The Press Newspaper
Frozentoesen! means frosty family fun at the zoo
But the Toledo Zoo is offering an alternative to vegging out with a whole slate of wintertime fun – and discounts – at its Frozentoesen Winter Weekends throughout January and February.
The popular annual event includes half-price admission, animal feeding demonstrations, live performances and cool – make that really cool – family-friendly activities.
Presented by Mercy Children’s Hospital, the weekend events include Cabin Fever Feeds, which offer visitors a chance to watch some of their favorite zoo animals chow down, and ice-carving demonstrations each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Starting Jan. 15, an inflatable bounce house will be set up in the zoo’s Museum of Science, allowing kids to literally bounce off the walls and blow off some steam. Bounce houses will be open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in January and February. In addition, Nature’s Neighborhood will offer even more activities and animal encounters, and zoo visitors are invited to get in on the animal action with the new Jumpin’ Junction green screen studio.
A special variety of fun performances and activities is also planned each Saturday and Sunday beginning Jan. 15.
On Jan. 15, enjoy hands-on activities courtesy of the NASA Challenger Learning Center, including mini-rocket demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Museum of Science’s Great Hall. Puppeteer Joyce Davis will perform Jan. 15 and 16 at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Museum’s Indoor Theatre.
Magician Chris Clark will be on hand Jan. 22 and Jan. 23 to perform magic and puppet shows at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Museum’s Great Hall and Indoor Theatre.
On Jan. 29, the Toledo School for the Arts’ Urban Jazz Collective will perform at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Museum’s Indoor Theatre. TSA’s Afro Caribbean Dance and Drums will perform Jan. 30 at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the theatre.
All performances and activities are free with regular half-price admission.
Visit www.toledozoo.org/winter for a complete schedule of Frozentoesen activities. In addition to half-price admission in January and February, the zoo will also offer free admission to Lucas County residents from Saturday, Jan. 15 to Monday, Jan. 17 as well as special coupons offering further discounts throughout the year. The zoo will offer a similar Lucas County Appreciation Weekend over President’s Day weekend in February.
Throughout the year, Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. Identification showing proof of residency is required.
The Toledo Zoo, located on the Anthony Wayne Trail four miles south of downtown Toledo, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.toledozoo.org or call 419-385-4040.
January and February are a great time to dig the cool at Frozentozen, a celebration of winter at the Toledo Zoo. (Photo courtesy of the Toledo Zoo)