ROYAL OAK  (CBS Detroit)  – It may not be sandals and T-shirt weather, but that doesn’t mean you have to forego a day strolling at the Detroit Zoo.

The zoo at the intersection of I-696 and I-75 is open all winter, rain, shine, sleet or snow, which means you can experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in the wintertime and enjoy family-friendly adventures during Wild Winter weekends in January, February and March, 2013. The eighth annual series of winter events feature children’s music, zookeeper talks, games and crafts. All activities are free with regular zoo admission.

Special programs are as follows:

Wild Winter Arctic Adventure – Jan. 12 and 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Embrace the arctic chill of winter with arts and crafts and live performances. Watch ice carving demonstrations and learn about the Zoo’s arctic animals with enrichment activities and zookeeper talks.

Wild Winter African Adventure – Feb. 9 and 10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate Black History Month with an African drum lesson and listen to stories told by Kenyan naturalist and Detroit Zoo Education Specialist David Gakure. Enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, games and educational experiences.

Wild Winter Safari Social – March 9 and 10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Escape the winter “blahs” with hot drinks and cool treats. Ice cream and hot cocoa will be available for purchase at a discount. Animal arts and crafts, face painting, animal enrichment activities, zookeeper talks and a winter safari scavenger hunt add to the fun.

The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. The zoo is open 362 days a year, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October.

Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61, $12 for senior citizens 62 and older, and $9 for children 2 to 14 (children under 2 are free).


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