Valentine’s Day falls on Feb. 14 for humans each year, but the Alaska Zoo is holding a special event for animals this Saturday. Beginning at 10 a.m. the zoo will begin Valentines for the Animals. The event runs until 4 p.m.
The zoo will have stations set up for kids to make Valentine’s cards for their favorite animals and places for kids to drop them off at each habitat. There will also be hot chocolate, scavenger hunts and some special superhero guests visiting the zoo.
Animals will also be given special snacks. The zoo’s polar bears, Cranbeary and Lyutyik, will likely be given heart-shaped frozen treats for the holiday.
Zoo officials say Valentines for the Animals has been popular in the past, so they decided to hold the event again.
“I believe our volunteer coordinator Heather Doncaster came up with the idea years ago and just wanted to do a nice sharing the love event,” says Angelica Evans, the zoo’s enrichment coordinator. “So we just started it and kept going with it because it was so popular and so fun.”
Kids 17 and under will be able to get in free all day Saturday.
Valentine’s for the Animals isn’t the only event at the Alaska Zoo. Zoo Lights is still underway until March 3 from Thursdays to Sundays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
There’s also Five Dollar Fridays for the rest of February.