The Long Island Game Farm’s Inaugural Founder’s Day Celebration Delights Guests

Melinda Novak (left) and her mother Diane Novak (right), co-owners of the Long Island Game Farm — Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo shared stories of the park’s history during the Founder’s Day Celebration on Saturday, August 26.

(MANORVILLE, NEW YORK) – The Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo celebrated its first ever Founder’s Day – A Family Appreciation Day by offering guests $6 admission for adults and free admission for children on Saturday, August 26. The park also gave out free backpacks and bracelets to the first 500 visitors.

During the event, guests were treated to free face painting and a story hour with Long Island Game Farm owner Melinda Novak and her mother Diane Novak, who founded the park with her husband Stanley Novak in 1970.

“Our Founder’s Day Celebration was a great way to honor my parents, who put so much thought and care into starting this park, as well as the guests who have continually supported us through the decades,” says Melinda Novak, Co-Owner/Vice President, Long Island Game Farm — Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo. “With the power of social media, we’ve found that many families have fond memories of the park in the 1970s and 1980s, and are now bringing their children and grandchildren to our zoo. Our guests mean the world to us and we hope that this Family Appreciation event has shown that.”

The Long Island Game Farm features interactive animal experiences, where guests can get up-close and personal with their favorite animals. In addition to getting to feed the giraffe and camels, guests can hand-feed the animals in “Bambiland,” and bottle-feed goats and other baby animals in the nursery. As the park closes in on its 50th Anniversary, additional family appreciation and special events will be planned.

 

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WE ARE OPEN -  PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE YOUR VISIT!

Our reopening is in compliance with the New York State Re-Opening Strategic Plan for Zoos.
We can’t wait to see you all, and to do so we will follow strict guidelines and protocols for visitors and staff.

Please read all information below BEFORE YOUR VISIT, and please follow all signage and rules posted in the park. Thank you for your cooperation during our initial re-opening phase.

The information below is subject to change, SO PLEASE CHECK FOR UPDATES BEFORE YOU VISIT. Call 631-878-6644 or visit our facebook page.

Opening Information

Phase One Admission Pricing
This year due to COVID19 we will be (mostly) operating as we do each spring with the same prices and animals available. We hope you will visit to support our farm and understand that things are different during these times. But next year will be even better!
Children under 3 are free.
Children 3 - 11 and Seniors are $14.95 + tax
Adults are $16.95 + tax

Open 7 days a week, 10:00am to 5:00 pm. Last Admission sale at 4pm.
Tickets are available at our front Ticket Booth by credit card or cash.

What will be available during Phase One?

This year due to COVID19 we will be operating as we do each spring with the same prices and animals available. We hope you will visit to support our farm and understand that things are different during these times. But next year will be even better!

  • Outdoor animal exhibits - Zoo visitors can explore our 25 acre park! Please be aware the indoor exhibit (Discovery Center) must remain closed during Phase One and we are using this time to renovate. See Parrots, Zebra, Coatimundi: Benny (rescued), Deerpark, Nursery, Alpaca herd (re-homed), Emu Family, Ring Tailed Lemurs, Red Foxes, Donkey Families (rescued), Horses (rescued), Sheep, African Serval Cat: Nala (re-homed), Buffalo, Llamas, Rabbits, Mini horses (rescued), Pigs: Kirby and Petey rescued, Alligators, African Sulcatta Tortoises (rescued), Chickens and more!
  • The Deer Park - The Deer Park will be open for guests to walk through!
  • The Nursery - come see our babies! 10:30am - about 12 noon help us bottle feed!
  • Animal Keeper Feedings:
  • 10:30: Watch the morning bottle feeding of our kid goats - in the Nursery
  • 11am: Emu's - Eugene and Brenda with their Baby Chicks Q & A
  • 2pm: Ring Tailed Lemur Keeper Feeding and Q & A
  • Education Station – Meet an animal star and learn fun facts from those who know them the best! Ms. Amy the Hedgehog, Tortoise, Spotted Gecko, Baby Alligator and more! This will take place with the Keeper inside a pen for safe distancing for all! Times to be announced each day. Check at the ticket booth.

Hand washing Stations: We have 3 hand washing stations with soap, paper towels and garbage pail.
Restrooms - Please remember to practice social distancing and wash hands for 20 seconds after use.
Gift Shop - Will be open with limited times.
People Food - Will be closed till further notice. Snacks and water available. Please note that, outside food cannot be brought into the zoo.

What will be closed due to COVID19?

Per state regulations, the following will be closed or unavailable during
Phase One of re-opening:
• All Rides (Carousel, Tea Cups and Pony Rides)
• Indoor Exhibit- Discovery Center
• Main Stage Show
• Our Florida animals, including the Giraffe will not be able to visit during this year.
Additional Phase One Guidelines
• No Outside Food - Guests cannot bring outside food into the zoo. Exceptions may be made for smaller items such as small snacks, a water bottle, formula and any childcare necessities, or food required for medical reasons. Coolers and full lunches cannot be brought into the zoo, however.
• No Coolers or Lunches - We reserve the right to inspect any bags brought into the zoo.
• Rentals are not available at this time – wagon & wheelchair rentals will unfortunately not be available when we first open. Guests are still welcome to bring their own strollers. We apologize for the inconvenience!

Health & Safety Guidelines

We are committed to keeping you healthy and safe, but we rely on you to protect yourself too.
If you are sick or believe you have been recently exposed to the virus, please do not visit until well. We recommend that visitors who are over 65 years old or with underlying health issues wait to visit during later phases.

Cover Your Mouth & Nose With a Face Mask

All visitors over the age of 2 must wear a face mask during their entire visit, excluding those unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons. We recommend that guests who are unable to wear a face mask wait until later phases to visit.

Practice Social Distancing

Please practice social distancing and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other visitor groups and zoo staff.

Wash your Hands often & Avoid Touching Your Face

Please wash or sanitize your hands frequently. When washing your hands, remember to wash using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Avoid Touching Surfaces

We are trying our best to keep surfaces in the zoo as sanitized as possible, but please try to avoid touching surfaces to reduce potential exposure and the spread of COVID-19. Remember to wash or sanitize your hands after touching anything other guests may have touched.


MOVIE RESCHEDULED DUE TO RAIN!!!

Friday, July 17th

COME SEE THE MOVIE MADAGASCAR FROM YOUR CAR AND HELP THE GAME FARM!
Total per car $50.00 cash at the door. $25.00 per car for the movie plus $25.00 donation includes 2 free Admission Passes to visit the farm on July 8th or anytime after.
BY RESERVATION ONLY via info@longislandgamefarm.com LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE!!!
Port-o-potties will be available. Gates open at 8pm, movie begins at 8:45pm.
If you have a reservation and want to keep it you are good. Please email me at info@longislandgamefarm.com if you need to cancel.

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