Zoo's Santa's Safari mixes Claus, paws and learning

Zoo's Santa's Safari mixes Claus, paws and learning

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's no secret; children can get a bit wilder as Christmas draws nearer.

But taking them where the wild things are could offer both an attraction and a distraction.

This weekend and next, the Louisville Zoo's Santa Safari blends traditions with a little learning to balance out the snacks and Christmas cookies.

[OTHER NEWS: Bikers collect household essentials for homeless veterans]

"Keeps 'em busy," said Patty Pike, whose brood of fourteen includes her husband, their grown children and spouses and six grandchildren.

"They make ornaments, they get a treat -- it's just go, go, go," she said.

Safari includes a visit from Santa, cookies and story time from Mrs. Claus, caroling with Santa's helpers, and a learning journey through the Zoo with ten stops or Passport stations.

Sessions are held at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Sunday and on Dec. 19 and 20.

Tickets are $20.95 for adults and $11 for children, or $15.95 and $8.50 if your family has a Zoo membership.

For reservations, call (502) 459-2181 or go online.

Copyright 2015 WAVE 3 News. All rights reserved.