Up Close and Per­sonal With An­i­mals

Chil­dren love pet­ting and feed­ing crea­tures of all sorts

Cape Coral Living - - DEPARTMENTS -

Whether it’s pet­ting the dog, play­ing with the cat or feed­ing the fish, chil­dren love the in­ter­ac­tion they get with pets. What’s also fun is when they get to en­joy this type of in­ter­ac­tion at a pet­ting zoo or fish and tur­tle pond. Chil­dren find it ex­cit­ing to have farm an­i­mals such as goats, cows and pigs eat out of their hand. And they love toss­ing pel­lets into a pond to watch tur­tles and fish take a bite. These are good op­por­tu­ni­ties for young­sters to learn a lit­tle bit about an­i­mals’ nat­u­ral habi­tats, their di­etary needs, and of course, what treats they re­ally love. “My chil­dren love an­i­mals, so any time they can pet or feed them, it’s a big­ger bonus than just see­ing them,” says Wil­liam Marks of Cape Coral. He often takes his two young chil­dren to Mike Green­well’s Bat-A-Ball & Fam­ily Fun Park in Cape Coral to feed the fish and tur­tles, and en­joy its mid­way rides. The park is known for its mini-golf, bat­ting cages, ar­cade, go-karts and restau­rant—and, of course, co-owner Mike Green­well, who played left field with the Bos­ton Red Sox. How­ever, this fun park also of­fers a fish and tur­tle pond, and nearby are coin-op­er­ated vend­ing ma­chines with feed for the an­i­mals. The food can be tossed from the deck into the pond. There are a va­ri­ety of fish and soft­shell tur­tles, along with ducks and other aquatic birds that some­times come for a visit—who all love to quickly gob­ble up the feed. There is no ad­mis­sion fee. At The IMAG His­tory & Science Cen­ter in Fort My­ers, chil­dren can learn about his­tory and science—and they can also learn about an­i­mals such as snakes and lizards dur­ing the live “An­i­mal En­coun­ters” that are of­fered sev­eral times a day. In ad­di­tion, the mu­seum has a “SEAto-See” touch tank and chil­dren can en­joy in­ter­ac­tions with stingrays, horse­shoe crabs, sea stars, ma­rine snails and more. Dur­ing the “St­ingray Feed,” the stingrays can be fed out of one’s hand for a $3 charge. Out back, there’s a pond with tur­tles, fish and ducks, and feed vend­ing ma­chines. The mu­seum ad­mis­sion fee is $10 for chil­dren and stu­dents; $14 for adults and $12 for peo­ple age 55 and older. Chil­dren age 2 and un­der are free. Along with its res­tau­rants, gift shops and reg­u­lar events, the Shell Fac­tory & Na­ture Park of North Fort My­ers of­fers sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to feed an­i­mals and ma­rine life. There is a pond in the mid­way area where fish, tur­tles and ducks can be fed. For a quar­ter kids can buy a hand­ful of feed from vend­ing ma­chines.

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