LODI — Kids getting antsy?
Looking for something to do that’s low-key and won’t break the bank?
Head up Highway 99 to Armstrong Road about mid-way between Stockton and Lodi and follow the signs to Micke Grove Regional Park.
Underneath a lush canopy of majestic valley oaks you’ll find two kid pleasers — the Micke Grove Zoo and Fun Town.
Zoo snobs have a hard time with Micke Grove. While the exhibits aren’t numerous and elaborate, they do the trick and don’t bust the family budget in the process. Snobs insist a real zoo has large mammals but given the cost what is offered is well-worth the price of admission.
There are small mammals, invertebrates, seals, monkeys, birds, birds, alligators, reptiles, turtles, fish, a petting zoo and more. It’s a low-key zoo with just the right amount of exhibits to not overwhelm young children.
The five-acre accredited zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more info, call the zoo at (209) 331.2010.
Right next door is the Fun Town kids’ amusement park. It features a dozen kids’ rides — merry go-round, tilt-o-whirl, a mini-roller coaster, train and more.
Admission is free while rides are priced individually or via all-day wristbands.
Micke Grove Regional Park has something for everyone. Besides the zoo and Fun Town, it includes:
uAn impressive museum of San Joaquin County history.
uAn 18-hole golf course.
uThe Japanese Garden complete with tea pavilion, koi ponds and lush landscaping that serves as a popular place for weddings.
uAn auditorium seating up to 252 people.
u Group picnic areas.
uThe most expansive canopy of massive oaks you’ll find in the county with plenty of shady spots for a picnic or simply relax.