WAYLAND — Santa Claus is coming early to the Dinky Doo Petting Zoo and Pony Rides Too.
On Dec. 8 and 9 Santa will be available to grant children’s holiday wishes from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be free hot coco and cookies available. The event is $5 each for the petting zoo, and $5 each for pony rides.
There are a couple new animals this year with a Zebu, potbelly pig, and guinea pigs. A new pony is ready to give rides.
Cherie Carter, Free Spirit Leather Shop owner, said that she needs some helping hands for the end of the season. She needs donations to help keep the petting zoo going, and be able to supply the community with a family-fun time.
All the proceeds from the Dinky Doo Christmas will go to feeding the animals, and paying for the insurance on the barn.
“I am going to decorate the entire place this year, and I have some cute things for the animals,” she said. “I want this event to be spectacular this year.”
Carter said that schools are welcome to have field trips and other events at the zoo. She also does private parties on Sundays only.
“I am trying to reach out to all the local schools. I really need a helping hand from the community,” she said. “All donations are welcome for the petting zoo.”
Carter said she wants to reach out to all the small business in the area after the Dinky Doo Christmas event. She wants all the small businesses to work together in keeping each other afloat.
Donations are needed in the form of cookies before the event this year, since Carter is hoping to have about 500 people at the zoo.
“I want this place to shine,” she said. “I really do think we are going to have a great turnout this year.”
The private parties are $300 and include the petting zoo, pony rides, and bunny treats. It is 50 cents for extra bunny treats per bag.
Future goals include a mini golf course, helping the troubled youth, and having fun activities at the pond.
“I really want to make this place educational for the kids. I want to turn it into a learning center,” Carter said. “I would like to give discounts to schools and daycares for events. Everyone is welcome at Dinky Doo Petting Zoo.
“When I see little ones walking in the zoo, and they pet an animal for the first time it really warms my heart,” Carter continued. “The smile on those kids faces are what make this worth a million dollars to me.”
The zoo will be closed January, February, and March for the season. The store is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Dec. 22. The zoo is open Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Dec. 22.
Carter is very grateful for the support she has gotten this year, and she hopes to continue on for years to come.
To keep up with updates on the store and zoo follow Dinky Doo Petting Zoo on Facebook. The store is located at 1864 Route 63 in Wayland. It can be reached at 585-978-5611.