A new exhibit now open at Purina Farms explores an important question: Why is life better with pets?
The new exhibit, “Better with Pets,” offers plenty of interaction to hold the attention of little ones (and pets, which are also welcome!). Before entering, guests must answer an important question: Are you a cat or dog person? Once decided, visitors are given a “personal Pet ID card” to scan at various stations. Here they will learn more about the pet featured on the card. (Be sure to hold onto the ID card and remember to turn it in at the end. For every returned card, Purina will make a charitable donation.)
Health and nutrition are major focuses of “Better with Pets.” What does it take for an animal to have a shiny coat, lean muscles and more? Guests can match up the nutrients to see if they’re right. Pet owners can design a pet food display while learning what goes into the food. Guests can learn more about the unique nutritional needs of dogs and cats through puzzles, a connect four game and more.
Companionship is another topic of the exhibit. The space offers plenty of insight into the joys pets bring to their owners. A computer provides a multitude of information about various dog and cat breeds. A pet finder station is even available to search for adoptable pets.
In the Well Being Room, children are invited to draw a picture of what their pet means to them and place it in a mailbox. Periodically pictures will be placed on display in the exhibit. Visitors can also watch several short films and learn how service dogs work within the home.
Many stations are activated by the touch of a unique “paw” (hand) print. Another popular spot is a touchscreen where participants can answer a short series of questions to determine which dog or cat breed they are most like. Once determined, a photo is taken and morphed with that breed and then e-mailed to the guest.
Better with Pets is part of the Purina Farms Visitor Center, which opened for season March 18 with an updated look. Learn more.
Purina Farms is located at 200 Checkerboard Loop, Gray Summit, MO. Admission is free but reservations are requested. Call 314-982-3232 or 888-688-PETS for reservations.
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