There are always free things to do in Tenerife by fountains called Fuentes in Spanish. Mind there is hardly a two or three year old that can swim. You can't slide with that toddler down into a pool at Siam Park. So what is there to do for that age group? People who suggest that never had little kids themselves.
A fairy tale water feature with stone creatures at el Monasterio seems to be absolute magic for tiny boys.
Of course, the big stone toads and frogs that were placed on its rim couldn't really cast a spell. The kids love them, though. Later, we came to realize that it's above all running or standing water that three year old boys hardly resist.
This pond at Restaurante el Mirador where some water runs into its main basin from its top isn't dangerous. Just keep an eye on the little adventurers by the water. Management doesn't seem to mind when the tiny children lean over the rim to splash about. Meantime, you can order a drink and may sample delicious cake at this place with views to kill for. You may even have a proper meal when play time is over.
By the way, there are days when reservations are important, as this restaurant is highly popular with locals.
The zoo is at a stone throw from the toad fountain.
Some of it with poultry is in the open of the gardens. The rest is in an enclosure.
This farm zoo is another kids' delight. You get there through an archway opposite the Mirador restaurant.
You pass the lake of the ducks and swans first.
Nearby are turtles and fish in a shallow pond in the Guava and Lemon orchard. Toddlers are fascinated by all living creatures on top and under water.
Poultry, such as hens, pheasants and different species of peacocks walked about under Avocado-, Lemon- and Guava trees. One of the latter was bearing ripe Guavas, when we were visiting. The poultry drinks from a farm channel that has fresh running water.
Barns are in the background. Ponies are kept there and a donkey o two. But no Mufflons, goats or pigs.
A peacock was sitting on top of the timber rail, as if totally tame.
There are always things to do in Tenerife with animals. Perhaps, we should inquire when their feeding or grooming time is in order to watch.
Poultry which seemed to lose feathers was resting in the semi shade of Japanese Cycads which some call Sago Palms. The plants were casting fancy patterns on the ground, as it was high Noon. Ducks and hens were walking about and a rabbit was sitting by the roots of a big shady tree.
This zoo is'n't as tiny as on first sight.
More poultry is roaming the entire built-up park. Once, a hen was teasing our dog Jesse from behind a bullet proof glass by the view of Restaurante Mirador.
There are pheasants in places where you wouldn't expect them, such as roof tops and very high walls.
The hens are as adventurous. They seem to like built up areas too. They love the main patio interior yard of the park while people have champaign breakfasts there.
The Meson Monasterio farm zoo is just perfect for little kids, as
they don't have much of an attention span. Later you can run with them
in the park behind the poultry orchard. That road leads right up Mount Montaneta with picturesque road altars by the wayside and many nooks. One can hide behind to play hide and seek. But leave climbing further for another day.
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