Archive for July, 2012

Visit Mesker Park Zoo &  Botanic Garden for some cool summer fun even when the temperatures are hot.  Explore your way through Amazonia, Indiana’s own indoor world class South American tropical rainforest and visit with the jaguars, howler monkeys, and several other animals.  The temperature in AMAZONIA is always in the low 70’s.  Stop by the Rainforest Grill and grab a frosty treat such as soft serve ice cream, frozen beverages, or a cold R.C. product to take with you while you enjoy trekking through destinations such as Africa and Asia.  Children will enjoy splashing in the Entry Plaza fountains in order to cool off in the summer sun.  There are also bumper boats and paddle boats to take out and enjoy on the water.   Both the Kley Building and Discovery Center are air conditioned and have exciting exhibits to enjoy while cooling down.  Don’t let the summer heat deter you from a cool Zoo adventure!


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Bring the kids to the Zoo for some old fashioned 4th of July family fun! Decorate a wagon or stroller and enter it in the Zoo’s 4th of July Wagon and Stroller Parade! Enter your stroller or wagon in either the Patriotic or Animal Themed category.  Be creative as you decorate your parade entry to compete for a first place prize of a Family Zoo Membership and a second place prize of four free Zoo tickets, to be awarded in each category.  If you wish to enter, please arrive at the Zoo at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4.  You will be given an entry number and the parade will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Participants will be led by members of the Boom Squad in a parade as a group to the paddleboat dock and stop on the Lake Victoria dam for judging.  Then, contestants will parade back to the Entry Plaza where prizes will be awarded.  There will be several great door prizes, including a large gift set from Toys to Treasure, Children’s Place gift cards, treats from Family video, and coupons for everyone from Lic’s Deli and Ice Cream and Gattitown!


Please note: One entry number will be given to each wagon or stroller.  There is no limit to the number of children in each wagon or stroller.  The prize of one Family Membership to Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden can either be used to purchase a Family Membership or renew an existing Family Membership, no exceptions.  The use of live animals, balloons, or any type of fireworks is prohibited on parade entries.  Zoo admission or valid zoo membership are required to enter the parade.  Please call (812) 435-6143 ext. 409 with any questions.

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