Happy Hollow Zoo & Park features a range of fun and educational structures and attractions for children of all ages to enjoy. The Crooked House is a vintage attraction that has been restored to its former glory and is a favorite with the kids. A ‘green’ education building built out of hay bales is a new center of education at the core of the park and offers a range of fun-filled activities throughout the year. Doc’s Critter Care is a new animal hospital in the park with excellent indoor and outdoor quarantine areas, a modern surgery and radiology facilities. The Double H Ranch Exhibit offers a fantastic petting zoo and contact area for children to interact with farm animals, as well as exhibits of animals typically found in a barn and additional play areas. The Lemur Woods Exhibit is a unique exhibition featuring endangered lemurs with an adjacent play area for kids to imitate the lemurs at play, and Redwood Lookout is an interactive play area for multiple age groups, ranging from a toddler’s area to larger structures for older children.
The entrance to the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is bright and welcoming with an entry plaza featuring whimsical public art created by world-renowned artist, Tom Otterness, and the Picnic Basket Restaurant, which can accommodate over 160 guests. Other fun-filled attractions at the zoo include the Giggle Grove – an area for children with swings rides, and mini putts, a spectacular vintage carousel that features endangered species characters, an exhilarating family roller coaster, and themed rides such as the Pacific Fruit Express, the Frog Hopper, the Granny Bug Ride, and the ever-popular ‘Danny the Dragon’ ride. A puppet theater puts on fantastic shows and performances for children of all ages throughout the year, such as ‘The Frog Prince’ and ‘Maya the Brave,’ using using handcrafted puppets and props.
Happy Hollow Zoo & Park offers a variety of interactive educational programs, workshops, and experiences that aim to educate, inspire and develop an appreciation for the natural world and the animals that live in it. Educational experiences range from classes and summer camps, school programs and assemblies, girl scout programs, sleepovers and ‘meet-the-animals’ workshops.
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