Twice the animals, twice the fun at USU's Baby Animal Days

Friday , April 29, 2016 - 9:00 AM

By JAMIE LAMPROS
Standard-Examiner correspondent

KAYSVILLE — Chicks, bunnies and snakes. Are you tempted to follow that with, “Oh my?”

Well, you may be saying those two little words more than once during this year’s Baby Animal Days.

Not only will the May 6 and 7 event include some of the cutest little baby animals you’ve ever seen, there will also be plenty of reptiles, including a baby python and a baby caiman, at the Utah State University Botanical Center in Kaysville. Caimans, by the way, are related to alligators and crocodiles.

“The event is really popular. In fact, last year, we had thousands of people come, even though it was rainy, so this year we have doubled the number of baby animals so people will have an even better experience and won’t have to stand in such long lines,” said Cynthia Lyman, marketing manager for the Utah State University Wasatch Front Extension.


PREVIEW

• WHAT: Baby Animal Days

• WHERE: USU Botanical Center, 875 S. 50 West, Kaysville

• WHEN: 3 p.m.-8 p.m. May 6 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 7

• COST: $7/ages 3-up, $35/families of up to six related members; 801-544-3089, www.babyanimaldays.org


In addition, this year’s ticket prices will include free pony and miniature train rides. In the past, Lyman said, people had to purchase those rides separately.

“The only thing not included in the ticket price is the food and other vendor services,” Lyman said.

The event, now in its third year, is a fundraiser for the USU Botanical Center and the 4-H Youth Education Program. The 4-H program is the largest youth development organization in the country, with more than six million youth members who gain experiences to develop critical life skills.

Some of the other animals expected to be seen at the event include piglets, goats, lambs, ponies, calves and baby pancake tortoises, Asian water monitors, sulcata tortoises and red-footed tortoises.

There will also be a sheep-shearing demonstration, a Wild Wonders Show and Scales and Tales Show. Lyman said this year, instead of face painting, children can get a temporary baby animal tattoo.

“There are going to be so many fun and exciting things going on. It’s just a really fun way to celebrate spring,” Lyman said. “It’s an event for the entire family.”

Here’s the schedule of Baby Animals Days events:

• Friday, May 6

3 p.m. — Sheep-shearing demo

3:30 p.m. — Wild Wonders Show

4:30 p.m. — Scales and Tales Show

5:30 p.m. — Sheep-shearing demo

6:30 p.m. — Wild Wonders Show

7:30 p.m. — Scales and Tales Show

• Saturday, May 7

11 a.m. — Sheep-shearing demo

Noon — Scales and Tales Show

1 p.m. — Wild Wonders Show

2 p.m. — Sheep-shearing demo

3 p.m. — Scales and Tales Show

4 p.m. — Wild Wonders Show

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