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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There’s also a kids’ zone with a petting zoo, putt putt golf, and other activities. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "How to Visit Roloff Farms From ‘Little People, Big World’ During Pumpkin Season," 28 Aug. 2018 The All About Music Rock Band will play from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and family activities will take place in the tent from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m. Activities include games, a petting zoo and prizes. Ginger Brashinger, Daily Southtown, "Proud American Days to close out July with food, fun and entertainment," 11 July 2018 Activities included a water slide down a hill, a petting zoo (with a kangaroo and camel), live music, face painting and a climbing wall. Cortlynn Stark, Hana Muslic, Katie Bernard And Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "From Prairie Village to Parkville, KC area celebrates the Fourth," 4 July 2018 Festivities include moon bounces, toys and gifts for teenagers, Islamic trivia, and a petting zoo. Bethany Ao,, "6 ways to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Philadelphia this weekend," 12 June 2018 Kids’ stuff: Various family activities, petting zoo, carnival, mini-golf. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "6 food festivals that offer a glimpse of Wisconsin specialties and local culture," 6 June 2018 There will also be food trucks, children's recycling crafts and games, a petting zoo with more than 20 farm animals, a mobile pet adoption station, and music. John Benson,, "North Olmsted to host third annual Earth Fair April 22 at North Olmsted Community Park," 11 Apr. 2018 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

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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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Kids Definition of petting zoo

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

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