Grandparent’s Safari Weekend is September 11 & 12

Experience a world of fun this Grandparent’s Weekend at Como Zoo

SAINT PAUL, MN (August 25, 2010) – Take Grandma and Grandpa around the world this Grandparent’s Day at Como Zoo. On September 11 & 12 Como Park Zoo & Conservatory will celebrate National Grandparent’s Day with Safari themed weekend. Special activities and performances will welcome, educate, and entertain all ages, all weekend.

Travel throughout the zoo buildings with your special passport as you learn about Como’s animals and their different environments. Don’t miss the special activities that include a craft inspired by the Beads for Life program, interactive story time readings of “Giraffes Can’t Dance,” and a game that will take you around the world right in the lobby of the Visitor Center. The chefs of Zobata Café will be preparing special African dishes for the weekend.

The weekend also features a dance group from Kenya. The Eyieunoto Nabaya Maasai Warriors dance group performs around the world as part of the organization “Villages Make Over” which works to improve the living standards of Kenyan communities. Their narrated performances feature cultural song, dance, and drama, as well as bits of cultural wisdom and experience.

The impetus for a National Grandparent’s Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. She hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparent’s Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.