Green Monster

Animal Encounters

Children’s Nature Retreat

Alpine – Fun and educational, interactive encounters and guided tours are available for everyone to learn and foster an appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and the ecosystem. Read More

Wild Wonders

Bonsall – Wild Wonders has over 120 animal ambassadors from around the world. Check out their special programs that include: Education Programs (six virtual programs to choose from) Up Close and Personal Animal Encounters, Zookeeper Mentor Program, and Family Zoo Camp. Read More

Amy’s Farm

Ontario- Guided farm tour includes garden walk, milking cows, petting farm animals, feeding pigs, and grooming horses. Seasonal activities, educational workshops and special events available. Read More

Animal Tracks

Agua Dulce- Family weekdays and Safari Sundays allow visitors to get up-close and personal with the sanctuary’s animals. Read More

Aquarium of the Pacific

Long Beach – More than 12,000 ocean animals, plus educational classes/programs, whale watching, family sleepovers, Shark Lagoon Nights, birthday parties, camps and more. Read More

Birch Aquarium

La Jolla – Visit more than 5,000 fish in 60+ habitats. Get hands-on in their living tide-pool exhibit. Watch a shark feeding or catch a show and witness divers descent into two-story Giant Kelp Forests. Read More

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

San Pedro – 35 saltwater tanks and touch tanks, plus discovery labs and an Aquatic Nursery. Tours, classes, camps, youth docents, family programs, events, tide pool walks and grunion runs. Read More

Centennial Farm

Costa Mesa – View pigs, chickens, oxen, goats and more. Visit on Discovery Days where children pet a chick, plant and take home a radish, see a cow milking demonstration and more. Read More

Heal the Bay Aquarium

Santa Monica – More than 100 species, featuring touch tanks with tide-pool animals. Plus field-trip programs, kids’ classes, party packages, event days, and summer camps. Read More

Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles

San Pedro – View rescued seal and sea lion patients; free. Docent-led tours are available for groups. Volunteer opportunities for high schoolers; plus educational events and activities. Read More

Oasis Camel Dairy

Ramona – Special family-friendly events are held throughout the year. Hands-on camel camps also available. Read More

Orange County Zoo

Orange – See a variety of animals, plus visit the barnyard. Guided and audio tours available, plus toddler and scout programs. Read More

OstrichLand USA

Solvang – A zoo of 50 ostriches and emus, where guests are invited to feed and interact with the large birds. See the baby emus, chicks typically hatch in late-winter and early spring. Read More

Pony Time

Lakewood – Petting zoo includes goats, rabbits, chickens, sheep, an alpaca, llamas, and a cow. Feed the goats, hand-led pony trot-track, classes, trail rides and birthday parties Read More

San Diego Zoo

San Diego – Discover thousands of animals! Upgrade your visit with special add-ons, or enjoy overnight camping, teen programs and camps. Read More

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego – Take a tram to see rhinos, giraffes, antelopes and gazelles up-close and personal. Enhance your experience with different safari add-ons. Read More