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Moms Free at the Zoo

How many times has she told you? Life with you kids is like living in a $%*&@ zoo! Today, you can finally prove to Mom that your home life was tame — at least compared to the elephants, lions, and monkeys living it up in the real zoo. Not only can human mothers visit for free today, but they can commiserate with moms of other species, including Mama Tamarin, who is raising two babies in the Rainforest, and Mama Koala, who is caring for her joey in the Australian Adventure. Other free-for-Mom attractions include a photo booth, live entertainment from 1 to 2 p.m. by the Tam Tam Magic Drummers, and a special display about what elephants eat for dinner. (We're betting it's not Kraft macaroni & cheese.) Of course, if you want to spend $23 on your giver of life, you can always start her day with brunch in the Rainforest; doors open at 8 a.m., and the buffet — complete with omelets, bacon, fruit, waffles, and more — begins at 8:30 a.m. (Kids 3 to 11 eat for $19; those under 3 eat free.) Your brunch ticket also includes admission to the zoo and the Rainforest; reservations are required at 216-635-3300. Zoo and Rainforest hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3900 Wildlife Way. Find out more by calling 216-661-6500 or online at — Cicora

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