The holidays can be an amazing time to spend with family and friends, especially those you might not see so often. Thanksgiving in particular is perhaps one of the most family oriented winter holidays that encourages people to get together. While having all of your loved ones in one place might be amazing, it can also get a little crowded. When everyone has an opinion, preference, and piece of advice and they’re all standing in your kitchen, it can become a little overwhelming. Since it’s Thanksgiving, most places you could send your family members away to for a few hours are also closed. So what’s a host to do in this situation? The answer is at the zoo.
That’s right, the Hogle Zoo is open for a special Thanksgiving event and your whole family is invited! While the turkey is in the oven, you and your family can come to hang out with the animals while they participate in their own holiday traditions. Feast with the Beast starts at 10 am and goes until the zoo closes at 2 pm. Everything is covered with the general admission ticket price, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Every half an hour there will be a special demo with a different species, involving the smashing and eating of giant pumpkins, turkey-shaped pinatas, and more! Giving animals different foods and objects to play with is called enrichment, and helps keep them entertained, curious, and happy. And watching the animals will keep your family entertained, curious, and happy too!
Some of the highlights of Feast with the Beast are the Elephant Pumpkin Stomp, the lion demo, and the keeper chats where you can chat with the zoo keepers and learn all about the animals they take care of. So when you start feeling overcrowded this Thanksgiving, head on over to the Hogle Zoo for some enriching holiday fun!
More information can be found at hoglezoo.org/upcoming-events/feast-with-the-beast-2/.