44Busy grueling schedules make it quite difficult to spend quality time with family on a daily basis. That is the reason not only children, but also adults crave for fun-filled weekends and not just the usual sedentary activities like watering the garden, doing the laundry, cleaning the house etc. With children it is necessary to plan out weekends with the kind of activities which they would have fun doing. Parents are always on a look out on places where their kid would have a gala time.

The places where you could take your kids too can be many for e.g. gardens, amusement parks, zoo, planetariums, aquariums, malls with children play area, etc. Although there are many such places but Central Park is one place where you would find such great attractions.

About Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo was built in 1984 in New York City by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Rather than getting built we can say that it was transformed into a state of the art facility. This zoo is a home to animals hailing from different parts of the world.

The Attractions

Be it an animal from the tropical land or from the Polar region, the zoo is equipped with animals belonging to different climatic zones. Isn’t it great that the children can see animals from places they might hardly ever visit?

The Sea Lion Pool

One of the main attractions of this zoo is the sea lion pool. This pool has glass sides featured over its circumference. This feature makes it possible for the visitor to see these mammals spiraling, gliding and doing various acts under water. These carnivorous animals also have set feeding times. As and when these mammals are fed, they are also made to perform some special tricks, which are a pleasure to watch.

Polar Animals

Polar Animals like Polar Bear and Penguins also are quite fascinating. These are the favorites among children. They have recreated a polar region in the zoo for these animals to survive and grow in.

Tisch Children’s Zoo

This one is the newest and latest addition to the zoo. Toddlers find this section quite interesting. What fascinates them here is that they get to be near domestic animals like sheep, cows, goats, pigs etc. They are even allowed to feed these animals which make their visit even more enjoyable. One must also consider using a baby carrier if they are with their kids as it makes carrying the baby in the zoo comfortable.

The Enchanted Forest

Well the name itself sounds interesting, doesn’t it? It is one enchanting set up where even adults would want to be kids. It is a complete natural set up, with primeval oak tress artistically created along with acorns and a huge spider. Live turtles, frogs, birds could be seen habituating themselves in the central aviary. There is a special of two theaters inside the premises of Central park Zoo in New York. They are exclusively meant for children. These theaters have daily live shows running for kids and children.

The George Delacorte Musical Clock

The George Delacorte Musical Clock is a masterpiece that can leave anyone enchanted behind. This magnificent piece has been built on a triple archway of brick. It is located between the main zoo and the children’s zoo. Placed on the north side of the arches are the Honey Bear and a Dancing Goat bronze sculptures by Frederick G.R. Roth dating back to 1935.The fascinating features are that since the start of the day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm one of the 44 tunes can be heard playing. Gliding along the base of the clock one can see a hippopotamus with violin, a goat with pan pipes, a bear with tambourine, kangaroo and offspring with horns and a penguin on the drums. What all the visitors wait to see on the hour is two monkeys appearing on the top of the clock and striking the bell.

Facilities

The Central Park zoo is a convenient place to visit even with infants. There are enough of restrooms available at the park. The charges to use these restrooms are included in the ticket one would be purchasing for admission .The Park also has a café to relinquish your taste-buds. Apart from this there is also a gift shop to take back the wonderful memories in the form of tokens, photo frames, key chains, etc… of this place. To rest and relax, visitors can find lush green gardens with benches. There are also service centers set up to assist those who need help at any given point of time while they are in the park.

With all these fascinating things to see and experience one is sure to have that fun filled quality time with family and loved ones.