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Say goodbye to Nikita the polar bear

At the Kansas City Zoo, Nikita is heading out for bigger and better things. To say goodbye, the zoo is throwing a party and sleepover on December 19.

Going Away Party

To say farewell to Nikita the polar bear, a going-away party will include polar-rific crafts and activities from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Zookeepers will share their favorite moments working with him at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Nikita will receive a very special enrichment item at 1:30 p.m. that was made from all the cards and letters his fans have given to the zoo.

Polar Bear Overnight

A night of games, exploration stations, an animal ambassador visit and a night hike will be dedicated to Nikita and Berlin. Berlin will be taking the role of the top polar bear when Nikita leaves. The activities will begin at 7 p.m. and the overnight will end at 9 a.m. on Sunday, December 20. Sleepovers are held in the Polar Bear Passage viewing building and Zoo Learning Center.

The overnight costs $30 per person with a 10-percent discount for Friends of the Zoo members. A minimum of 20 participants is required for overnights, and rescheduling will happen if the minimum is not met. It is recommended to eat dinner before arrival, with snacks and a continental breakfast provided. Minimum age for participants is 6 years old. One adult chaperone per 10 children under 18 is required.

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