Last Friday of Every Month
11:00am - 12:00pm
Fun Animal Fridays is an educational program that takes place on the last Friday of every month. Each program includes an opportunity to meet fun, furry animals, hear a special storytime, and participate in a themed craft or activity. Each Fun Animal Friday features a different theme and animal.
Fun Animal Fridays is part of the Museum’s mission to provide hands-on educational experiences for children to learn about our world. The opportunity to meet farm animals inspires curiosity and learning about animal science, along with a guided educational workshop to add context and new information for discovery.
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11:00am: Welcome, Storytime
11:05am-11:15am: Animal Presentation
11:15am-11:45am: Meet and Greet*
11:00am-12:00pm: Animal Craft
*Contingent upon the animals' well-being. Petting may be restricted to 100 children.
2019 Event Dates:
January 25: Lambs
February 22: Goats
March 29: Horses
April 26: Exotic Animals
May 31: Snakes
June 28: Rabbits
* Animals subject to change.
Become a Sponsor
Calling all Community Partners! We hope that you will consider supporting our Farm Animal Fridays program through sponsorship or in-kind services.
We offer wonderful benefits built into our sponsorships such as complimentary admission passes, Museum family memberships, print and media exposure, recognition at the event, and vendor booth space. We will also provide you with a letter recognizing your charitable donation to our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Click here for sponsorship information
Please contact Jenna Novotny at JennaN@sdcdm.org or (760) 233-7755 x1003 to get involved now.
Fun Animal Friday FAQs
What is Fun Animal Friday?
Fun Animal Friday is a unique opportunity to learn and interact with different friendly, feathered, furry, or fun animals. Throughout the program, children and parents can enjoy storytime, an educational presentation, hands-on activity, and an animal meet-and-greet.
When can I participate in Fun Animal Friday?
Fun Animal Friday occurs on the last Friday of each month from 11:00am-12:00pm. Animal themes are posted on this page and social media.
How much is this program?
This program is free with purchase of admission or membership into the Museum.
Where are these animals coming from?
The Museum partners with Escondido High School's FFA program during the school year; as well as reputable, small farms in local San Diego County.
What safety precautions can I expect from the museum?
Guest and animal safety is our number one priority. On the day of the event, Museum staff will communicate any special rules or directions to allow everyone to learn in a safe environment. All guests who choose to participate in petting the animals will be asked to use hand sanitizer before and after contact with the animal. As a precaution, we also encourage hand-washing in our restrooms after coming in contact with the animals. Only healthy animals will be allowed on Museum grounds for the safety of guests, staff, and our own animal residences. Depending on the animal, there will be times where guests will be able to hold or participate in other animal handling practices at the discretion of the lead Fun Animal Friday staff and owner of the animals. Lastly, the animals are constantly monitored for stress. In the event of stress, guests will be asked to only look at the animals or the animal will be removed from the crowd in order for them to feel comfortable again. For any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Museum.