Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Spring at the Zoo

Spring brings beautiful flowers and greenery at the zoo. There's nothing better than a few hours in the great outdoors to bring a smile to any face.  I visited this week with my granddaughter and we had a great time looking at the animals, investigating flowerbeds, searching out noisy peacocks, and even having a few awkward moments as the animals got friendly during this mating season.
Showing off for the hen 

It's mating season

This is going to be a HUGE year filled with special activities as the Milwaukee County Zoo celebrates its 125th anniversary.  You'll want to follow along so you don't miss out on anything. It would be a great year to show your support by purchasing a membership, which can also be used at reciprocal zoos across the US. We've saved a bundle over the years by visiting zoos wherever we find ourselves, using the Milwaukee membership card.

Do you have a favorite animal? My granddaughter loves the orangoutangs and monkeys. I try to see the latest babies born.  You can find out what's newly born at the ZooBorns blog. Oh my! Be prepared for total cuteness when you look here!

Of course, if you bring a kid along, you must ride the carousel and train.  Older kids like the zip line and challenge course.  Additional fees apply. Some of the attractions and concessions aren't open full time yet. It's a good idea to bring a sack lunch if you visit now, though the cafe in the main entrance is open. The goats weren't outdoors in the Family Farm yet, but the playground with the super fun slides was in full use. Once you get here, expect to sit for awhile.



Spring workshops are being held now, but there are a slew of classes for all ages.  Check the list of classes at the education link, which includes the summer camp schedule. Zoo members get to register first and many classes and events sell out before opened to the public.

Hours and admission are listed on the Zoo website and vary by month. Milwaukee residents receive a discount when showing an ID card with a Milwaukee county address. Bring quarters for goat food and massage chairs.
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