Lil’ Explorer Thursdays return! FREE program from 10:00AM-noon each Thursday from September through April 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 Schedule

December 21, 2017 – Animals in Winter

December 28, 2017 – Under the Sea

January 4- Fun With Fish

January 11- Busy Bugs

January 18- Bird Buddies

January 25- Fantastic Frogs

February 1- Animal Families

February 8- Reptile Rock N Roll

February 15- Jr. Zoo Keeper

February 22- Animals in Winter

March 1- Furry Friends

March 8- Down on the Farm

March 15- Jr. Gardener

March 22- Under the Sea

April 5- Diggin’ Dinos

April 12- Teddy Bear Picnic

April 19- Night Time

April 26- Fancy Flowers



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.