ROYAL OAK (WWJ) – The Detroit Zoo is giving kids and parents more time to go “wild” before the school bell rings by extending Labor Day Weekend hours.

This weekend, the zoo will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Labor Day, the zoo will close at 5 p.m.

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The Zoo’s paid attractions will remain open late this weekend as well, including the Tauber Family Railroad and the Carousel. Visitors can also experience the Wild Adventure Zone – featuring “Happy Feet: Mumble’s Wild Ride” at the Simulator Ride and “Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” alternating with “Great Escapes: Life in 4-D” at the 4-D Theater.

Extra hours also means extra time to check out the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Ford Education Center, featuring 100 spectacular images from the world’s largest and most prestigious wildlife photography competition. The exhibition runs through Sept. 8 and is free with zoo admission.

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With the ZooMORE discounted ticket package for rides and attractions, visitors can experience the 4-D Theater, Simulator Ride, Tauber Family Railroad and Carousel – or any combination – for $12 per person in addition to zoo admission.

Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at the intersection of 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, just off I-696, in Royal Oak.

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For more information, call 248-541-5717 or visit