Whether their favorite Zoo Dad is Boomer the orangutan, Mowgli the giraffe or Turk the clawless otter, fathers will feel like the king of the jungle when The Toledo Zoo celebrates Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18.
The Zoo has a number of activities planned to celebrate that special old fellow in your life. For starters, all fathers who visit the Zoo with their children receive free admission. Then, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Zoo will host an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet, featuring a man-sized array of grilled foods, side dishes and ice-cold beverages. The BBQ buffet is $11.50 for adults and $8.50 for children (2 –11 years) and seniors (60+ years). Zoo members receive $2 off the cost of the buffet when they show their membership card. The buffet takes place in the Nairobi Pavilion and has been known to fill up fast, so reservations are recommended. Call the Zoo at (419) 385-5721, ext. 3144 to reserve your place.
In addition, there will be a number of nifty games that kids and dads can play together, including a putting challenge and an inflatable basketball game. Combine that with all of the usual fun you expect from your Toledo Zoo, and you’ve got a Father’s Day to remember.
The Toledo Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is located on the Anthony Wayne Trail (US 25), four miles south of downtown Toledo. For more information, visit www.toledozoo.org or call 419-385-4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. ID showing proof of residency is required.