INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Indianapolis Zoo has kicked off it’s annual “xZOOberance” festival to help everyone get in the mood for spring-like weather. 

It lasts until April 17th, and guests can enjoy a variety of activities. 

“It’s constantly fresh and changing to keep guests enganged. We have animals that guests can get up close with and meet, chickens, goats, plus all of our zoo animals,” Carla Knapp, Public Relations Specialist for the Indianapolis Zoo, said. 

On Thursday through Sunday’s, performances will be held at two different stages with a variety of acts. On top of that, guests can also do arts and crafts, pose by the “larger-than-life” butterflies, feed giraffes, and more. 

“So when you come to xZOOberance, it’s fresh,  it’s beautiful and vibrant for spring. We have living artwork, these huge animal shaped topiaries that make incredible photo ops so it’s just a very vibrant landscape to celebrate,” Knapp said.

Knapp mentioned that the Indianapolis Zoo is the only place in the midwest where you can get into the water with dolphins. 

“That is such an incredible experience. So for guests who are looking to stay closer to home and have a family getaway that still feels really rich and full, have those one of a kind experiences, our dolphin and water experience is definitely the experience for them,” Knapp said. 

Knapp also said that if you can’t make it out to xZOOberance, don’t worry, there will still be plenty to look forward to in the coming months. 

“A new exhibit that we are going to be opening this May is ‘Kangaroo Crossing’. This is going to be a very cool, interactive experience. It’s an outdoor area, but it is enclosed so once you come inside, you’re going to be sharing the same habitat with the kangaroos,” Knapp. 

No matter which aspect of the zoo interests you, Knapp said she thinks people are going to be excited to experience some sort of “normal” again.

“I feel like people are just ready to be out and enjoy the warmer weather, get to see some animals and be outdoors and enjoy nature,” Knapp said. 

Knapp said ticket prices vary by the day, but you can save money by purchasing ahead online. 

Children under the age of two can enter for free. You can purchase tickets online by clicking here.