One of our favorite things to do over the summer is to hang out with our favorite animals. And one of our favorite places is the Milwaukee County Zoo, and this summer is the perfect time to visit. In fact, here are two great reasons to visit this zoo this summer — Brick Dinos and the new elephant home. Keep reading for more details!

RELATED: More Legos + animals? Check out Brookfield Zoo’s Brick Safari.

Disclosure: Complimentary tickets to Milwaukee County Zoo were provided for review purposes. All opinions are our own.

Our experience of Brick Dinos:

We made our way to the special exhibit building were so glad the exhibit was indoors since Mother Nature decided it was time for rain (again!) The kids couldn’t contain their excitement as they made their way through the exhibit identifying their brick dinos displayed. In no time at all, they finished perusing the 19 different displays as well as the 4 large displays (3 dinosaurs and 1 nest with dinosaur eggs)

2 Reasons you Need to Go to Milwaukee County Zoo this Summer: Brick Dinos and the New Elephant Home

2 Reasons you Need to Go to Milwaukee County Zoo this Summer: Brick Dinos and the New Elephant Home

After looking at the exhibit, there is a great interactive kids section. My brick-loving kids couldn’t wait to dive in. Kids can make their own dino scene with the provided bricks on the tables. Younger ones have access to Duplo bricks or the regular sized Lego bricks. There’s coloring tables, photo opportunities, and my kids favorite – a dino dig. While the kids are busy playing, they have a video shown of how they made some of the brick dinos for the exhibit. Really interesting!

2 Reasons you Need to Go to Milwaukee County Zoo this Summer: Brick Dinos and the New Elephant Home

2 Reasons you Need to Go to Milwaukee County Zoo this Summer: Brick Dinos and the New Elephant Home

2 Reasons you Need to Go to Milwaukee County Zoo this Summer: Brick Dinos and the New Elephant Home

Overall, the kids had a fun time looking at Brick Dinos! I’d recommend it if you have kids that LOVE Legos and dinosaurs. Plus, it’s only an extra $3/person. A definite win-win for the entire family.

New elephant home:

2 Reasons you Need to Go to Milwaukee County Zoo this Summer: Brick Dinos and the New Elephant Home

One of the reasons we flock to Milwaukee County Zoo is because of their elephants,  Ruth and Britanny, and we were excited to learn they now have a new home, Adventure Africa. In fact, the elephant enclosure is the largest single renovation to the Zoo since opening in 1961.   We were excited to check it out!

Spanning 1.6 acres, the new home is 4 times larger than their former home and now have room to roam. One of the new things they added was a feeding wall. On the keeper side of the wall, different enrichment items and food for the elephants are placed
for them to “work” to find. On our visit, we watched an elephant reach with its trunk through the hole and grab its food. Not only was it cool to see, but these types of enrichment activities allow the elephants to work for their food as well as problem solve. 

2 Reasons you Need to Go to Milwaukee County Zoo this Summer: Brick Dinos and the New Elephant Home

2 Reasons you Need to Go to Milwaukee County Zoo this Summer: Brick Dinos and the New Elephant Home

Keeper side of the wall with enrichment activities

We also perused the Elephant Care Center, a great place for the elephants to hang out with a recreation room with sand
and padded floors, and five individual stalls for training, enrichment and medical procedures. 

2 Reasons you Need to Go to Milwaukee County Zoo this Summer: Brick Dinos and the New Elephant Home

2 Reasons you Need to Go to Milwaukee County Zoo this Summer: Brick Dinos and the New Elephant Home

To learn more about the elephants, they now have an Animals-In-Action pavilion with visitor seating allows an up-close look at the daily of the elephants.

We loved watching the elephants roam around and enjoy their natural habitat. Especially when they were “playing” with a tree.

2 Reasons you Need to Go to Milwaukee County Zoo this Summer: Brick Dinos and the New Elephant Home

In addition to the elephant’s new home, the new updates include animals in the African Forest. Here you’ll find Other animals in the area include zebra, bongo, impala, yellow-backed duiker, and Kenyan crested guineafowl, African crowned cranes. We were definitely impressed with the changes and can’t wait to see what else is in store for the future!

 

Nitty Gritty:

Website:  http://www.milwaukeezoo.org
Location:  10001 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Otto Borchert Family Special Exhibits Building
When: Open until September 2, 2019
Ticket prices: Brick Dinos is $3/person. The new elephant exhibit is included with general admission. General zoo admission is $16.25 for adults and $13.25 for children ages 3-11 and seniors 65 and over. 
Parking: Parking is $12.
Stroller-friendly? Yes, feel free to bring the strollers and wagons to the zoo. 
Crowded: We visited on a busy Saturday afternoon at the zoo. Although there were a lot of people looking, there was a steady flow.