At Hagan Community Park in Rancho Cordova sits the cutest little Petting Barn. It is taken care of by the Rancho Cordova Girl Scouts. I was aware that they open on weekends for FREE…but when I called for more information, I was told that every Tuesday they hold a Storytime in the Barn. Well, we had to check it out!
The kids were excited to go to a “real barn” and see the animals. They were even more excited when we got there and they were able to have a more interactive experience than we expected. There was a donkey, a goat, a rabbit, chickens, birds and the sweetest baby lamb. The kids and I agreed that the highlight was feeding the chickens out in the chicken yard! Friendly Ms. Lu made this a wonderful experience by guiding their interactions with the animals, giving them some tips, and answering their questions. She then read a few animal stories while the children all sat on haystacks.
The fee is $5.00 per child and it was well worth the experience! On the weekends the petting barn is FREE.
You can bring your own carrots and crackers to feed the animals.
There is a playground close to the petting barn. We brought a picnic lunch and played with the new friends we met at Storytime.
Storytime: All year long, Tuesday 10:00 – 10:45 AM. $5.00/per child or $16.00 for 4-pass punch card; Parking fee of $4.00 when attendant on duty.
Weekends: Petting Barn open May – September, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 PM. FREE [Update 10/2013 – no longer open on weekends]
Steam Train Rides: The Sacramento Valley Live Steamers offers train rides behind the Petting Barn a couple times a month from March to September. Click here to see their schedule. FREE – donations accepted
2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova