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May 7, 2014

Indy Zoo plans special Mother's Day weekend

The Indianapolis Zoo will celebrate mothers — two-legged, four-legged, finned and flippered — during the third annual Mother’s Day Weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10 and 11..

Instead of just one day, the zoo will honor mothers all weekend with activities, special offers, Mother’s Day-themed animal chats and more.

The Mother’s Day recognitions will start with a special “proud mom” sticker that all human mothers will get as they enter the zoo. They can also receive a free Mother’s Day cupcake at Café on the Commons.

Everyone can get in on the fun of the zoo-wide scavenger hunt. Adventure seekers can follow the clues to discover several zoo mothers along with interesting animal facts during their hunt, like the fact that an elephant carries her calf for 22 months before giving birth. Those who complete the scavenger hunt will receive a special gift in the White River Gardens Gift Shop.

Even the animal keepers’ chats will get a mommy makeover, with stories and information about the matriarchs of the zoo family.

New mothers will also want to check out the Nursing Mom’s Nest presented by Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Centrally located in Encounters, this space offers a private place for mothers to care for and breastfeed their babies.

To help mothers remember their special day, guests can snap photos at the Mother’s Day photo ops located throughout the zoo. Little ones can also show their love for the women in their lives before and after their zoo visit by completing the Mother’s Day coloring sheets available on the zoo’s website.

Mother’s Day Weekend activities are free for zoo members and included with regular zoo admission. Guests are encouraged to save time and money on their zoo visit by purchasing tickets online at IndianapolisZoo.com.

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