Did you know you can see the Dali Lama in Lodi? Well, not exactly, but there is a llama named Dolly for children to enjoy each weekend in August at Micke Grove Park.
The San Joaquin County Historical Museum has what is known as a Critter Corral each Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 1 on the museum grounds in south Lodi. The “corral” contains all sorts of farm animals for children to learn about. In addition to Dolly Llama, it contains goats, a miniature bull that looks more like a donkey, several pot-bellied pigs, a duck, some chickens and other critters.
Julian, 10. a fifth-grader at Borchardt Elementary School in Lodi, had been to the museum before on a field trip, but his father said on a Sunday visit that he and his wife had never been there, so it gave them a chance to enjoy the museum, including the Critter Corral.
The goats were busy trying to eat a News-Sentinel reporter’s notebook, but the reporter was determined to not allow it to happen. Some fluffy chickens ran around the corral. Chris Garcia, 3, and his cousin Gissel Ruiz, 4, from Stockton, were nervous around the animals at first, but they became more comfortable and began brushing Frosty, a black sheep, and feeding Dolly Llama some straw.
The Critter Corral is owned by Rachel Acuff, who operates Elk Grove-based Pony Ranch Parties. It will be on display at the county museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends through Sept. 1.
Museum admission is $5 for adults (18-64), $4 for seniors (65-plus) and teens (13-17), and $2 for children (6-12). Admission is free for children 5 and under and for members of the San Joaquin County Historical Society. There is a parking fee for each vehicle entering Micke Grove Regional park.
The 18-acre museum reveals San Joaquin County history in eight exhibition buildings, four historic buildings, and the Sunshine Trail, a living exhibition of native plants and habitats. A special banner exhibit, “Wherever There’s a Fight: A History of Civil Liberties in California,” will be on display through the summer.
A traveling exhibit from The Smithsonian Institution, “The Way We Worked,” will be at the museum from Oct. 6 to Nov. 16. A new Delta Water Path, water efficiency demonstration garden and interior exhibits on native people of the area will soon be displayed at the museum.
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