Wild Winter Weekends at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak


Winter turns the air frigid, the ground slick and the sky gray. Yet, it’s still not enough to keep the animals at the Detroit Zoo from coming out to play. All families are invited to answer the call of the Wild Winter Weekends, coming Jan. 21 and Feb. 4, 2017.

The zoo is open 362 days a year, and winter is a wonderland for the animals that thrive on the temperature drop. The cold-loving gray foxes, wolverines, Japanese macaques, tigers, polar bears, arctic foxes, penguins and red pandas will all be out and about for the guests who choose to bundle up for a visit with them.

However, indoor exhibits for animals who enjoy their habitats comfortably climate-controlled will be available as well. Fans of the river otters, butterflies, frogs, apes, giraffes, and rhinos – you’re in luck!

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Wild Winter Weekends guests will join in the joy experienced by the 1,698,053 individuals who explored the 125-acre kingdom last year. 2016 marked the 11th year in which the zoo broke its all-time attendance record, and in 2017, they are excited to welcome even more through their doors.

The annual program’s events will take place on only two days this year, so don’t miss out on the action. Head on over to the Ford Education Center for presentations by zookeepers, games, crafts and children’s music from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days. As always, all Wild Winter Weekend activities are included with zoo admission: $14 for adults, $10 for children 2-14 and seniors 62-plus, and free for children 2 and under. Parking is $6 per car.

This year, Axis Music Academy students will make an appearance in the 4-D Theater. Local performers ages 6-16 will croon both cover songs and original music. Attendees who show up to jam out can pick up a free lesson pass, which can be used at all Axis Music Academy locations.

An optional perk for those age four and up, the zoo’s winter rink will also be open for slipping, sliding and gliding through the end of February. Skate rental is $7 for 25 minutes, but those who bring their own pair need only cash in $3.

Get the basic details on the Wild Winter Weekends at the Detroit Zoo in the Metro Parent calendar.

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Zoo/photographed by Roy Lewis.