MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Planning a child’s birthday party can be difficult. There are only so many times you can eat pizza and play skee ball.

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So where did WCCO viewers pick as the Best Place for a Kid’s Birthday Party in Minnesota?

A place where it can be just as fun for parents and children alike — the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley.

Celebrating a birthday at the Minnesota Zoo has all the staples — arts and crafts, kid-friendly games, and cake.

But, there’s something else you just won’t find at other birthday destinations — nearly every animal under the sun.

With more than 500 species at the zoo, children are bound to learn something.

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“I think that the birthday parties are a really unique thing to do here in the Twin Cities because not only are you having fun … but you’re also learning something,” Tait said.

A presentation by a zoo educator is a part of every birthday party, which parents like, and children see it as a chance to hear more about their favorite animals.

From tuxedo-toting penguins, to big bears — there’s plenty to keep children engaged all day long.

And the zoo’s staff pitches in to take some of the pressure off Mom and Dad.

“It’s a great way for the parents to sit back, relax, and take pictures of their kids having a great time,” Tait said.

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