‘Boo at the Zoo’ and more family activities during the Wayland holiday season


WAYLAND – The local petting zoo has been busy this year with several fun family events.

Cherie Carter, owner of Dinky Doo petting zoo and Pony Rides Too, wanted to bring some life lessons learned to the community.

Carter used what she had with her petting zoo and leather shop to create a safe place for kids and families to retreat this year. For the first time, a lot has happened with events, programs, unicorn parties and a dedication ceremony for a special little girl. The community used this place for shelter in times of great sadness and joy. The animals healed the wounded who had nowhere else to go. In no time, this little petting zoo turned into a personal journey for many volunteers and enthusiastic children.

Shelbi Cleveland has been working with Carter at the zoo for some time now. She feels that her children grew up in this place of refuge. Boo at the Zoo is one of the best times for the community, she said.

“We had a very good audience. We had a lot of customers and a lot of fun. We are still going very strong. We have added some baby goats to our zoo family. It brought people to the zoo. Everything has been really stable, ”she said.

Carter would like to thank everyone who donated to the event and volunteered. She said business was going well at the zoo.

Count Your Blessings arrives November 20 and 21 at noon. Santa Claus arrives on December 10, 11 and 12 at noon. These will be the last events of the year at the zoo. Carter is putting the Life Lessons Learned program on hold until the following spring. She needs more volunteers for the program.

“We still have a huge turnout for Santa Claus. It’s my biggest event of the year. The Unicorn Parities have been great this year. We are going to put up a fence in the parking lot for riding lessons next year. Shelbi is great at showing people how to handle horses, ”she said. “I have a lot of great people who come to volunteer. I thank them all for their time and effort. ”

These fancy carts can be found all over the zoo and will be used for future holiday exhibits.

Carter focuses on reminding children to be grateful for the people in their lives. She always wants to foster caring, self-confidence, kindness, compassion and helping others in young people.

Dinky Doo Petting Zoo and Pony Rides Too is located at 1864 Rt. 63 in Wayland. It is open from Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Closed Monday to Wednesday. You can reach him at 585-978-5611.


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