Spring has sprung in Calgary- and so has Spring Break! The first day of this lovely season was March 21, which means it’s that time of year where #yyc weather will begin to warm, and students are looking for some fun during their time off.
If you’re searching for a unique outing and want to try out some engaging attractions during this time with your kids, look no further than the Calgary Zoo.
We’ve got the fun (and the variety) to keep your family entertained this spring break.
Spring break the right way at the Calgary Zoo! Here are your top ten tips:
1. Vote for Canada’s Greatest Animal! We’re celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday with a fun contest- we want Canadians to crown Canada’s Greatest Animal and represent Canuck wildlife! Would you vote for goat, or the leader of the pack? Visit Campaign Headquarters in Canadian Wilds (Cequel Lodge) to vote and enjoy brand new free activities, energetic original programming, delicious treats, and an incredible member contest! You can even vote online– don’t forget to post on social media with #GreatestCdnAnimal.
2. Oh baby- Are your kids all about the baby mammals? In the last year the Calgary Zoo has welcomed a giraffe calf (currently standing at over 9 feet, Moshi is a BIG deal!), red panda cub twins , and a one-year-old baby gorilla named Kimani. Catch the first two roaming around in the African Savannah and Eurasia respectively, and then catch a peek of the newest great ape in TransAlta Rainforest. We just celebrated Kimani’s birthday, and we know that this young gorilla is always exploring and playing in her habitat.
3. Catch a carnivore feed! The zoo is a place where kids learn through up close encounters with wild animals. Ever wondered what a lion looks like feasting on his daily meal? Check the daily feed schedule and make sure you’re right up front to watch nature’s top predators eat lunch.
4. Spot the wookie! No, we don’t have any Star Wars characters on grounds, but we do have one fluffy king penguin chick. When you’re visiting the popular Penguin Plunge building, don’t forget to keep an eye out for Edward. He’s our youngest penguin, but due to his eating schedule and fabulous feathers, he’s also the biggest, heaviest and fluffiest!
5. Prehistoric Park has re-opened for the season! We’re letting these “lizards” loose, so don’t forget to follow in their tracks, and take a walk through the ancient wilds.
6. Sometimes hands on learning is best! Take a minute to experience one of our daily Creature Features, a program where the wee ones can view and meet a small animal up close. These intimate sessions are a great way to spark that animal love and ask a keeper those one on one burning questions. How does a snake shed it’s skin? What do hedgehogs eat?
7. It’s time for some tigers! Stop by the daily Tiger Training at 11 a.m. and watch our zookeeper put a tiger through its paces. In order to make sure our vets can work with the big kitties, these strong mammals listen to keeper direction- in return for some yummy treats. Have you ever seen a tiger stretch to it’s full height? You will during this program!
8. Don’t miss seeing our hippos in their indoor pool — whether they’re munching on lunch with their powerful jaws, or going for a swim, you can find them inside of Destination Africa.
9. So cute we can hardly bear it! The grizzly and black bears are coming out in Canadian Wilds, as they’ve started to wake from their winter sleep. Tip: our littlest black bears love to climb the biggest tree in their habitat. Keep an eye out for a bear on a mission!
10. Need to refuel? Stop by Kitamba Cafe and grab a warm meal, or take a break by sipping a hot beverage from Kitamba Java or one of our other food outlets. We feature vegetarian friendly, locally sourced, and gluten free foods so everyone can leave satisfied. Not only that, but we have recently been certified 100% Ocean Wise, and Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Foodservice (LEAF) certified! You can feel good about eating at the Calgary Zoo.
There’s always something fun to do at the zoo, so spring to that well deserved break!
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