone entertained.

In my house, we have been reading an insane amount of animal books and singing the same songs over and over and over again! My 3 year old is obsessed with singing “Old MacDonald,” and my 9 month old twins have been loving it, and laughing at each (annoying) animal sound. Which has then lead to much discussion about the animals that live on farms – what they look like, what they eat, how their mommies take care of them, etc.

Today, in the middle of “a baa, baa here,” I realized that very soon I will be able to take my three little ones to see actual animals! My older son is a huge fan of Silverman’s Farm. He can spend hours running around looking at the animals and has really enjoyed feeding them; as well as playing on the fun playground. I’m so excited to finally take my twins along to join in the fun.

I’ve put together a list of  local Fairfield County locations where you can see and interact with various types of animals. I’m really looking forward to discovering some new places this spring with my whole family. Now if only I could get that song out of my head!

Making a new friend at Silverman's Farm.

Making a new friend at Silverman’s Farm.

Ambler Farms – Wilton

Beardsley Zoo – Bridgeport

Castle Hill Farm – Newtown

Darien Nature Center – Darien

Earthplace – Westport

New Canaan Nature Center – New Canaan

New Pond Farm – West Redding

Plasko’s Farm – Trumbull

Silverman’s Farm – Easton

Stamford Museum and Nature Center – Stamford

Stew Leonard’s –Norwalk and Danbury

The Hickories – Ridgefield

Woodcock Nature Center – Wilton

Where does your family love to go and visit the animals? Do you know of any other locations?

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4 Responses to Visiting With the Animals – Local Animal Exhibits

  1. Jana
    Jana March 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM #

    Thank you for this! We love all things farm in this house. Last summer, we lived near Muscoot Farm in Katonah, NY, but that’s the only place that I know to go. Muscoot is still worth the drive for us (we love it there!), but we will definitely also be checking your list of places out. Hopefully sooner, rather than later… hurry up Spring!

  2. Michelle
    Michelle March 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM #

    You’re very welcome! A lot of these places also offer lots of different activities and things to do.

  3. Maria
    Maria August 12, 2014 at 8:26 PM #

    Thanks so much! I met you today at Chef’s Table (I had month old son and 2 year old daughter who was inspired to get chips from your son!). Have you been to more of these places since posting a few months ago? What’s most manageable for my situation- infant and toddler?

    • Michelle
      Michelle August 13, 2014 at 9:39 PM #

      Hi Maria! It was great meeting you! Silverman’s Farm is our favorite place to visit the animals. It would be easy for you to go and keep the baby in a stroller or carrier. Any of the local nature centers would be manageable as well, and Stew Leonard’s is great for a quick trip

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