Zoomars: Innocent, Old Fashioned Fun! {Giveaway}

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Have you been to Zoomars Petting Zoo yet? Lyla (my 3 year old girl) and I visited on Monday morning and had the BEST time!

Their motto is “Innocent, Old Fashioned Fun!”  Isn’t that refreshing in our world of cell phones, iPods &  iPads?  To be able to shut it all down & show our kids how things were done in the olden days?

Be sure to enter below for a chance to win one of two Zoomars Zap Passes (good for 20 anytime visits, a $75 value)!!!

We have been so busy lately that I loved taking a few hours to slow it down and focus on enjoying some quality time just she and I.

First stop was the bunny rabbit/guinea pig pen.  Armed with a bin of vegetables (available for purchase at check in)- Lyla couldn’t get enough of the cuddles and feeding the adorable little guys.

Then we wandered over to the Alpacas- we found them fascinating, their big round eyes, the way their top lip split in two as they ate our carrots, and don’t get me started on their FANCY new hair-do’s!  They are freshly back from the groomers and they almost look like Alpaca-poodles!  Too cute.

Next she took a spin on a precious pony in the FANTASTIC new horse corral.  There were two to choose from, a cute pony and what I would call a horse.  My brave little girl wanted the big one!  When she was placed in the secure saddle (complete with a back rest) she said “Look I’m up high like Daddy!” (Her Daddy is tall)

Then we were off to the corn box.  It’s a sand box but instead of sand, it’s filled with millions of dried corn kernels!  Lyla was in heaven diving & rolling around making snow angels (or rather corn angels).  All of the parents standing around were  marveling at the sheer brilliance of this concept.

She loved the playground’s swings & slides, the loopy train ride & then back to the bunny rabbit/guinea pig pen.

At the Miner’s Gulch kids can pan for emeralds, rubies, crystals, sharks teeth, arrowheads, dinosaur bones, even fools gold!  Party like it’s 1849 and bring your next birthday party to Zoomars to partake and your guests have a built in goody bag!

Or if you are a SERIOUS gold digger you can even spring a few extra bucks to pan for REAL GOLD!  

Keep an eye out for a new rabbit run & a second guinea pig pen for double the cuddly fun coming soon!  The Zoomars family has also recently welcomed three new llamas Buttercup, Dia & Jack to their crew!  Be sure you stop by to welcome them to their new home.

Oh & you can’t leave without saying HOLA to Pedro the Potbellied Piggie!  He wagged his tail just like an excited little puppy & I REALLY wanted to take him home with me…

More Exciting Happenings at Zoomars in the months to come~


Free train rides in May for Check-Ins on Facebook, Foursquare and Yelp.


Magic Matt Young will be dazzling at Zoomars June 22nd & 23rd to with exciting close up magic!

June is Zap Pass appreciation month!  Use your Zap Pass to spin the wheel and win FREE stuff like train rides & feed baskets!


Summer Camp for ages 3.5-10 starts the week of July 23rd- lead by a descendant of the Californian Achjachemen Nation, Jacque Nunez. Where Kids Connect with Mother Earth and learn about animals and what they teach us through creative play, games, songs, crafts & storytelling.  A 1:6 teacher to student ratio for an enhanced learning experience.  Washing Tonka the Turtle is always a huge hit!

Check out their site for details.  Be sure to secure your spot now & use code TINYORANGES for 15% off camp tuition!


Mark your calendar~ Zoofest (3 live bands!) August 24 to kick off San Juan’s Rodeo week!

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If  it were up to Lyla we would have stayed at Zoomars ALL DAY.  

(Next time I should plan accordingly!)

Have fun making quality memories and sharing some good old fashioned family fun at Zoomars!

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(Zoomars is a beloved Tiny Oranges Sponsor- be sure to check them out in our OC Biz Guide under Birthday Party Venues + Petting Zoos!) 


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  1. 1
    Norma V says:

    We would love to win this great giveaway!! We haven’t been there in a long time and I know my kids would love it!!! We would take the train up and back to make it a fun & great experience.

  2. 2
    Ashleigh says:

    We love Zoomars. We had our son’s 1st birthday there, so it is a special place for us & we would love the opportunity to keep coming back to make new memories.

  3. 3
    Christina Colon says:

    Would love to win . thank you!

  4. 4
    Jenn Stinnett says:

    We would love to spend the day together as a family checking out Zoomars. I have a 2 year old and an 11 month old that I am sure would enjoy all of the animals.

  5. 5
    Brittany says:

    We love zoomars! I have two kids and they love the animals there! This would be so much fun for them!

  6. 6
    Teri says:

    Would love to take my 4 boys there…we’ve never been!

  7. 7
    bridget says:

    We love zoomars!! This would be a great treat for us!!!

  8. 8
    Laura Brown says:

    We would love to win, we love going to Zoomars, it’s always a great time!

  9. 9
    Shelley says:

    I would love to win to take my 3 year old daughter who loves the guinnea pigs and the horse rides.

  10. 10
    Laura A. says:

    This sounds like such a fun opportunity to share with my two little ones. Thank you.

  11. 11
    Jennifer says:

    Have only been once, would love to take my little guy there again!

  12. 12
    Misti says:

    We love Zoomars and are FB fans of TO & Zoomars. 🙂

  13. 13

    Awesome! I would love to be able to take my boys there!

  14. 14
    Dana M says:

    We’ve been here once and loved it! I would love to win, so we could go back!

  15. 15
    Kristin says:

    I would love to take my daughter here in the summer. Winning passes would be GREAT!

  16. 16
    Stacy says:

    I’ve never been here, but it sounds great!

  17. 17
    Michelle T says:

    My son LOVES Zoomars and we would love to visit more!

  18. 18
    janie says:

    I would love to take my son there.

  19. 19
    Jill says:

    can’t wait to check it out!

  20. 20
    Eve says:

    I’ve never been to zoomars and would love to take my girls!

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    Nikki says:

    When we went there, the small animals were all frightened and hiding. A boy was dangling a guinea pig in the air (almost broke it’s neck had I not said something), and not a staff person to be found. I am terribly disappointed in Zoomars. I would take my child to the Irvine Animal Shelter where he/she can see animals treated humanely. If you take your child to the bunny area, a volunteer will teach your child all about bunnies, let your child go in with the bunnies, and show your child the proper way to pick one up. Also, there is a farm at the shelter, and the grounds are beautiful. It is not a sad place at all!!!! The turn-around time for adoptions is incredible. In the fall, one of the shelter dogs will be the first mixed-breed dog on the cover of “Dog Fancy” magazine! There are a ton of events there, too, for the whole family. There is one coming up called the “Super Pet Adoption.” It only costs $1.00, and there are a ton of activities and special guests. Fun for all!!!!

    • 22
      ZOOMARS says:

      Hello Nikki,
      We are sorry for your experience. We have doubled our visitors over the last year and we are trying to catch up, hiring new staff and updating our attractions. However, there should be a staff scheduled to be present in the guinea pig pen at all times. We have printed out your comment and given it to our Zoo Manager, Camilo, for this not to happen again. Please feel free to send us any more of your concerns to earsup@zoomars.com. Your comments are very important to us.
      Thank you and once again, we are sorry for your experience.

    • 23
      Jen says:

      Thank you Nikki for sharing your concerns.

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    Lily says:

    My son is 16 months, would it be worth going with him or do you think it best if he were older?

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