Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo Celebrates Its 50th Season

The Park Will Open for its 2019 Spring Season April 19

[MANORVILLE, NEW YORK] –– Now entering its 50th season, the Long Island Game Farm -– Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo will officially open on Friday, April 19. During the opening weeks, guests will have the opportunity to learn about the rescued animals that now have safe homes at the Game Farm and the new baby animals, including chicks, bunnies, ducklings and kid goats. Visitors will be able to pet and hand-feed the animals once they are born. They will also be able to enjoy the amusement rides, including the carousel, spinning tea cups, and pony rides!

Now is also a great time to book field trips, children’s birthday parties, family get-togethers, and company outings.

Though some of the park’s summer animals (giraffe, camels and a few more) are still vacationing in Florida until May, the spring season is always an especially fun and relaxing time for guests to visit, with cooler weather, smaller crowds and lower prices. In celebration of the season opening, the park is offering a reduced spring admission price of $14.95 for children ages 3 to 12, senior citizens ages 62+, and military personnel, and $16.95 per adult ages 13 to 61. Prices do not include tax. As always, discount coupons will be available online and through the Facebook page.

The Long Island Game Farm was founded in 1970 by Stanley and Diane Novak. However, the story begins 70 years before that. The house on the Game Farm was built in 1900, the barn was constructed before the end of the 19th century and the property was once a sheep farm. On the park’s first opening day, the admission price was $2 for adults and $1.50 for children.

While there were not as many animals on the park back then as there are today, there were a few animals that the Game Farm no longer exhibits. In the 1970s, the Novaks featured a sea lion show. Each year, the park switches up the shows by introducing new animals and animal shows, such as this year’s Squawk! the Amazing Bird Show, which performs daily starting May 23 through September 2.

Today, the Game Farm is operated by three generations of Novaks: Co-Owners Diane and her daughter Melinda, along with granddaughter Chela.

“My family started the park when I was 9. I’ve witnessed the Game Farm grow from just a piece of land on a road, to an enriching environment for families of all ages,” says Melinda. “As each year has come and gone, I still look forward to seeing happy little faces light up the farm, whether they be those of our nursery animals or visiting children.”

For opening weekend, the Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo will be open 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends from Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 28, as most schools are enjoying spring recess.

For the month of May, the park is open Thursdays to Sundays, May 2 to May 19. During these dates, the park is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo will be open seven days per week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday, starting Wednesday, May 22.

Bring the Zoo to Your Child’s Winter Birthday Party

Celebrate a Birthday with Fan-Favorite Zoo Animals, in the Warmth of Your Own Home!

[MANORVILLE, NEW YORK] –– For those with winter birthdays, planning a fun birthday party can be tough with the cold winds and harsh weather. But no need to worry! The Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park and Children’s Zoo can bring the zoo (and the party) to you!

The farm’s mobile zoo is a great gift for your little animal lover’s birthday. What better gift is there than a close encounter with animals that cannot be found in your backyard? The zoo features animals such as Suzie the Wallaby, Gabriella the Giant Flemish Rabbit, Speedy the Sulcata Tortoise and more! For safety reasons, the selected animals may be replaced or changed as their needs require.

The zoo can be set up at any type of venue, indoors or outdoors, including homes, schools, libraries and religious centers. The indoor setup is assembled on a tarp, which the Game Farm will set up and clear at the end. For outdoor parties, the petting zoo can be set up under a tent.

How does the zoo work? The Mobile Petting Zoo includes a 12-by-12-foot pen, where the animals will be set up. A smaller pen with a bench will also be constructed, as a space where the kids will get a special one-on-one animal encounter. The children may have a choice to meet one or more of the animals mentioned above, depending on group size and allowance of time.

“We are super-excited to be bringing the mobile zoo back this year!” says Melinda Novak, Vice President/Co-Owner, Long Island Game Farm. “This is the perfect activity for a winter birthday party – the kids love having one-on-one time with the animals!”

Pricing for the Mobile Zoo starts at $425 an hour, depending on the parties’ needs. Travel fees will apply, depending on traffic and distance.

To get started, interested parties can fill out the reservation form on Long Island Game Farm’s website, or they can call the park at 631-878-6644. Office hours are every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Mobile Zoo is USDA and NYSDEC inspected and approved.

For more information on the Long Island Game Farm’s Mobile Zoo, visit www.longislandgamefarm.com.

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The Long Island Game Farm was founded in 1970 by Stanley and Diane Novak and is located on 25 acres of land in Manorville. The Park has grown over the years and has served as a frequent destination of school children that have grown up on Long Island. Each year, thousands of guests visit the park.