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Great Plains Zoo to Host "Breakfast with Santa" This Weekend

The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History will host its annual holiday event, “Breakfast with Santa”, on Saturday, December 2 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event is free with Zoo membership or paid Zoo admission.


The Museum and Zoo have been transformed into a winter wonderland, with more than 25 decorated and themed trees. Children will meet Santa and his elves, listen to holiday music from both the Sioux Falls Children’s Choir and special Victorian carolers, enjoy a sweet breakfast treat from Flyboy Donuts, and make a fun seasonal craft. Parents are encouraged to take pictures of their children with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as other favorite costume characters, including the Snow Sisters. Families will also enjoy up-close animal encounters and can take part in winter-themed Zookeeper Chats with Reindeer, Snow Monkeys and Amur Tigers.


“No matter the season, the Great Plains Zoo is a source of family fun and connections to the natural world,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, President & CEO of the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. “The Zoo is open 361 days a year, and the winter months are a great time to explore the seasonal beauty of the Zoo and to visit our cool-weather loving creatures, like Reindeer and Snow Monkeys.”


“Breakfast with Santa” will take place inside the Delbridge Museum of Natural History except for the Zookeeper Chats which will take place on the Zoo’s grounds. The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit the Zoo online at, or call 605-367-7003 for more information about the Zoo and Museum.


About the Great Plains Zoo

The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of our natural world through education, conservation, recreation and discovery. The Great Plains Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) – a leader in wildlife conservation. Less than 10% of animal institutions in the United States have met the high standards for AZA accreditation.

  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor FSioux Falls
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

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    Joseph H
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. ¬†The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. ¬†Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

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