Baby Animal Days offers kids in Greeley the chance to see, interact with farm animals up close
Baby Animal Days
Baby Animal Days runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every day through May 1. Admission is $2 for everyone age 3 and older. Pony rides are included with admission on the weekends. The event is weather-dependent. The Greeley West High School FFA provided the majority of the animals for the event.
For more information, call (970) 350-9220 or go to greeleymuseums.com.
As the fleecy head of a lamb poked out to gnaw on the bars of its pen, the slobbery, chubby cheeks of a redheaded baby did the same at the next pen over.
A downy goat chewed on some straw from his pen, so a toddler scooped a handful into his toothy mouth, then let out a wail when it didn’t taste as good as it seemed to for the happy little goat.
Hundreds of small children scampered around, parents in tow, at Baby Animal Days April 21 at Centennial Village, 1475 A St., to see farm animals as small as themselves.
Some little kids, such as the 2-year-old team Aubrie Robbins and Emma Schulz, are only around cats and dogs normally, so the chance to pet a baby chick or hear the sounds a teeny turkey makes is a rare one. Meghan Robbins, Aubrie’s mom, said she tries to take Aubrie to events like this whenever she can.
For Aubrie, who has a 3-month-old sister, the event also was a chance to understand that everybody is little once and can grow into big, beautiful creatures like the horses the family sees when they’re driving, Robbins said.
For Aubrie and Emma, the favorite animal at the event was the pink piglet, closely followed by the black one, but since both girls were wearing pink, down to the Minnie Mouse ball cap turned backwards on Aubrie’s head, the choice between the two was really a no-brainer.
Almost 2-year-old Colette Evans bobbled around the sheep pen, pointing excitedly at the lambs and saying “baa?” over and over until Chris Kindvall, her daycare provider, said the toddler got it right. Then, Colette said “moo?” and took off in the direction of the stable, where she saw a calf earlier that day. Kindvall said events like Baby Animal Days are great because they make learning real for little kids. Instead of telling Colette a cow goes moos, she gets to see and hear it.
Melanie Blair, 3, tearfully approached her mom, Chelsea Blair, finger hanging out of her mouth as she said that the little goat in the pen scared her when it bleated. Blair leaned over, smoothed her little one’s hair and explained that the goat was just a baby, nothing to be afraid of. Melanie nodded. She thought the goat was cute and fluffy, and once she learned it was just little, and sometimes made big noises like she did, it wasn’t so scary anymore.
Blair grew up in Pierre, S.D., and didn’t have much exposure to livestock. She wants her daughter to have that chance.
“It’s great, because she learns about the animals more than just from a book,” Blair said. “It’s just an experience that you can’t always get.” ❖
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