Lakewood Equestrian Center is a great place to keep your toddler busy for a couple of hours. There are goats, horses, ponies, alpacas, rabbits, cats, and chickens galore. It was a bit of a drive, much further than the OC Regional Park Zoo, and cost a bit more, but it is worth the trip. It isn’t as nice as Zoomars Petting Zoo, in San Juan Capistrano, CA but it is significantly cheaper for almost the same experience.
For a small donation, you can feed ponies carrots or buy feed for the goats and horses. It was really fun to feed them and feel their funny mouths eat from our hands. We purchased the $6 size cup of feed, and it was plenty to feed all the ravenous goats and horses. I’d be careful feeding the horses though. One of the horses bit my thumb and wouldn’t let go until my husband came and pulled his jaws open with his hands. It was pretty scary actually, but I don’t think is the norm, because they ended up moving him out of the petting zoo area afterwards.
We hope to go back soon and go on the trail walk and take part in the mommy/daddy and me session next. They didn’t have enough employees to do the trail walk that day, unfortunately, but they recommended making an appointment for both the trail walk and the mommy/daddy and me sessions. The mommy/daddy and me is a 45 to 60 minute session where you and your child can brush and help groom the horses. As for the pony trot, all of the kids loved it. DD loved riding the ponies, and ended up going on twice. She seemed afraid of the horses and ponies when we were just feeding them, but had no issues about riding them. Toddler logic. It was a fun and memorable trip.