Children at Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula hunt for toy animals
Ventura County Star | 4/7/2013

Families hunted for farm animals hidden in exhibits Sunday at the Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula.

The Toy Farm Animal Scavenger Hunt was designed to teach youths about the museum’s current exhibits on large machinery, bees and historical local crops.

“The kids find out a lot about agriculture and farming in our city,” said Kevin Genovese, the museum’s director of operations.

The scavenger hunt was part of the museum’s free-day events. Visitors get into the museum free the first Sunday of each month.For May’s first Sunday, a fair will bring chickens, cows, and lambs and other animals for guests to see.

“I like to see the children be creative,” said museum docent Gail Wohlenberg. “It’s nice for families.”

The Agriculture Museum is an extension of the Museum of Ventura County and one of four museums in the historic downtown Santa Paula area. Its exhibits include a live beehive, a mounted bug display and tractors once used locally for harvesting crops.

An exhibit running through June 16 features 19 quilts made by 15 Ventura and Santa Barbara county residents, and one running through Aug. 11 displays photographs of a sugar beet factory built in 1898.

Santa Paula resident Desiree Cabral, 34, said she enjoyed exploring the exhibits with her three daughters.

“There are so many things for kids to do,” Cabral said. “They don’t really know too much about where their food comes from just what they see in our kitchen. And it’s good for them to see how it goes from produce to home.”

More than 70 children searched to find all the toy animals hidden among the museum exhibits. The youths got clues that taught them trivia such as the dominance of lima beans among Ventura County crops in the 1900s. For the advanced round, children had to find smaller toy animals and got no clues.Those who finished the hunt were entered into a raffle for prizes.

“It was fun,” said Joseph Moreno, 12, of Newbury Park. “There are a lot of things I’ve never seen before.”

The museum, at 926 Railroad Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. General admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children age 6 to 17 and free for members and children younger than 5. Paid events include admission to the galleries.

For more information visit or call 525-3100

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