Family Fun: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Spring Checklist

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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 starting with the main photo and then moving clockwise:

  • 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 welcomed Kemala, a Sumatran orangutan, on January 7.
  • Como’s Lil Explorer Thursdays program, featuring free weekly themed hands-on activities for preschoolers, runs through April 30.
  • Storytime is offered for kids at noon every day in the Visitor Center.


  • 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 new(ish) Ordway Gardens wing lets kids design their own Japanese garden.
  • My techie insists on stopping to pot and trim his own virtual bonsai tree – also in the Ordway Gardens wing.
  • 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.

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.


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