Alaska Zoo Has Love In the Air

A howling good time at the Alaska Zoo. Visit this weekend and kids 0-17 receive FREE admission! Michael Mundt image.

Lovebirds, sweethearts and valentines of all ages are invited to the Alaska Zoo’s “Valentines for the Animals” on Saturday, Feb. 10 from noon – 3 p.m. To share the love, Saturday will also serve as the Alaska Zoo’s first Kids Free Day of the year, offering free entry to children ages 17 and under from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.with parental supervision.

The heart-filled celebration includes an “animal kisses” photo booth, festive animal enrichment sessions and other holiday activities. Visitors can find their fur-ever valentines as they craft cards for their favorite animal residents. During the event, guests can warm up with free hot coco from the Coffee Shop Greenhouse before delivering their valentines to the large envelopes at the animal habitats.

Crafting valentines for The Alaska Zoo’s residents. Image John Gomes/Alaska Zoo

“We love all our zoo residents, and it is fun to see the community share their admiration for the animals,” Alaska Zoo Executive Director Patrick Lampi said. “Families, couples and friends come together year after year for the cute but also educational Valentine’s activities.”

After the event is over, the zoo will open again at 6:30 p.m. and zoo goers can take advantage of the final few weeks of Zoo Lights. Another sweet deal for February is a discounted annual membership, which now includes admission to Zoo Lights. New members also receive a one-day guest pass to share with a friend for every additional $50 spent toward memberships.

Animal enrichment is a big part of Valentines For the Animals at The Alaska Zoo. John Gomes/Alaska Zoo

Through a combination of exciting and educational activities offered throughout the year, the Alaska Zoo is enriching the lives of its resident animals while sharing their stories with the community. Featured in the Anchorage Daily News 2017 “Best of Alaska Magazine,” the Alaska Zoo is grateful to readers who selected the zoo as the “#1 Outdoor Activity Center” and “#3 in Family Entertainment.”

With membership promotions, animal enrichments and annual events like “Valentines for the Animals”, the Alaska Zoo is committed to entertaining and educating the community throughout 2018 and beyond. Additional information about “Valentines for the Animals” is available at

Love is definitely everywhere, even at the Alpaca enclosure. Image by John Gomes/Alaska Zoo


The Alaska Zoo has a plethora of kid-friendly events happening this winter and spring. Check out their events calendar HERE

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