\r\nZoo-Topia\r\nBy Erica Barker\r\nALEXANDRIA, VA-Take a mini-road trip this month, outside of Alexandria, to enjoy a spring safari with your little ones. Three of our favorite animal parks, all in Virginia, are a 45-minute drive away and worth the trip.\r\nFirst up is the Leesburg Animal Park in Leesburg. The Leesburg Animal Park This park offers plenty of interactions with animals, including a petting area, live educational animal shows, and both indoor and outdoor play areas. The park is big, and has animals ranging from alpacas, bunnies, and pigs to zebras, camels, and monkeys. After enjoying the park, you can head to Leesburg for some exploring and great food options.\r\n\r\nThe next animal adventure awaits at Roer\u2019s Zoofari in Vienna. The Zoo is the perfect size for little legs to walk around and experience all the different animals, including baby goats, giraffes, bunnies, and kangaroos. We especially enjoyed the aviary, where we could feed the birds as they landed on seeds sticks we were holding. When tired of walking, you can hop on the safari bus tour for an open-air adventure.\r\nBoth the Leesburg Animal Park and Roer\u2019s Zoofari charge admission fees and are perfect for a special occasion.\r\nFor a great, low-cost animal adventure, head to Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon. The park features Kidwell Farm, which has horses, chickens, rabbits, sheep, pigs, and goats. Kidwell Farm is a working farm from the 1930s and you can tour barns and various buildings that contain antique farm equipment. After touring the farm and saying hello to the animals, stop by the playground or take a wagon ride. Admission to the farm is free, wagon rides are $3.50 per person ages two and up.\r\n\r\nHere are my top picks for your upcoming weekends:\r\nMay 11: Arts on the Horizon presents their new children\u2019s show, \u201cSailing on String\u201d at the Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. The show is recommended for children ages 0-2 and features an immersive performance with live music. We have attended all their shows this past year and my son is always captivated. Shows run from May 1 to May 18 and tend to sell out, so grab tickets early. It\u2019s also Mother\u2019s Day weekend, so be sure to take advantage of the local brunch specials offered by Old Town restaurants.\r\nMay 18: Head to DC to check out ARTECHOUSE\u2019s cherry blossom feature, \u201cIn Peak Bloom.\u201d This unique and colorful digital art installation is sure to mesmerize. After touring the exhibit, walk along the Southwest Waterfront.\r\nMay 27: For Memorial Day weekend, stay in town and enjoy the 42nd Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival at Waterfront Park in Old Town from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Dance along the waterfront and check out the new \u201cMirror, Mirror\u201d art exhibit.\r\nJune 1: Take a mini-road trip to Herndon for the 38th Annual Herndon Festival. This event features a carnival, arts and crafts show, live entertainment, and kids\u2019 activities. There will also be fireworks on Saturday night.\r\nErica Barker is the founder of littleoldtown.com, where she shares fun activities in the Alexandria area for parents and kids and she enjoys exploring the local area while keeping her toddler entertained.