Family Fun: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Spring Checklist

Kids playing at the edge of s stream in Como Park, St. Paul, MN. Text says: "Como Park: Spring Checklist. Family Fun Twin Cities"

I forget every year how a trip to the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory instantly lifts my spirits in those first few fickle weeks of spring in Minnesota. I’ve spent some time both indoors and out lately at Como and had my kiddos come up with the top ten things you should be sure to see at Como if you’re craving some spring. The pictures correspond to the bullets of the Spring Checklist starting with the main photo and then moving clockwise:

Collage of family fun at Como Zoo in Spring.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Spring Checklist

  • The Spring Flower Show in the Conservatory’s Sunken Garden is a beautiful blast of color and the blooms instantly transport you to gardening season.
  • Sitting at the fishpond in the humid North Garden is almost like being up north at the lake cabin, right?
  • Springtime means babies! Como Zoo is often welcoming them. Keep a watch on their social media channels for updates.
  • Como’s Lil Explorer Thursdays program, featuring free weekly themed hands-on activities for preschoolers, runs throughout the year, but can be more fun without the big kids.
Collage of children Playing in the Leonard Wilkening Children's Gallery at Como Zoo, Saint Paul, MN
Leonard Wilkening Children's Gallery
  • The children’s exhibit room is always a must-stop. The preschooler loves to play zookeeper and even the 9-year-old still likes to work the water cycle (but don’t tell him I told you).
  • The Ordway Gardens wing lets kids design their own Japanese garden.
  • The wildlife is increasingly out and about in the spring! And if it’s a gusty day, the buildings are heated and have great viewing windows.
  • If you’re lucky, you might catch the fish feeding in the Tropical Encounters exhibit. We arrived around 11:15.
  • Cafesjian’s Carousel starts to spin May 1. Tickets are $3/pp or visit on one of the free ride days.
  • Como Town Amusement Park opens May 20 with rides and attractions perfect for the 12-and-under crowd.

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