Get Wild this Winter at the Detroit Zoo

By: Toni Cunningham | January 6, 2014
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While we are currently being buried under piles of snow, that doesn’t mean you should spend all winter hidden away inside on the couch! If the animals at the Detroit Zoo can handle the cold, you can, too.

Over the next few months, the Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, will host Wild Winter at the Zoo, a series of fun activities that will allow you to experience the zoo during the chilly winter months.

All activities are free with zoo admission, take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and are located in the Ford Education Center. Events will be held the following weekends:

Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12


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Wild Winter Arctic Adventure will include ice carving demonstrations, an arts and crafts station, live entertainment and much more. It’s the perfect excuse to get out of the house this weekend following the snowed-in episode we’re currently experiencing. Plus, the temperature is supposed to jump to the high-thirties by Saturday, so it’ll feel downright balmy out.

Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9

Wild Winter African Adventure is this weekend’s theme, where you can take an African drum lesson, listen to a Kenyan storyteller, participate in arts and crafts, and enjoy live entertainment. You’ll want to bring your kids to this one, as it will be a great learning experience and a great family outing in one!

Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9

Wild Winter Safari Social will round out the Wild Winter at the Zoo series with arts and crafts, face painting, a scavenger hunt and more. Hot drinks and refreshments will be available for purchase. Bring the family this weekend to (hopefully) say goodbye to winter, and hello to the impending spring!

Throughout the winter, the Detroit Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission costs $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and children ages two to 14, and is free for children under two.

Experiencing the zoo during the winter is nothing like doing so in the spring or summer. Don’t miss out on everything the Detroit Zoo has to offer during the chilly months. Bundle up and get ready for a unique experience! Don’t forget your camera, either.