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A Field Trip To Zoomars At River Street Ranch

Whenever my children are out of school for a long period of time, I try to plan activities that are both fun and educational for them.  Thankfully, my children enjoy visiting such places as the museum, zoo, local observatory and more.

At the end of my children’s last winter break, we visited Zoomars at Riverstreet Ranch in San Juan Capistrano.  Zoomars is a small family-friendly owned and operated farm that opened it’s doors for the first time over thirty years ago to visitors.

When we first arrived at the farm, we met and played with the guinea pigs in the Guinea Pig Gulley.   Most of Zoomars’ guinea pigs are very sweet and placid.  Field Trip Girl and Field Trip Boy enjoyed sitting with and feeding them.


For only a few bucks you can purchase a basket of fruits and veggies to feed the guinea pigs.  Our basket consisted of carrots, lettuce, apples and brocoli.  Plus the basket is big enough that two children can share it.


As an added tip, go slow when feeding all of Zoomars’ animals.  You don’t have to give all your initial food to the guinea pigs like my children tried to do.  Instead, save some of your food for the Kunekune pigs, bunnies, donkeys, goats, sheep, emus, llamas and other animals on the farm that like to eat too!


Field Trip Boy has always had a strong connection with animals.  Whether visiting a zoo, local dog park or exotic bird store, animals have always been drawn to him.  It was the same at Zoomars too.  I wonder if one day Field Trip Boy may grow up and become a veterinarian.  It sure would help us save a lot of money on own vet bills!


After feeding all the animals, our family and some friends played in the corn box and at the zoo’s playground.



Additional fee based activities at Zoomars include a mini choo-choo train, horse and pony rides and the miner’s gulch.


Zoomars is also a great location for birthday parties and field trips. There is a lot of open space to play and run around.



HOURS OF OPERATION:  They are open daily from 9 am – 5 pm, weather permitting.  Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

BONUS TIP:  Zoomars at Riverstreet Ranch is squeaky clean and officially USDA-approved for cleanliness!

Happy Field Tripping!


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The pigs are our favorite!