Discover the magic of the Enchanted Forest at Clark's Elioak Farms. Delight in meeting storytime characters, such as Mother Goose, Humpty Dumpty and the Three Little Bears. Moo-ve along to find other farm fun, like the Cow Train. Your visit won't be complete until you say hello to the goats, piglets, emus and other farm animals. $$. Ellicott City, MD. clarklandfarm.com

Embark on a budgie adventure at the Reston Zoo. Feed gentle birds and watch them soar in the free flight aviary. Head over to the Petting Barn to meet some furry friends; children can even bottle-feed the little lambs, goats and piglets. Then hop on board the Zoofari Wagon Ride to explore the free-roaming safari. $$. Reston, VA. restonzoo.com

It's an udder-ly fun time at Green Meadows Petting Farm. Animal lovers can go nose-to-nose with some of their favorite barnyard animals. Get ready to cheer and shout at the visitor-favorite pig race. Don't forget to bring grandma and grandpa on Wednesdays for free grandparents' admission. $$. Ijamsville, MD. greenmeadowevents.com

Say hello to Dexter the lemur at the Leesburg Animal Park. Dexter will be making a rare appearance off of Lemur Island on July 11th and 12th. Take a walk on the wild side and discover unique exotic animals, such as African serval cats, white-handed gibbons, African-crested porcupines and many more. Even if the weather turns bad, enjoy the indoor facility, which has a three-level kids play zone, animal exhibits and an arts and craft room. $$. Leesburg, VA leesburganimalpark.com

Enjoy country living at Kidwell Farm in Frying Pan Farm Park. The farm gives visitors an opportunity to see the intricacies of a rural working farm of the 1920s - 1950s. Peek inside a chicken coup, make a visit to the country store and see the process of a working dairy. Free. Herndon, VA. fairfaxcounty.gov

RELATED STORIES

Arts al Fresco
Baseball
Family Fun
Planes and Trains
Historic Sites
Water Fun
Unique Museums
Culture for Kids
Animal Encounters
Nature Discovery
One-Tank Trips
County Fairs and Parades