Spring welcomes warmer weather, blooming flowers and baby animals. Visit these four venues that are sure to be showcasing some new additions to their animal families.
Visit this working farm with plenty of space for kids to run and explore, see animals such as pigs, chickens, sheep, horses and cows. Check out the cute baby pig video on their website. There are picnic tables, so take a packed-lunch picnic and extend your visit. Admission is free, but costs are associated with some weekend activities: art projects, hayrides and a farmers’ market. Muscoot Farm, Rte. 100, Katonah. 864-7282. musco
STONE BARNS CENTER FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
Weekend programs here allow families to experience farm life including Meet the Sheep, Egg Collecting and Meet the Pigs. Stroll the grounds and stay for a snack or lunch at the outdoor café. Admission is required and reservations are suggested to participate in the programs. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture,630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills. 366-6200. stone
STAMFORD MUSEUM & NATURE CENTER
The educational Heckscher Farm is home to dozens and dozens of animals including goats, chickens, pigs, cows, otters and other animals in the Nature Center. Hike the trails on the 80 acres. Maps are provided. There’s also a Wheels in the Woods Trail #7, a universally accessible nature trail that is open to all. Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford. 203-322-1646. stamf
This is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States with 265 acres of parkland and naturalistic habitats for some 4,000 animals. There are outdoor exhibits, indoor exhibits, rides and a children’s zoo. In the children’s zoo you can meet, greet and get up close to animal friends such as goats, sheep and donkeys. The Children’s Zoo is open late spring through October. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx. 718-220-5100.
– Jean Sheff