5 Places Where You Can Meet Baby Animals This Spring in Honolulu
Celebrate the season of rebirth with interactive animal experiences on O‘ahu.
Baby goats, mini piglets and lambs, oh my! While traditional petting zoos have been closed due to the pandemic, there are still several locations where keiki can bond with animals by feeding, brushing and loving on them. Make sure to check with staff regarding face mask requirements, group size restrictions and social distancing guidelines before your visit to keep you and the animals safe.
Keiki & Plow
Open days were canceled last year. But you can still book a private play date for 10 at this organic family-run farm in Hawai‘i Kai. Keiki can pet and brush the resident goats, feed chickens and collect fresh eggs from the coop to take home for Easter egg dyeing. You’ll have to tear them away from the mud kitchen, jumbo slide and pirate ship play area when it’s time to go. A shaded picnic area is available as well as the U-pick produce experience. Read up on our tips in We Tried It: Keiki & Plow.
- $100 for a private play date for as many as 10 people
- Morning playdate sessions are available in one-hour and 15-minute time blocks
- Reserve your slot here. March time slots are sold-out, so check back to book for April.
- 587 Pakala St.
- (808) 499-4926
- keikiandplow.com, @keikiandplow
Welcome baby! Bring your well-wishes and sneak a peek at the new baby sloth on display born to parents Harriett and Quando in early March. You can also view the baby from home on the Sloth Cam. The zoo also recently welcomed three new male meerkats – brothers Raphael, Leo and Mikey, who are now out exploring the African Savanna exhibit. Heads-up: Hands-on experiences, such as at the goat petting zoo, are canceled.
- $8 kama‘āina adults, $4 kama‘āina children 3 to 12 years
- Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last guests are allowed in at 3 p.m.
- 151 Kapahulu Ave.
- (808) 926-3191
- honoluluzoo.org, @thehonoluluzoo
SEE ALSO: 🍼 There’s a New Baby Sloth at the Honolulu Zoo
Nalo Keiki Paniolo
This family-friendly ranch in Waimānalo offers rides on mini ponies, family rides and horseback riding lessons. And after you dismount, visit some of the adorable farm animals there. Lounge beneath the shade of the monkeypod trees with Kaia, the mini goat; Bo, Cotton and Peter, the trio of baby sheep; Mr. Pickles, the mini pig; a crew of bunnies; and new to the farm, alpaca!
- Rides start at $50
- Reservations required; book your ride here.
- 41-631 Mokulama St., Waimānalo
- (808) 734-1098
- nalokeikipaniolo.com, @nalo.keiki.paniolo
Sea Life Park
Recently reopened and full of new life, this marine life park offers up-close-and-personal experiences with baby sea animals. Little hands can discover, touch and feed starfish, yellow tang and baby honu at the Discovery Reef Touch pool. Then join the free Animal Trek Park Tour to meet newly rescued sea lions and Kanoa, a baby dolphin recently born at the park. Pinkfong fans won’t want to miss observing the daily baby shark feedings. Premium interactive experiences, like swimming with dolphins, can be booked for an additional fee.
- $35.99 for an adult day pass, $22.49 for a keiki day pass (3-12 years old) when purchased online
- Open Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed on Wednesday and Thursday
- 41-202 Kalaniana‘ole Highway, #7, Waimānalo
- (808) 259-2500
- sealifeparkhawaii.com, @sealifepark
Sweet Land Farm
A trip to this farmstead creamery in Waialua is about more than just delicious artisan cheese and goat milk products. It’s also about baby goats, too, each with its own personality! In fact, this farm just celebrated the birth of its 1,000th baby goat earlier this year. Don’t leave without stocking up on spreadable chèvre in flavors like green onion and sun-dried tomato and a brand-new product, goat’s milk soap! Read more about the background of the farm here.
- Open to the public Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon
- 65-1031 A Kaukonahua Road, Waialua