Zoomars – Toddler Fun in Orange County, CA!
Often I find myself perplexed when attempting to schedule a day of fun out with my 21 month old. He is old enough to demand an escape from redundant home and playground life, yet too young for many of the kid specific attractions. Over the next couple of weeks I will be listing my picks for best toddler (and young children) friendly activities in Orange County… in no particular order. Hopefully my run of trials and errors will help you to plan an exquisite day of excitement for your young family, or be equipped with suggestions for friends and loved ones!
Zoomars, located in historic downtown San Juan Capistrano has been a favorite of my son’s since he was about 8 months old (photos from many different visits). If you live close to SJC, make a day of it by utilizing public transportation. Check the Amtrak or Metrolink schedule and disembark at the San Juan Capistrano Station. Your little one will love riding a real train!!
Have lunch at one of the many restaurants on Los Rios Street. Or, pack some food and eat at one if the many picnic tables at Los Rios Park (behind Zoomars).
Although too young for the horseback rides, my son is eligible for just about everything else offered at Zoomars. Upon entry, we purchase a basket of fresh produce (to disperse amongst the animals) and a few tickets for the miniature railway train ride. E (my son) doesn’t stop smiling from start to finish. He loves feeding the llamas and practicing being gentle with the smaller animals. Be sure and monitor your little children when visiting the small animals. It’s always depressing to see the bunnies and guinea pigs running for cover or relieving themselves all over the place due to ignorant parents.
E also gets a kick out of the giant dinosaur statue (*update: Dino isn’t there anymore!)and he’ll go play with some kids on the playground equipment. It’s usually a struggle getting him to say goodbye, he always wants just one more ride on the train!