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Lately, Marlowe has been obsessed with animals. Her favorites are dogs, cows, kittens, bunnies, and goats…which she also thinks are dogs. Valedictorian 2032! She loves reading books about animals, singing songs about animals, and most recently viewing a dvd about a petting zoo that she asks to watch 35,397,421 times a day. Last week, after Marlowe got a bruise on her forehead from trying to jump in to the television to touch the animals on the screen, Marlowe’s genius Mom (that’s ME!) decided it may be high time to bring this sweet urban child to an actual farm.
Luckily for us, there is a truly fantastic farm in the Los Angeles area called Underwood Family Farms. I would liken this experience to a farm-centric, smaller, and more manageable Disneyland. Or really what I’m trying to say is kids go bananas for it, their parents end up eating hot dogs for lunch, following it with a regrettable desert, and everyone is zonked on the ride home. AKA Best Time Ever! Entry to the farm is $6 on the weekends for adults, with free entry for children 2 and under. Then, you purchase carnival tickets for the more sought-after experiences, including the petting zoo, hay ride, and train track. There are also plenty of animals that you can feed with a quarter at the feed machine nearby! Marlowe’s wishes were answered with this petting zoo, let me tell ya. She started hyperventilating when we got close to the entrance, and then totally played it cool once we were inside. I may even call it playing hard to get, since I had to physically drag her back towards the animals that she once loved. I don’t know if it’s an age thing, but she will alternate between running away from the animals and aggressively trying to smother them. At one point she lay her entire body on top of a very patient and kind sheep who was probably extremely relieved to see us leave the pen. It was about 100 degrees on the day we visited, so we kept our exploring to a minimum, but I can’t wait to go back and pick our own vegetables as a family! They even have their own little farmer’s market at the entrance where you can purchase local jams, kettle corn, and fresh produce. Just remember to bring a big bottle of water, as well as sunscreen and a hat for baby! The gallery of our family visit is below: