Zooimagination Station reopens, and other freebies at the zoo (Sept. 3 and thereafter)

September 2, 2008

If you’re a regular at the Saint Louis Zoo, you no doubt already know why tomorrow (Sept. 3) is a momentous day there: Zooimagination Station reopens in a new location (the upper level of the Living World) with free admission. It’s a discovery room for kids under age 9 (although all ages are welcome) with exhibits on habitats, animal care and general science — think footprints, feathers and food gathering. Kids age 2-5 will probably like it the most, although there’s a designated area for babies and young toddlers to frolic too.

Early birds get the worm in this case, because 45-minute tickets are issued at the entrance from 9 a.m. on. Admission is limited to 40 people at a time, and each over-18 caregiver may bring no more than four children. It’s open the same hours as the zoo; no advance reservations are accepted.

If you show up and there’s already a wait, keep in mind that from 9 to 10 a.m., the zoo has lots of free activities, including the special Dinoroarus exhibit (until Sept. 30), the children’s zoo and the Conservation Carousel.

And two more bonus did-you-knows about the zoo: There’s a free walking group that meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 7 a.m. at The Living World. And there’s a great Science Seminar Series presentation coming up on Sept. 24: “The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World” by author and photographer Steven Kazlowski. If you’ve been keeping up with the latest reports of the vanishing sea ice in the Arctic, this is a presentation you’ll want to attend. It’s at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free. For details, call 314.646.4544.


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