It seems that spring may have finally sprung on Long Island, and with the nicer weather, comes the re-opening of one of our favorite family destinations, The Long Island Game Farm in Manorville, NY. This Saturday, April 16th, the game farm will once again open its doors to the public.
It couldn't have come at a better time too because after a dreadfully long winter here, our kids are going bonkers. Plus, we really enjoy going to the garme farm because it's just like going to the zoo – only on a much smaller scale.
The game farm has tons of animals for us to visit with, including traditional favorites like chickens, donkeys, pigs, rabbits, goats, and sheep. Our kids absolutely adore going into the nursery and feeding milk "ba-bas" to all of the baby goats and pigs. It's so much fun to hear their squeals of laughter as they feed the ravenous babies.
As if the nursery wasn't enough, the game farm also has alligators, red kangaroos, llamas, monkeys, ring-tailed lemurs, and tigers. Some of our personal favorites include: the camel, the cougar, the fallow deer, the giraffe, and the llamas.
We're also excited to see that the Muttville Comix, a canine comedy show, is returning again this season. This cutesy show is led by Johnny Peers, a former Ringling Brothers clown, and his 15 dogs. The best part about this show is that most of these dogs have been rescued from shelters. Our kids enjoyed watching these talented canines jump rope, climb ladders, and even skateboard across the stage!
All in all, the Long Island Game Farm is a nice, kid-friendly environment that I feel comfortable recommending to friends and families.
Here’s what else you need to know:
Pros: mostly shaded; hands-on feeding and petting areas; main stage attractions are fun; not so big that your kids get cranky, but big enough that you can get your money's worth!
Cons: need to add some healthier food options; amusement rides cost extra
What to bring: your camera; anti-bacterial hand cleanser (they have sinks to lather up, but you can feed many of the animals, so it's better to have some sanitizer in your pocket); snacks; and your own bottled water.
My Advice to the Game Farm: Add some sun-shades to the seating area in the main stage! It gets hot out there!
Admission: Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends. Day admission is Free for children 2 & Under; $14.45 for chidlren 3-14; $16.45 for adults; and $14.45 for Senior Citizens (62+). Prices do not include tax. For more information, click here.
Location: Chapman Boulevard, Manorville, NY