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Spring has arrived and there’s no better way to celebrate than by heading outdoors to discover the signs of new life. This is the Place is the perfect place to go because Baby Animal Days is underway!

Your children will be delighted by the variety of lovable baby animals that they currently have--goats, chicks, puppies, turtles, and pigs. Filled to the max with fun, engaging, and educational experiences, This is the Place will provide hours of family fun.

This was my first time visiting Baby Animal Days and it was such a thrill to be able to hold the baby chicks and stroke their soft fur. There were several different varieties of chicks and holding each type of chick, multiple times kept us busy for a long while. 

For most kids it doesn’t take more than a few seconds for them to figure out how to gently pick up the chicks and hold them. My littlest wanted to hold the chicks but she was a bit nervous. The farmhands were great with helping her overcome her reluctance.

Visiting the baby goats was a playful experience. They stuck very close to their mama and enjoyed wrestling each other and then running away very quickly. They were a little bit shy while were there and so the best way to get near them was if a farmhand helped.

One of our favorite parts of visiting the animals was riding the ponies. One of the ponies is named Elsa which provided some amusement for my Frozen loving kids.

When you need a break from holding the baby chicks (once is never enough--we went back three times), head over to the Blacksmith shop. There we received lessons on technique and simple science--which weighs more, iron ore or pig iron? And found out who actually makes the horseshoes (hint, not the blacksmith.) The experience became more interactive with each question that was asked so I would encourage your children to ask all of the questions that they can. The artisans are all very knowledgeable and friendly.

After your visit to the blacksmith there are dozens of other artisan shops to visit and learn about pioneer life. We enjoyed a fun visit to the barbershop where we got to see some sheep shears.

My family loved visiting a real log cabin and learning about how families used to live compared to how they live now. Learning about pioneer games, chores, and school gave us a fun glimpse into the past.

There are so many fun crafts for your children to make. At the tannery kids are able to experiment with leather crafting. In the Native American Village you can make an arrowhead necklace while sitting inside a tepee! We also were able to pan for gold and visit the bank to find out the pioneer-era dollar equivalent. For one-dollar we were able to mine for gems in the Prospector Pit which was another hit with my kids.

Last but not least be sure and take a ride on the train, and the mini-train if you feel so inclined. The train will take you all around the park and helps with the big hills. As an added bonus, the train operators are awesome and tell funny jokes along the ride.

Baby Animal Days at This is the Place is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday (with limited offerings.) Check out the Salt Project Sidebar for a coupon for $2 off your admission. (Mention, Print-out, Screenshot the coupon to redeem) There are so many fun things to do that I would plan on spending as much time as possible. Baby Animal Days runs through May 27th, but hurry because the babies grow quickly!

Thanks to Shelly for the photos and the review! Check out her Instagram @canyonsandcurls.


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