Today we took Maggie to the Baby Animal Day at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center (350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank). Maggie is quite fond of the song "Old McDonald Had A Farm" as she encourages us to sing it over and over again while she fills in the "e-i-e-i-o" and animal sounds. I thought it would be fun for her to get up close and personal with some of the new additions at the farm.
I've never been to the farm and it was fun to explore the grounds. Complete with an outdoor, all-natural classroom, we saw everything from cows and calves to sheep, lambs, goats and even piglets. Of course Maggie wanted to run rampent but I had to keep her close by. As I'm not a huge fan of trekking through mud and dirty shoes (due to all the rain we've recently had), I'm starting to make peace with the fact that it's okay if your toddler is a bit messy. As long as she's having fun, right?
Maggie's reaction to the animals was a mix of surprise and apprehension. I think she was taking it all in -- the sight of having a REAL animal from "Old McDonald's" farm right in front of her, to the smells and not-so everyday things she was seeing.
I think my favorite were the baby goats! They were pouncing around like little puppies, their newborn fur shiny and clean. The whole experience made me excited to take Maggie to the zoo and other farms around Long Island.