In honor of grandparents and the memories made with them, the San Francisco Zoo is giving grandparents everywhere the chance to be a kid again, as it celebrates National Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 12, 2010. Grandparents who present a photo of them with one or more of their grandchildren will receive FREE admission.
Earlier in the week the San Francisco Children’s Fiction Examiner suggested books to share with grandparents, parents, and children. Planning on visiting the San Francisco Zoo on Sunday with your grandparents or grandchildren? Here are some must-see family exhibits and animal groups.
The Family Farm Whether your family are from the city or from the country, there is nothing like getting up close and personal with the farm animals. Take part in feeding the animals, learning more about chickens and eggs in the Blue Barn, or help brush the livestock. Just watch out for road apples!
Jones Family Gorilla Preserve See what a primate family looks like and discuss how they are similar or different from your family. The Jones family consists of Oscar Jonesy, the silverback male; Bawang and her daughter, Nneka; female gorilla, Zura; and Monifa and her young son Hasani, born in December 2008.
Chilean Flamingos Three hatchlings were recently added to the flock; juvenile flamingos are grey in color and remain so for about two years. Perhaps visiting the flamingo exhibit, you will spy one of the new flamingo chicks peeking out from beneath the wing of their parent. Try standing on one leg the way flamingos do, it’s not easy to do.
Meerkats and Prairie Dogs These social mammals have a whole community set up that includes moms, dads, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Watch them for a while and see if any resemble your relatives!
Desert Tortoise This slow-moving reptile can live to be 80 years of age. 80 years is plenty of time to be a grandparent and even a great-grandparent. Tortoises are, however, not as attractive as human grandparents.
If you do visit the San Francisco Zoo on Sunday, September 12 in honor of Grandparents Day, here is some vital information to make it a great visit.
Hours on Sunday are 10 am to 5 pm. There will be no admittance after 4:30 pm.
Adults 15-64 $15.00
Seniors 65 and over $12.00
Children 4-14 $9.00
Children 3 and under Free
If you are a San Francisco resident and bring proof of residency:
Adults 15-64 $12.00
Seniors 65 and over $7.50
Children 4-14 $5.50
Children 3 and under Free
And remember… Grandparents who present a photo of them with one or more of their grandchildren will receive FREE admission on Sunday, September 12 only.