Spring is just around the corner. One of our favorite things to do as a family in the springtime is to visit baby animals and luckily the greater Indianapolis area has plenty of locations where you can snuggle up with a variety of adorable creatures.
Hug a piglet at the Pig Adventure at Fair Oak Farms. If you’re lucky you can even witness the miracle of life at the farrowing barn. Families have a variety of activities to choose from including a challenging ropes course, performing a virtual sonogram at the breeding and gestation center, and playing in a beautiful custom tree house.
Shear a sheep at Conner Prairie. April 29-30, you have the unique opportunity to visit with llamas, interact with baby sheep and learn how to weave wool. Participants can even check out how Native Americans use fibers to create beautiful baskets and help Mrs. Campbell assemble a new quilt.
Feed a goat a cookie at Nature Valley Ranch. The goats on this farm love snacks so make sure to bring them stale bread and cookies along with veggies and fruits. Chickens, ponies, cats and dogs are other animals you can be sure to check out on this family friendly farm which even offers therapeutic horseback riding.
Milk a cow at Trader’s Point Creamery. Go on a tour and discover a 100% organic and grass fed farm. A cow milking takes place daily and is free to the public. You can even taste homemade ice cream, cheeses, and other items in the store and at the delicious farm to table restaurant.
Visit a baby orangutan at the Zoo. The Indianapolis Zoo‘s first ever baby orangutan was born last Spring and her name is Mila. Most days, the Sumatran orangutan is seen clinging to her Mama Sirih. The Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center is an incredible sight to witness and fun for the entire family.
Hop like a wallaby at Country Chalet Farm. Play with over 225 different animals. Wallabies, Bengal cats, European hedgehogs, miniature donkeys are just a few of the uniquely different species waiting for you.
Hold a baby chick at Distelrath Farms. Pick the freshest eggs from happy hens who get lots of exercise. You may also get a chance to feed the rabbits and the pigs. Learn about safe and healthy farm practices while exploring what it’s like to live on the farm.
What’s your favorite place to see a baby animal this spring?
I am a proud Mama to three adorable wilderness explorers. A seasoned Hoosier, having lived in Indianapolis for over 25 years, I love to explore the nooks and crannies in seemingly ordinary places with my boys. My motto is "Look closely and you never know what you’ll find." My varied interests include aspiring novelist and children's author, freelance writing and travel planning. I look forward to sharing our family adventures with you.