See Exotic Animals Right Here in Temple at Fish Bowl Pet Express
The nearest zoo is an hour's drive from Temple, and while it's definitely worth the trip, it isn't always a practical day trip. If you and the kids want to see exotic animals (and perhaps even take one home), stop by Fish Bowl Pet Express in Downtown Temple instead.
Fish Bowl has been a Downtown institution since before I was born, and it's always fun to stop by and see what sort of beautiful creatures you can visit and perhaps even pet.
They also host birthday parties, so if you've got a kid who's fascinated with animals, give them a cal at (254) 773-9771.