Attended the Pumpkin Pazoola autumn celebration at the Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina, Ks. on Oct. 13. It was such a beautiful day and a perfect outing for the family. Many, many things for the kids to do, and a free pumpkin to boot. The staff and volunteers were great to all the kids, from 2-92, so helpful and accomodating. The only drawback, and it is to be expected at any place like this, is the food. They have the routine fare of hamburgers, french fries, hot dogs, soda, etc. Just very average "heat-lamp" food, at restaurant prices. Everything else about the zoo is good. It is clean, spacious, and the animals appear well cared for. You can walk the entire way to see the nice variety of species, or there is a tram for a small ticket price. Had a great day and will definitely go back. Included in the ticket price is a wonderful wildlife museum with dioramas from areas all around the world. Realistic animatronics and animal sounds make much of this area seem quite real. (In fact I saw one little toddler with her head in Daddy's neck and she did not want to look at the fierce animals.) In the museum, there is also a children's discovery room with hands-on activities for the kids and there is a small, domed theater with interesting features. Together the zoo and museum are a full day outing.
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