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With kids comprising 33% of Zoo visitors, the need for a unique children's area was necessary and in 2000, planning meetings began with staff from all participating Zoo areas. The decision was to have a waterplay area, a theatre, and a children's zoo with the idea that families would be able to meet up and cool off at the waterplay area before visiting the children's zoo or attending an animal demonstration or children's entertainment at the new amphitheatre. All FREE with general admission!