petting zoo


Definition of petting zoo 

: a collection of farm animals or gentle exotic animals for children to pet and feed

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The staples of the five-day Wyandotte County Fair, which dates to 1863, are 4-H exhibits, livestock competitions, a petting zoo, a carnival, concessions and arts crafts as well as live entertainment (Garth Brooks performed here in 1990). Dan Kelly, kansascity, "KC events July 5-11: Wyandotte County Fair, ‘Oklahoma,’ ‘Newsies,’ Summerfest," 3 July 2018 Live music, food, instrument petting zoo, fireworks. 6:30 p.m. Tues., "Classical music and dance listings," 28 June 2018 Activities, geared mainly for children, included a balloon artist, face painting, a bounce house, petting zoo and pony rides. Chuck Fieldman,, "Taste of Oak Brook beats the heat with plenty of food, activities, entertainment and fireworks," 5 July 2018 Snow Ponies will be offering pony rides and a petting zoo on Midland Road for a nominal fee and visits and photos with Uncle Sam will be available around the fountain. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Old-Fashioned Fourth of July offers patriotic fun," 29 June 2018 Becca isn’t just taking Jason to a goth petting zoo and on a tour of Patrick Henry’s favorite Richmond hangouts, though. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Bachelorette Recap: Everybody Hates Chris," 4 July 2018 Surveillance footage taken by Tooele homeowner Trip Kiss – who with his wife runs a petting zoo for children with disabilities – shows Mackenzie Morton’s dog, Nikita, running amok in the early morning hours of Memorial Day. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Utah dog owner facing charges after her husky goes on ‘killing spree’," 31 May 2018 Racine County Fair: Midway and circus, petting zoo and livestock, 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m. July 28-29; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. July 30. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your weekly entertainment calendar, July 28-Aug. 3," 27 July 2017 And, over in the Family Farm petting zoo, there are three baby goats that were just born in May, right around the time of the royal wedding, which explains their names — Duchess, Princess Fiona and Princess Beatrice. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Everything (old and new) you should do at the zoo with your kids," 25 June 2018

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of petting zoo

: a collection of animals that children can touch and feed

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: a collection of farm animals or gentle exotic animals for children to pet and feed

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