It’s cold outside, but anyone with kids knows that doesn’t mean you should stay inside. Get out and enjoy the wonder of nature! The Detroit Zoo is hosting Wild Winter weekends in January, February and March 2014. The annual family-friendly events feature children’s music, zookeeper talks, games and crafts.
Wild Winter activities take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are free with zoo admission.
Wild Winter Arctic Adventure – Jan. 11 and 12
Embrace the arctic chill of winter with arts and crafts and live performances. Watch ice carving demonstrations and learn about the Zoo’s arctic animals with enrichment and zookeeper talks.
Wild Winter African Adventure – Feb. 8 and 9
Celebrate African American history with an African drum lesson and hear stories by Kenyan naturalist and Detroit Zoo Education Specialist David Gakure. Enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, games and educational experiences.
Wild Winter Safari Social – March 8 and 9
Escape the winter “blahs” with hot drinks and cool treats. Ice cream and hot cocoa will be available for purchase at a discount. Animal arts and crafts, face painting, enrichment, zookeeper talks and a winter safari scavenger hunt add to the fun.
The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue off I-696 in Royal Oak, Mich. The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October.
Admission (effective January 2, 2014) is $14 for adults 15 to 61 and $10 for children 2 to 14, senior citizens 62 and older and active military with ID; children under 2 are free. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.