I have been to quite a few Zoo’s and not that fond of them as all the animals are usually in cages. So i was looking into a petting zoo that i could take my diva so she can get up close and personal with the animals. As she is quite scared of live animals as we do not have dogs or cats. She will admire them from afar but will run like the wind as soon as one even strolls her way. And as luck would have it a site called Groupon was selling voucher deals to Kinderplaas Zoo translation “child farm zoo”. And when i looked it up i saw it was like 10min away from where i stayed. So i know with a place with “child” in its name it would definately be child friendly and the open 7days a week, which suited me fantastically as i could only go on a Saterday or Sunday. And compared to any other Zoo their entrance fee is dirt cheap at R15.
So Sonday Morning off me and my diva go to see the animals. Its in a suburb. But the inside of the Zoo has a real farmyard feel. We waited for a bit in their Teagarden as we were the first to arrive and the staff were still getting everything ready. My diva had a blast as the teagarden already had an array of a cat, dog, chickens and bunnies running around, which warmed her up to the animal experience.
Then it was off to the farmyard. The owner told me that its a real experience to feed the animals as when you come in with the feed all the animals come towards you. And i didnt want my diva to have a coronary on the spot so i first took her in to get the lay of the land. so all the animals. Chickens, pigs, duck, bunnies, peacocks, etc were just strolling around with not a care in the world. I could take much photos with her glued to my hip so i put her down on these cutie pie little seats so she could safely get use to the animals from a distance.
And once she was comfortable we started walking around identifying all the animals she already knows from her books and what sounds they make. She had the most amazing look on the face when they actually make the sounds that we know they make.There is such a wide range of farm animals here. which makes for a great experience.
She was just so fascinated with all the animals especially the Bunnies. The Donkey even gave us a great show by making his donkey sound. It was loud and so noisy and my diva first got a fright but pretty soon enjoyed the sound and was immitating it. So after her being more at ease walking around i went to go buy her the bucket of feed which is only R15. It has a carrot some leaves and a packet of seeds.Though i had to do all the feeding to the animals my diva watched with an open mouth at how the animals ate and even started telling me which animal i had to give the food too. I then showed her how to through the seeds. she loved throwing the seeds but she didnt threw it far enough so all the chicken came flocking to her feet. And that she wasnt too happy about. I had to pick her up. So now from the safety of her moms arms she was happy again to throw seeds for the chickens eventhough its directly on my feet.And the view from ontop where the animals where eating the seeds at my feet..LOLI then taught her how to throw the seeds further away so that the animals would go eat away from her and only when she realised this is a better way to go she allowed me to put her down and she then fed the chickens on her own.So when it was time to go we said our goodbyes to all the animals and my diva especially said a very long goodbye to the donkey. Guess she grew fond of him.This was such a great experience at the Kinderplaas Zoo. Definately an activity I would recommend for all families in around Pretoria. The staff is super friendly and the animals too. no fear of animals hurting the little ones. Will have to bring my niece here when she comes to visit again. And will definately take my diva here again she had a blast.