On Saturday, March 26, the zoo play area at Polaris Fashion Place will be crawling with more than kids.

The cushy animals that children climb on will be joined by real zoo animals as the folks from the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium invade the space!

There are also kid (and animal) friendly activities planned, plus the opportunity to win prizes. Favorite Columbus Zoo characters will be on hand, as well as presentations with real animals throughout the afternoon.

Then don't miss the Big Birthday Bash for the Columbus Zoo's favorite toddler. Beco isn't a “baby” anymore; the beloved elephant turns 2 this month!

The Zoo will host a birthday bash for Beco from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 27. Enjoy games and activities...and free birthday cake! For more information, go to the Zoo’s website.

-- Kristen Maetzold, contributing writer for Columbus Parent Magazine