Kids are invited to bring their favorite stuffed toy of any species to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Saturday, September 24 to celebrate Teddy Bear Day. Kids younger than 12 who bring a plush pal will receive free admission to the Zoo with a paid adult admission.
Once you're inside the Zoo, bring your fuzzy friend to the Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine for a check-up with an official teddy bear doctor. All patients will receive a �Beary� Good Health Certificate (and most likely a hug too).
Bears have been a significant part of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for many years, and it's one of the few zoos in the country where you can see six of the eight species of bear, including North American black bear, Malayan sun bear, polar bear, grizzly bear, Andean bear and sloth bear. There will be chances to hear more about how the Zoo takes care of its bears during Meet-the-Keeper sessions, and of course see the new grizzly bear cubs in Northern Trek.
There also will be a teddy bear parade, face painting, animal encounters, Radio Disney and much more.
At the Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital Safety Zone, children will learn about how to stay safe from poison and germs and how to avoid injuries while riding in a car or on a bike.
Teddy Bear Day activities begin at 10 a.m. at the Steffee Center and a full schedule will be available at clemetzoo.com in September.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with hours extended to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is $11 per person, $8 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.
To learn more, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.