If you've been waiting for that family summer visit to the Great Plains Zoo (805 S. Kiwanis Avenue) here in Sioux Falls. This would be a great weekend to do it. Zippity Zoo Day is this Saturday! The annual summer children's carnival is going on from 9 AM to 3 PM and all the activities are free with paid zoo admission.

DJ Sieff will keep it lively with music all day, there will be all kinds of carnival games, face-painting, inflatables set up at locations throughout the zoo, and of course, a variety of food vendors will offer all sorts of savory and sweet goodies to tempt your tastebuds.

Along with all of the fun is a chance for your kids and you to learn a lot, about the more than 1,000 animals our wonderful zoo cares for.

See the "Creature Features" presentations on the zoo plaza at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Sit in on Zookeeper Chats about brown bears at the Fortress of the Bears exhibit at 11:30 AM, and another about Singing Dogs at 3 PM in the new summer Australian animals exhibit.

The Bookworms Reading Program will be in the Delbridge Museum area at 1 PM. The special animal feeding times are with Primates (2 PM at the Primate building) and with Penguins (2:30 PM at the Penguin exhibit).

For more information about this event, family memberships, special programs, and zoo camps, see Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum online, on Facebook or call 605-367-7003.