How do you keep yourself and the kids busy during the winter months? A great place to hit up in the winter is the Minnesota Zoo!
My family can be seen visiting the Zoo quite often during the summer months and even more during the winter months. It is a great place to get some exercise and burn off that energy for the kiddos (Moms & Dads too.) I have found the crowds are smaller earlier in the morning and the animals are also more active at that same time. Did you know they have events going on weekly and on the weekends? You can plan your day by visiting their website and getting all the necessary information (events, hours, admission, etc.) FYI…if you decide to purchase a Minnesota Zoo membership you can receive $2 off admission to the Minnesota Children’s Museum. Look for a post about that coming soon!
I thought I would highlight some of our favorite things to do at the Zoo that don’t cost extra.
We often visit the Zoo on the first Monday of the month since it is Member Monday. What is member Monday you might ask? No large groups to contend with and discounts on food purchases with your membership card. Also members can ride the monorail for a just a buck and they have a free story time in the Bee Hive (10am, 11:30 and 1pm.)
We just recently visited the World of Birds Show. It was educational and at the same time we were able to watch birds of all kinds fly above our heads! Hawks and parrots that talk were just a few of the amazing birds in this show. Kids of all ages were having a great time as well as the parents. Don’t hesitate to raise your hand to volunteer! Shows are Monday-Friday at 11am and 1pm. On the weekends you can catch the shows at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Walk the Medtronic Minnesota Trail. Your first stop will be the lodge. Some of Minnesota’s favorite reptiles are featured at the head of the trail. Next stop is the actual waking trail. Make sure you bundle up, it can be quite chilly. We saw coyotes and wolves as well as beavers, otters and an eagle. If the bears are not hibernating you can check them out too.
If you feel like sticking inside and staying warm (really warm) then the Tropics Trail is the place to be. A winding path leads you from exhibit to exhibit where you can visit beautiful wildlife and various species. Gibbons, Lemurs, Macaws and Sloths are just a few to name.
You may have heard the dolphins have left the Zoo but have no fear Discovery Bay has so much more to discover. You can visit sharks and various rays and other marine life. Adults and children can actually touch the sea life in interactive pools. Make sure you wash those little kiddos hands afterwards!
So make sure to make a trek out to the Minnesota Zoo this weekend or put it on your calendar. Don’t forget your camera too! You will want to capture the wild animals and your kids in action.