There was $1 entry day at the Yellow River Game Ranch and we took the boys. Honestly, my expectations were VERY low. I find most zoos a little depressing and I was not sure that petting deer was really such a good idea.
It was GREAT. Deer, peacocks, chickens, roosters, and all sorts of birds and mammals wander around a rather large wooded area that is criss-crossed with trails. The deer are so tame that they will come right up to you and eat carrots out of your hand. There are also enclosures with bunnies, buffalo, goats, pigs, sheep, coyotes, bobcats, a bear, 2 cougars, foxes, and raptors. You can feed (by hand or through a chute) almost all of the animals. Even the squirrels will come and take peanuts out of your hand.
I think I was every bit as excited as the kids.