Springbrook’s annual Spring Fling welcomes season

Springbrook Nature Center’s annual Spring Fling April 12 saw 950 people stop by to welcome spring.

Zoe Crandall, 4, of Anoka, stares down Roger, a North American alligator. The gator felt “squishy,” Zoe said.

Zoe Crandall, 4, of Anoka, stares down Roger, a North American alligator. The gator felt “squishy,” Zoe said.

From noon to 4 p.m., families had the opportunity to hike two decorated nature trails, pose with costumed characters, feed animals and more.

Carnival games and an Egg Olympics kept kids active.

Little ones’ eyes lit up when they happened upon Alice in Wonderland, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider of “Tangled” fame and the “Giant Rabbit.”

Spring Lake Park Girl Scouts took turns dressing up as Rapunzel. Before the Spring Fling, working toward their Silver Award, the Girl Scouts donated 10 benches to Springbrook that they had built for guests to enjoy.

Once again, the Cock-a-Doodle Petting Zoo attracted many kids who wanted to pet, hold and feed the animals. Kangaroos and a North American alligator were favorites of the kids.

New this year, naturalist Rachael Kroog performed her show “Kid Power,” inviting children to join her up on the stage.

The Spring Fling has been an annual event at Springbrook for more than 25 years.

“I don’t know if we really did much to hearken the arrival of spring,” said Springbrook’s Executive Director Mike Maher, alluding to snow in the forecast after the celebration. They gave it their best shot, he said.

Olivia Koester is at olivia.koester@ecm-inc.com

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