Spotlight on Mothers
Mother’s Day Weekend includes family-friendly activities May 11-12

Celebrate Moms of All Species at the Zoo


Moms of all species — both human and animal — will be in the spotlight as the Indianapolis Zoo celebrates Mother’s Day Weekend with two days full of family-friendly activities on May 11-12.

The Zoo is home to many animal matriarchs, and guests can follow the clues in the Zoo-wide scavenger hunt to discover several of the newer moms along with interesting animal facts. For example, dolphin mothers nurse their babies while swimming underwater. Guests who finish the scavenger hunt can receive a special prize at the Zoo’s main gift shop.

The animal keeper chats will also get a mommy makeover, with an extended schedule of programs to highlight the mothers of the Zoo family. Guests can see lots of animals enjoying brightly colored enrichment throughout the day. Plus, visitors can read special love letters written by the Zoo’s animal care team to celebrate many matriarchs.

Human moms will be recognized too, beginning at the front gate where they will receive a “proud mom” sticker and a coupon for a free treat. The little ones can show their wild creativity to make a special Mother’s Day card craft. Plus, families can create memories with mom at two themed photo opportunities.

New moms may also want to check out the Nursing Mom’s Nest presented by Riley Children’s Hospital at Indiana University Health. Centrally located in Flights of Fancy, this private space offers a place for moms to breastfeed and care for their babies.

A visit to White River Gardens will be the perfect way for families to round out Mother’s Day Weekend. In addition to thousands of colorful blooms that are springing up in the outdoor gardens, Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group is back in the Hilbert Conservatory. With new butterflies emerging daily, guests can attend one of the scheduled releases to watch these wonderful winged insects take their first flight.

Mother’s Day Weekend activities are free for Zoo members and included with regular Zoo admission.

Giraffe mom and baby
Gibbon mom and baby
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