Discover the magic of the Enchanted Forest at Clark's Elioak Farms. Delight in meeting storytime characters, such as Mother Goose, Humpty Dumpty and the Three Little Bears. Moo-ve along to find other farm fun, like the Cow Train. Your visit won't be complete until you say hello to the goats, piglets, emus and other farm animals. $$. Ellicott City, MD.

Embark on a budgie adventure at the Reston Zoo. Feed gentle birds and watch them soar in the free flight aviary. Head over to the Petting Barn to meet some furry friends; children can even bottle-feed the little lambs, goats and piglets. Then hop on board the Zoofari Wagon Ride to explore the free-roaming safari. $$. Reston, VA.

It's an udder-ly fun time at Green Meadows Petting Farm. Animal lovers can go nose-to-nose with some of their favorite barnyard animals. Get ready to cheer and shout at the visitor-favorite pig race. Don't forget to bring grandma and grandpa on Wednesdays for free grandparents' admission. $$. Ijamsville, MD.

Say hello to Dexter the lemur at the Leesburg Animal Park. Dexter will be making a rare appearance off of Lemur Island on July 11th and 12th. Take a walk on the wild side and discover unique exotic animals, such as African serval cats, white-handed gibbons, African-crested porcupines and many more. Even if the weather turns bad, enjoy the indoor facility, which has a three-level kids play zone, animal exhibits and an arts and craft room. $$. Leesburg, VA

Enjoy country living at Kidwell Farm in Frying Pan Farm Park. The farm gives visitors an opportunity to see the intricacies of a rural working farm of the 1920s - 1950s. Peek inside a chicken coup, make a visit to the country store and see the process of a working dairy. Free. Herndon, VA.


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