It was slim pickings for animal attractions as were traveling through Western Colorado. Luckily for us the Children’s Nature Center in Fruita was there. Our 3 year old can’t get enough when it comes to animals. Small…big… it does not matter she loves it. So when she overhead Karen and I talking about the possibility of going to a nature center, she could not help but ask if we could go. When we finally relented she squealed with glee upon our answer.
The Children’s Nature Center is the only non-wild animal attraction in a 250-mile radius. Looking at the outside of the building we were not expecting much. However, looks can be deceiving. So we kept an open mind and opened their doors and took the plunge. After paying the admission price which at first we thought was a little steep we took the self-guided tour.
Basically the Children’s Nature Center is divided up into a few sections. There were a variety of saltwater tanks by the entrance including a touch tank. McKenna enjoyed getting to touch the stingrays. There was a bird cage with a talkative macaw. A free range tortoise. The walls were covered with a variety of size of enclosures. There was even a touch table and children’s learning area. We were surprised by the fact that we ended up seeing a lot more animals than we thought.
We were the only ones there so we ended up having the lady that took our money stay within earshot of us. Always on the ready to help. She was very knowledgeable and patient with our little family. Answering questions and asking our 3-year-old several of her own. The attendant was quite surprised when McKenna answered several of her nature questions right away. She then asked if she likes some sort of animal TV show (which she has never seen). M answered that she likes books. As you can guess we strutted around the store like a couple roosters, proud of our baby chick, for a little bit after that.
It turned out to be much bigger than we thought. The Children’s Nature Center is home to more than 120 animals. Mainly fish reptiles and amphibians. Including several unique species that we do not get to see very often. We even got see why archer fish are also known as spitting fish as our guide fed them some crickets. That ended up being my wife’s favorite part. I loved seeing the chameleon do its little shuffle step across its tank. Our 1-year-old enjoyed the exotic birds squawking. Of course, my 3-year-old loved everything.
Children’s Nature Center ended up being a lot of fun. Yeah at first I thought it was too expensive but we ended up spending a little over an hour there. My wife still talks about seeing the spitting fish. M talks about when she can go to another nature center. So I would say that the money was well worth it.
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Children’s Nature Center
Located at 404 Jurassic Ave, Fruita CO
Hours of Operation Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & Sunday 12:00 p.m. do 4:00 p.m.
Cost as of this Posting Adults 13 and over $7.00 and Children 1 to 12 $5.00- Family of four is $21
For more information visit their website at http://www.thechildrensnaturecenter.org/index.php/en/
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