We’ve been members of the Minnesota Zoo for a few years, it’s a great place to go with little ones – especially when those little ones are obsessed with animals, like mine. We were excited to hear about the new 3M Penguins of the African Coast Exhibit that opened last month. In fact, we went opening weekend to be among the first to see the penguins.
Here’s a picture of the exhibit – There is one giant window where you can see the penguins on land or swimming in the water. On the left you’ll see large rocks where children can climb up to get face to face with the penguins. It was the most popular place of the exhibit and my kiddos loved climbing on there.
The kids could get pretty close to the swimming penguins, too, like this little girl I captured. And look at the face of the little girl behind her – penguins are fun to watch!
I was really happy to see a volunteer sitting near the exhibit, teaching about the penguins. My kids love learning about the animals and will quote facts and figures about them months later! Here the Zoo volunteer was showing them a penguin skull and explaining how the beak is part of the skull. She also had penguin feathers and other specimens to share.
In addition to the penguin exhibit, I was happy to see many other construction projects finished up at the Zoo – they unveiled this new “soft play” indoor area called the Beehive. It was a nice, quiet place for us to take a time out and potty break. Hint: there’s a small, private family bathroom in this area that even has a pre-schooler sized toilet! If you haven’t been there in awhile, you’ll also notice the new main entrance and outdoor signs. It’s obvious they’ve been working hard to make the Zoo a great experience for families.
And the PR and marketing folks have been busy, too – I just love the campaign they developed around the new penguin exhibit! Here’s one of the ads, focused on getting kids involved in waddling… very fun! They also sent me a press kit with pictures and 4 free admission passes to the zoo. Of course I had already been there and was going to write about it anyways… but I’ve used a few of their pics and I’m going to give those 4 passes away to one of you.
Simply leave a comment here letting me know if you’d like to go check out the penguin exhibit and I’ll draw a person at random on Wednesday evening. I’ll send you a note if you are the winner.Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for this post, other than the press kit which had a few nominal gift items and the four passes. I am a big supporter of the MN Zoo and give them a lot of $ each year, especially the gift shop, to feed my kids stuffed animal addiction. And the latte counter where they serve Caribou coffee… to serve MY addiction.
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