What it is: Petco is a large chain pet store near Southpoint Mall. We had all done lots of shopping for our various pets at this store, but we didn't realize exactly how valuable it was until we had toddlers. Toddlers can be entertained by watching the furry animals such as ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, and mice; reptiles such as snakes and bearded dragons; a few birds; countless different kinds of fish; or some kittens that are there for adoption. While you're there you can also buy anything that you need for your own pet.
What we like: We love how long a toddler can be interested in a simple pet store. It's one more place to go on a rainy day that they will enjoy. I always am a bit unsure about going in there when I am not purchasing anything, but no one has ever said one word to us.
What we would change: Of course, because it is a store, the toddlers can't have complete free reign and we have to be careful that we don't get in the way of any of the store employees or customers, but this is usually not a big deal.
Website and other important information: Petco is located near Southpoint Mall off of Rennaissance Parkway.
Monday - Friday 9AM - 9PM
Saturday 9AM - 9PM
Sunday 10AM - 7PM
*While we haven't checked it out. I've also heard that the Petsmart off of 15-501 near its intersection with I-40 can be similarly entertaining with the added bonus of being within walking distance of a toy store, Learning Express.