Meet TV stars and zoo animals at AAA travel expo

Children can meet animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, play games and meet a naturalist at an upcoming travel show.

The Great Vacations Travel Expo, presented by AAA, will hold Kids Day on Jan. 20. Zoo animals will take the stage at 11 a.m., followed at noon by Darley Newman, from “Travels with Darley” on PBS.

The event, which features various activities, presentations and entertainment along with travel information, is bringing back TV adventurer Josh Gates to talk about his trips and sign autographs. He stars on the Travel Channel’s “Expedition Unknown with Josh Gates.”

The expo takes place Jan. 19-21 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 20 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21. Tickets are $8, free for ages 16 and younger.  For more information, go to aaagreatvacations.com.