Feb 27, 2013

Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo

Whilst reading some magazines, I came across a link to a mini zoo in Palo Alto, California - The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo. I gathered a few friends who had kids of the same age as my son and decided to check it out.

peacock palo alto

The kids were super excited on entering the exhibit. You will discover the museum first and then the zoo which is located on the outside. The exhibits enthralled the kids. Cause and effect - semi science exhibits will teach the little ones science. These exhibits maybe for slightly older kids as they talk about electricity. How do you make electricity. The fun part is the hands on experience. For example: Turn the wheel as fast as you can to light up the village or how does a wind \ solar power machine work?  The museum and the zoo are small enough to enjoy and prevent them from being too overwhelmed with many animals\ birds.

This trip was made in 2010 & 2011 and are based on our experiences then. The zoo may have introduced more animals\ birds since then. So please visit this website for the latest information.

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Bob cat
What do they have in there? 50 different species of animals. You may see a peacock showing off its feathers, Bob cats prancing around if they are active, or just sleeping, some ducks, hedgehogs, ferrets, raccoon's,  fresh water fish in an aquarium, turtles, tortoise, some snakes, rabbits and bats. The birds and the bob cats can be viewed from a close range. A small pond in the middle of the zoo has a bridge \ viewing area to see the turtles. Towards the end, there is a room where you will be able to see the flying foxes \ bats.

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Flying fox

Turtles seen in the pond

electricity machine
garden city machine
So if you are staying around Palo Alto and want a fun morning or afternoon check this place out. Capture those priceless expressions on your toddlers face! Another fun place to view birds and take  kids for a casual hike is at the Palo Alto Baylands Park. You can read all about it here.

If you are visiting the Palo Alto Museum & Zoo: 

Time to spend: Usually 2-3 hours or more depending on how long you want to be there !

1451 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301

For Timing, admission fees and other details, click below for more information.

Palo Alto Museum & Zoo. 

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