Make it a dino-sized Father’s Day with half-price admission to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

5/15/2013, 8:46 a.m.

Round up the special dad, papa, father, daddy or pop in your life for a day out at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and treat him to half-price admission on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., when tickets for all dads will be just $6.25.

There will be plenty of opportunities to make family memories with dad, including a display of heavy equipment near the African Savanna, chances to Meet the Keepers, giraffe feedings, camel rides, Professor Wylde’s Live Animal Show and lots of animal dads to visit like Tyram the orangutan and Bulkee the koala.

Bring your aluminum cans to the Zoo on Father’s Day for a special Cans for Conservation drive to benefit slow loris conservation efforts in Southeast Asia. Later in the day, all the cans that have been collected so far will be crushed with a steamroller near the Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine.

Then take your dad on a trip back in time to the prehistoric age with a walk through the seasonal Dinosaurs! exhibit where 21-animatronic dinosaurs lurk on the shores of Waterfowl Lake.

And remember, no matter what you call your dad, just don’t call him old enough to remember when dinosaurs were alive. At least until after Father’s Day.

Northeast Ohio’s most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with hours extended to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is $12.25 per person, $8.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Admission to Dinosaurs! is just $3.50 per person with regular Zoo admission or $2 per person for Zoo members. Admission is free for children younger than 2. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.