Black Friday is typically a day spent waiting in lines, rushing through stores, and trying to find a spot in a jammed parking lot. Avoid the chaos and connect with nature at the Minnesota Zoo. Turn Black Friday into Fun Friday and bring the whole family. Here’s five ways to make the most of your Black Friday this year:

  1. Visit the Minnesota Zoo!
    While some people spend the day waiting in lines at the store, get your entire family together and tap into the wonder and magic of nature. A visit to the Zoo is a great way to make memories during the Black Friday weekend. With hundreds of different animal species set along miles of indoor and outdoor trails, take time this holiday shopping season to experience the world at the Minnesota Zoo. Buy Tickets Today!
  2. Sign the Kids Up for a “School’s Out Black Friday Camp”
    When school is out, the Minnesota Zoo is IN! Give your kids a window to the natural world by signing up for a special, one-day camp session on Friday, November 29th. Preschool and kindergarten age children can learn about the many different types of frogs and toads with our special “Frog & Toad Go Hip & Hop” class. While children from grade one to three can learn about the many sounds and textures of animals in the wild during the fun “Animals in Action; Silly Senses – A New World” class. Learn more about these camps and register your children here:
  3. Come Meet Santa!
    Santa has arrived at the Minnesota Zoo! Enjoy a special afternoon with Santa on Friday, November 29 and each Saturday through December 21. Make sure to bring your camera and snap some photos, it’s the perfect setting for your holiday card and making great memories.
  4. Say “Hello” to Jingles the Reindeer and his Reindeer Friends
    Have you ever met a reindeer in person? Jingles the reindeer and  his friends will be around to say hello. Meet a reindeer zookeeper and enjoy a special Keeper Talk at 11am and 1pm in Celebration Plaza. You’ll learn some magical facts about these majestic creatures.
  5. Get your Stockings Stuffed
    Black Friday shopping can be hectic and tough. Take it easy at the Minnesota Zoo and give your friends and family the world by giving a gift membership or gift card to the Minnesota Zoo. If you are already a Minnesota Zoo member, enjoy the Members Shop-a-Thon Weekend (Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 9am – 11am). Members will enjoy 25% off all regular priced merchandise. Visit the Minnesota Zoo website to learn more: