KAYSVILLE - It’s a chance to cuddle a baby animal without having to clean up after it.
The USU Botanical Center and the 4H are getting ready for this year’s Baby Animal Days, set for May 9-10 at the botanical center. The event, which costs $5 per person and $25 per family, will give kids the chance to interact with everything from baby chicks to baby llamas. Hours are 2-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.
“This is probably the biggest event we hold all year,” said Jayne Mulford, who helps plan events at the center. “It’s tons of fun.”
In addition to the llamas and chicks, the event will also have baby sheep, pigs, goats and bunnies. A petting tent gives participants the chance to touch some of the animals, all of which have been provided by people in 4H.
“It’s nice, because they’re the actual owners,” said Mulford. “They get to share their expertise.”
In addition, the Ogden Nature Center will be doing a show featuring birds, while Scales and Tails will bring baby alligators. They, along with a professional sheep shearer, will hold regular performances throughout the day.
“We’ve never had the Ogden Nature Center come before,” said Mulford. “We’re pretty excited about it.”
All tickets include one free horse ride for kids 16 and under, as well as one free face painting. Additional rides and face paintings can be purchased for $2 each, the same price as a climb on the rock wall. Other activities, such as a bounce house and crafts, are free with admission.
The event serves as a fund raiser for both the botanical center and the 4H.
“Half the money goes to the 4H,” said Maloy. “The other half goes toward garden development.”
Family tickets can be purchased for groups of up to six related people ages 3 and older. Discounts are available for military families and garden members families.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit babyanimaldays.org.