Hello, Spring: Farm Babies at the Minnesota Zoo

Did you know that a baby bunny is called a kit, and that its mother (the dam) usually has a litter of five or six? Did you know that Cottontail is an actual species—and one native to Minnesota?

See just how adorable they are during the Farm Babies exhibit (April 1-30) at the Wells Fargo Family Farm, one of the several outdoor trails at the Minnesota Zoo. Hopping chicks, squirmy piglets, rambunctious kids (we mean young goats, not yours), fluffy lambs and wide-eyed calves will help us all give spring a proper welcome.

In addition to learning all about those newborn cuties, get lost in a Hay Maze, watch a live cow milking in the Dairy Barn, hop in a pen to brush and feed goats (bring quarters!), and take a moment to appreciate Duke and Prince, dreamy off-white horse siblings of the endangered American Cream species. Families can enjoy crafts in the Granary Classroom from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (April 3 & 4), and meet Peter Rabbit himself 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (April 4). Interested in beekeeping? Minnesota Bee Squad will teach us the importance of bees and how pollination works, and you even get to see a live hive (April 18 & 19).

There’s certainly enough to do at the farm, but if you wanted to explore the zoo’s other outdoor trails, check out Russia’s Grizzly Coast, the Northern Trail, or the Minnesota Trail. If weather isn’t ideal, the Tropics Trail is warm and filled with exciting species, including an enormous tropical reef. Before you leave the zoo though, make sure to take a ride on the new Conservation Carousel, which opens for the season on April 1.

Want to get in for free? A household membership to the zoo is up for grabs if your kids want to participate in a coloring contest. Print this, jazz it up however you like, and mail it to the address on the bottom of the page.