School’s out? Skip the daycare center or babysitter and send your child to spend the day at the Zoo!
Under the supervision of our education department, children will enjoy a mellow day of exploring the Zoo, playing games, and meeting some of our animals up close.
Who: Children (Grades 1 through 5)
What: A relaxing, yet structured day at the Zoo. Activities include: an animal encounter, Zoo tour, crafts, games, outdoor play, science experiment, and carousel rides.
Where: The Red River Zoo
All ZOOcation sessions run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
ZOOcation: Watch Your Step Trek
November 11, 2016
Animals come in all shapes and sizes and many of them are always leaving clues behind. Can you spot the difference between a wolf track and an otter track? What about deer scat and camel scat? Explore the differences between animals by participating in activities looking at their different shapes, crafting your own picture that will show an animals skeleton, conducting a science experiment to learn why larger tracks are better for some animals and more.
ZOOcation: Migration Trek
January 16, 2017
For this Zoocation we will learn about the animals that have gone on vacation. Migration is a very important trait for many animals to find food, survive the winter and choose areas to raise their young. Activities will be themed around animals that migrate on the savannah, in the ocean and even animals that are found around Fargo.We will also conduct experiments using oil and water. How animals use it naturally and what other effects it can have on them.
ZOOcation: A Frozen Trek
February 20, 2017
With winter season in full force, animals and people will have to deal with snow and ice. How do animals survive living outside when it is so cold? This Zoocation we will look at how animals survive the cold temperatures throughout the winter. Many fun activities are planned including an indoor snowball fight, designing your own winter animal dens, creating a walrus craft and learning about the different ways water freezes through some fun experiments.
ZOOcation: A Work Together Challenge Trek
March 17, 2017
Team work is always important even in the animal kingdom. Animals work together for many reasons such as finding food or keeping each other safe. We will explore how animals communicate through sound and other signals. Then we will put some of these methods to the test in some exciting activities that need us to work together as a team. Later, will explore how sound travels through some exciting experiments and we will learn how to make a “chicken in a cup”.
ZOOcation: A Swarming Bee Trek
April 14, 2017
Spring is back and with it many of our friendly pollinators. Bees, butterflies and even bats all help with spreading pollen around helping our flowers and our farms grow. Activities will include competing on teams to find pollen, scavenger hunts, observing live pollinators and pollinator BINGO. We will also explore what colors pollinators like the most by designing our own experiments to test outside. You will also be able to take home your very own bee condo, to attract bees to your gardens.
Cost Per Date: $40.00 per child for non-members / $35.00 per child for Zoo members
Registration: Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Children must bring a bag lunch.
Portions of the day will take place outdoors. Children should dress for outdoor play.
Children will be dropped off and picked up at the Red River Zoo admissions building.