Warmer weather is finally on its way, and so is Spring Break! The first day of this lovely season is March 20, and everyone is looking forwards to seeing the uncharacteristically cold weather thaw. As visitors come out of winter hibernation, students are on break and looking for some fun!
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. It’s an Easter celebration– Easter weekend is fast approaching, and we’re hopping to it! So what can you expect to enjoy down at the zoo?
- Our Easter Eggstravaganza event is back and better than ever on March 30-31- featuring bunny races, photo ops, and sweet activities for all ages from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day. The buzz this year is all about pollinators, and honey, it’s FREE with admission.
- Slow down a busy long weekend with a classic Easter meal. Make sure to pre-purchase and reserve your spot for Sunday Safari Brunch to spend tasty, quality time with those you love. Check out or special menu online.
2. Tiger Training is back! As the Penguin Walk ends for the season on March 22, the classic daily 11 a.m. programming slot returns to crowd favourite Tiger Training. 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.
3. Travel back in time in our Prehistoric Park! The dinosaur haven re-opens for spring and summer on Friday, March 23, 2018. We’re letting the “lizards” loose, so don’t forget to follow in their tracks, and take a walk through the ancient wilds. Please note that the lower loop by the lagoon will be closed due to melting ice and snow- keep and eye out for it in the following weeks.
4. 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.
5. 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. What do hedgehogs eat? How does a snake shed it’s skin?
6. Catch a animal munching its lunch! Kids learn through up close encounters with wild animals, so the zoo is a perfect place to ponder. Ever wondered what a snow leopard looks like feasting on his daily meal? Check the daily Animal Feed schedule and make sure you’re right up front to watch nature’s top predators eat lunch.
7. Oh baby- Are your kids all about the ‘little’ animals? In the last year the Calgary Zoo has welcomed a red panda cub, and a frisky like zebra colt. Catch the first two roaming around in Eurasia and the African Savannah respectively, and then catch a peek of the youngest great ape in TransAlta Rainforest. We just celebrated Kimani’s 2nd birthday, and we know that this young gorilla is always exploring and playing in her habitat.
8. 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 Cleopatra during the 10:30 a.m. daily penguin Keeper Talk. She’s our youngest penguin, but due to her eating schedule and fabulous feathers, she’s also the biggest and fluffiest!
9. 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.
Visiting the hippos will make your jaw drop!
10. 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! We also suggest a wander in the wilds to visit the playful river otters in Cequel Energy Lodge.
There’s always something fun to do at the zoo, so that well deserved break!
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