Do fancy and zoo go together? Most people would probably say no but that’s because they haven’t been to ZooMars yet.
I’m here to tell you that ZooMars in San Juan Capistrano takes your typical petting zoo experience to the next level. It’s not just your run-of-the-mill petting zoo- it’s so much more interactive than that. Of course they have your standard chickens and rabbits but they also have to alpacas and llamas! Yes, that exclamation is 100% necessary.
I pride myself on being honest so I mean this when I say this, ZooMars is an elevated petting zoo experience for kids.
The petting zoo is obviously the main attraction. However, there are horse and pony rides, a mini-train, a corn kernel pit, a a gold mining station, and a jungle gym. Even though this zoo is on the smaller side, they make use of their space. Plus, there are even 3 separate areas that are designated for birthday parties.
As you walk through each part of ZooMars, it honestly just gets better and better. I was secretly wishing I was a kid again so I could partake in everything my kids were doing.
First, the petting zoo is ADORABLE. And what kid doesn’t love that? They have pigs, rabbits, chickens, goats, sheep, llamas, emus, and alpacas. Seeing chickens cluck or pigs oink. I’m an adult and even I love that. But you know what makes it even more fun? Getting to feed the animals. That’s on a whole other level of cuteness.
For $6 you can purchase a salad basket filled with fruits and veggies to feed all the different animals. And some of these animals were not shy which makes it even more fun for your kids.
Next up, is the corn kernel pit. Yes, a pit filled with CORN.
We’ve all heard of a ball pit but this is so much better. Without sounding too mommish, this is also a great sensory activity for kids. And who doesn’t want to make a corn angel? Obviously, our take on a snow angel.
They even have a mini-train ride for kids. FYI, kids need to be at least 2 years old to ride it since parents aren’t allowed. And last but certainly not least is the jungle gym. A fantastic way to end your time at ZooMars because it further exhausts your child. I mean that in the most positive way since your kid will be ready for a restorative nap once you leave!
A few things I learned from my visit:
- The weekends are pretty busy so I’d recommend going during the week if possible. If you can’t make it during the week, at least aim for when the zoo first opens on the weekends.
- While the petting zoo and pony rides are shaded, the jungle gym is not and I can assure you your kids will want to play so don’t forget your sunscreen.
- While there isn’t any kind of snack bar, all you need to do is walk a few minutes to Los Rios district and there are plenty of small restaurants for you and the kiddos. I’m talking cafes, pizza, ice cream, you know the usual.
I never considered myself an outdoorsy type of person until I had kids. Now, I’m all about being out, especially if it means being away from screens. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed in ZooMars. It’s fun for kids and parents, grandparents, everyone! Overall, a very cool place to be for a couple hours. This petting zoo is so well taken care of and treated with a lot of love- and it shows. The cleanest petting zoo (or zoo for that matter) I’ve ever been to. Even when you leave, the party doesn’t have to end because Los Rios district is such a fun place to hang out.