Kids are out, come to the zoo!

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Your kids are out of school. Are you looking for an activity for them that doesn’t expose them to large groups of people? North Georgia Zoo is the answer!

North Georgia Zoo in Cleveland, GA will be open Wednesday and Thursday, 11:00am-3:00pm BY RESERVATION ONLY. This will allow us to limit the number of people in the zoo to levels in alignment with the CDC recommendations of 50 people in close proximity to one another. Tours will be limited to 20 people. Animal Experiences will be limited to 8-10 people. The zoo is an open-air facility that is spread out over a large area, so “social distancing” is the norm here. There are also hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility for your convenience. At this time there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in our county.

You may reserve a Wildlife Walk (tour of our exotic animals), the Petting Zoo (we have 30-40 babies in the Petting Zoo right now!), or a Hands-On Animal Experience (Wolf Experience, Otter Experience, Meet the Babies, or Fennec Fox Experience). Again, you MUST HAVE RESERVATIONS TO ATTEND EITHER OF THESE TWO DAYS.

Go to to make your reservations! North Georgia Zoo is located at 2912 Paradise Valley Road, Cleveland, GA

About North Georgia Zoo & Farm/ Wildlife Wonders:

North Georgia Zoo & Farm (NGZ) is home to over 300 animals. NGZ is known for its outreach
programs called Wildlife Wonders- Zoo to You which started in 1995. Wildlife Wonders was featured
on “Dirty Jobs” and also provides 1000’s of educational outreach programs each year. Wildlife
Wonders opened their doors for guests to come visit during the fall of 2010 and the name was
changed to North Georgia Zoo & Farm. NGZ is known as a “Zoo like no other” and “My favorite zoo”.

They have earned these titles because of the unique and hands-on experiences they offer.
Sign up for animal encounters with otters, kangaroos, wolves, zebras and more. Enjoy a reptile
encounter and get hands–on with everything from alligators to large snakes. Take a wagon ride to
see exotic livestock, learn about the rare breed livestock breeding program and feed the camels!

Guided Wildlife Walks are provided during regular business hours and offer a chance to learn more
about and get up close with animals such as Cougars, Lemurs, Monkey, Birds of Prey and many
others. The petting zoo and farm animal area is a low-cost option that is great for kids and adults
alike and introduces visitors to over a dozen different farm animal breeds plus other animals such as
giant tortoise, deer, parrots, and baby camel. Baby animals are always available to pet and feed in
the petting zoo area but come in the spring and you may even see one being born!

NGZ is licensed by Georgia Department of Natural Resources and United States Department of
Agriculture. NGZ is a member of the Zoological Association of America. NGZ has received
outstanding reviews from both zoological professionals and visitors.

NGZ offers specialty tours and animal encounters throughout the year by reservation. Zoo
Admittance is seasonal and offered on select days. To view dates, prices, options and more visit: To learn more about their Zoo to You program visit:

Keeping children entertained during Coronavirus

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UNION COUNTY, Ga – As a precaution against COVID-19, children across Union County, and much of North Georgia, are home for the week and potentially even longer. For parents or guardians looking for ways to keep their children entertained, the community is offering some options.

Those individuals responsible for children are advised to create a schedule in order to make the transition easier. However, don’t feel pressured to stick to do. Students obviously need to complete their COLD packets for the week, but structure will assist in keeping children on-track and focused.

Sample COVID-19 schedule, courtesy of Facebook parents.

Also, a child’s COLD packet might not take up an entire day, so it’s good to have options ready for that possibility.

Of course, it’s also important to keep children physically active when possible, if the day is nice, make time to play in the yard or create an activity space in the house.

Crafting is another way to keep children entertained if parents, guardians, or babysitters have the materials readily available.

As equally important is alone time, if everyone is stuck at home, it could quickly devolve into fight night. To prevent that from happening, try to schedule a time for everyone to separate for an hour or two. This way children and parents or guardians can entertain themselves in the manner they see fit.

Some additional online learning options are available covers a wide range of topics and focuses on STEM courses. Scholastic is also offering 20 days of free learning courses for children.

Storyline Online is a free literacy program where celebrities read to K-5 children and associated activities.

Local options

Blairsville Dance is offering online streaming classes to their students and opening several to the community for free. Children two and up can sign up, just follow the link.

The Art Department Studio is offering an in-person art camp for children from 9 to 13 for $35 per day from March 16 to 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The businesses said a 10 a.m. drop off is fine and an early pick-up with prior notification. Parents or guardians are asked to send children with lunch, snacks, and drinks and to not enroll a child who is feeling sick.

“We have soap and water and kids will be washing hands regularly, but feel free to send them with hand sanitizer if you wish. Also, we must be notified of any allergies. A parent/guardian will be requested to read/fill out/sign a form with your information. For info or to sign up, call the studio at (706)225-9713 or stop by! We are in Victoria’s plaza by the movie theatre/bowling alley. Thank you and stay healthy!” – The Art Department

Fetch Your News will continue to update this article with more opportunities as they become available.

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