Families enjoyed the sun and warm temperatures Saturday at Lake Superior Zoo’s Easter EGG-stravaganza.
When the zoo opened at 10 a.m., it was already 60 degrees, and there was a long line waiting at the front door. More than 1,000 people attended the event, where children were able to get their faces painted, hunt for eggs, play with bubbles, take a train ride and look at all the animals the zoo had to offer.
They even had a chance to touch a bearded dragon that a zoo volunteer described as “designed to look spooky,” to which a child responded by saying, “That’s cool.”
Dawn Wiles drove up from Maple Grove with her daughter and others for the event.
“We planned a girls trip around it and got a hotel for the night,” she said. “So we came (to the zoo) and are going to check out Gooseberry Falls.”
Haley Hedstrom, director of marketing and development at the zoo, said Saturday is the best weather they’ve had for the Egg-stravaganza since 2011.
“Some years we’ve still had snow on the ground,” Hedstrom said.
She said attendance has ranged from 700 to 1,700 people in years past, and that it just depends on the weather. This year the prospect of warm weather boosted online ticket sales with an increase of 300 percent over last year’s sales.
“Besides Boo at the Zoo, this is one of our biggest events,” Hedstrom said.