Do you like animals? When was the last time you visited the zoo? I mean really visited the zoo. Packed a lunch and sunscreen or a warm hat and gloves as the case may be right now, and squeezed the entire family into the SUV and decided to spend a day at the zoo?
If you are a zoo member you may do this often. If you are not a zoo member, then what are you waiting for?
How many times have you found yourself on a weekend or day off with a houseful of energetic kids and/or adults who all want to do something but you’re not able to find one thing in common that they all would enjoy? Family outings can be very costly. If only there was a place where you could pay once and go as often as you like? Well, there is! Really, you could pay just once and visit the zoo each and every day if you wanted.
The Zoological Society of Manitoba is proud to have over 10,000 zoo members who enjoy visiting the zoo every chance they get for one very low price.
Did you know that a family membership for two adults and up to five children living in the same household is only $84.00, taxes included? That is less than .25 cents a day. Wow! As a mother, I can honestly say that there are very few places in the city that I can pay for once and take my children to every day of the year if I wanted.
As a Zoo Society member, not only can you take the family for as many visits to the zoo in a year as you can fit in, but you also get great discounts on purchases at the Animal Tracks Café and Zoo Gift Shop. If your kids are anything like mine, they will love the experience of attending our Spring and Summer Zoo Camps. As a member you also get a great discount on Zoo camp registration. Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of being a zoo member, (aside from watching the animals and keeping tabs on their crazy antics, new zoo babies and arrivals of new animals throughout the year), is receiving your complimentary Safeway Boo at the Zoo tickets in September before they go on sale to the public!
Safeway Boo at the Zoo is our largest and most amazingly fun family, hair- raising fund-raising event held in October each year. Our members love to attend Boo and take part in all the spooktacular rides and interactive and specially-themed walk-throughs.
We hold our Annual General Meeting at the Animal Tracks Café in June and all Zoo Society members are invited to join our staff and Board of Directors for a fantastic BBQ where you can find out all about what’s new at the zoo. It is also a great opportunity to meet with everyone and ask questions or even discuss becoming more involved with the Society with some of our many volunteering opportunities. The best part of this special members’ appreciation night is a meet and greet with some of your favorite zoo keepers and zoo animals.
So, next time the family is looking for something to do – think ZOO! Visit us at the Zoo Gift shop or call me, Tricialynn, at 982 0664 to discuss becoming a zoo member. It’s a zooriffic way to spend time with your family and enjoy your favorite animals.
See you at the zoo!
By, Tricialynn Zacharias, Zoological Society of Manitoba