Wee Windy City Winter Survival Guide: FREEze Day at the Brookfield Zoo

Wee Windy City Winter Survival Guide: FREEze Day at the Brookfield Zoo

Head to the zoo in the dead of winter to freeze your a** off? Why not! Part of my strategy for surviving a Chicago winter (and admittedly, this winter has been particularly brutal) is to embrace the fun outdoor winter activities in the area. Bundle up! You'll survive. Dig out the snow pants and ski goggles and get out there! You've been home for like two consecutive weeks any way at this point. The fresh air will be good for you!

Families are invited to bundle up and head to Brookfield Zoo for its annual FREEze Day on Sunday, February 9. The free admission day will feature fun-filled outdoor activities for the entire family.

Winter enthusiasts can join members of the Green Valley Dog Drivers and their four-legged friends (how cute are these guys?) as they demonstrate dog sledding on the zoo’s West Mall from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Lemont-based organization will also engage guests in games and musher talks with their canine teams.

In addition, guests can learn about some of the zoo’s animals during special Zoo Chats. At 11:00 a.m. they can get an update on the Mexican gray wolf pack at the Regenstein Wolf Woods exhibit as well as the reintroduction program for the species. Zookeepers will bring a red-tailed hawk to the West Mall at 1:00 p.m., where zoogoers can learn about this bird of prey that is native to the Chicagoland area. And, then at 2:30 p.m., guests can discover some interesting facts about the African painted dogs at Habitat Africa! The Savannah.

Throughout February, admission to Brookfield Zoo is free on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. A $10 parking fee still applies. For further information, visit www.CZS.org.

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