One of our favourite days out is to Wingham Wildlife park, we have annual passes and go every week or two. For toddlers, this is a great introduction to a variety of different animals.
Unlike the lager zoos, you can really get up close and personal to a lot of the smaller animals; guinea pigs, snakes, lizards, birds, meerkats and penguins to name a few! They also have larger animals, such as tigers, lions, bears, wolves and monkeys. Particular highlights for Ruby include walking into the flamingo enclosure, watching the penguins play underwater and feeding the goats.
Due to the nature of the park, many of the animals have been rescued and there is a lot of information about this as you walk around. A feature I really like is the keepers are visible and often engage with you, giving additional information on the animals and the park. There are different talks you can attend, although Ruby is still quite young to stand and listen to these for too long.
For dinosaur enthusiasts, they have an impressive dinosaur zoo that is full of information, some of the dinosaurs are a little too realistic for Ruby’s liking though so we don’t often get to walk through here!
Alongside the animals, there are really good playgrounds suitable from walking upwards and a good sized soft play centre next to the cafe with a baby/toddler section, main section and a brick building section. Another benefit is that the park is open all year, meaning you get the most out of your pass if you are local and on rainy days, you can just head there for the soft play and a quick walk around. The car park is free too!
Before we had a Wingham pass, we actually had a Howletts and Port Lympne pass, however I found Ruby was a little young to appreciate these parks as they are much larger and Wingham is more suitable for her at this current time.
Our passes have just come to the end but we will be purchasing more, I was surprised at how many times we have been in the last year and if you have a few children of varying ages, I would say that there is enough to satisfy everyone. For two adults and one child (over 2) the passes are £113 or to visit for the day, adults are £17 and children £14.