Lil’ Explorer Thursdays return! FREE program from 10:00AM-noon each Thursday  in the Visitor Center. Perfect for the 1-3 year old to meet animal and plant visitors, see story time, play games and many other fun activities. Different theme each week!


 2018 Spring and Summer Schedule

April 26- Fancy Flowers

May 3 – Gorgeous Gorillas

May 10-  Plenty of Penguins

May 17- Limber Lions & Tigers

May 24- Flourishing Flowers

May 31- Playful Polar Bears

June 7- Fun with Fruits

June 14-Outstanding Orangutans

June 21- Glorious Giraffes

June 28- Fluting Flamingos and Friends

July 5- Plenty of Penguins

July 12- Flourishing Flowers

July 19- Limber Lions & Tigers

July 26- Gorgeous Gorillas

August 2- Playful Polar Bears

August 9Fun with Fruits

August 16- Outstanding Orangutans

August 23- Glorious Giraffes

August 30- Fluting Flamingos and Friends


This program was funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.

A website was also created by the Minnesota Legislature to help citizens monitor how funds from the Legacy Amendment are being used. On the Minnesota’s Legacy: watch the progress website you can see how funds are being invested across the state.