Last Saturday I had a live broadcast at Boost Mobile in Faribault and often while I'm at one of these station events I'll bring some prizes with me. One of the more popular things that I give away are Minnesota Zoo tickets. A single ticket costs $18 for anyone 13-64 years old, $12 if you're 65 and older, and free if your child younger than 2. Getting a couple of tickets for free really helps to defray the cost of visiting the zoo.

Getting in free is great, but what if you weren't able to stop by and score some tickets from me? The zoo has a program called ZAP or Zoo Income Program for those individuals with a limited income. Guests enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, General Assistance, Minnesota Food Assistance Program, Minnesota Family Investment Program or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families need to show their MN EBT card. If your enrolled in Medical Asssitance or MinnesotaCare, you'll need your MHCP card. In the WIC program, just bring your WIC folder. If your children are in Headstart, just show them the acceptance letter. Along with your proof of being involved with one of the aforementioned programs you'll also have to provide a Minnesota photo ID to gain entrance. The ZAP program doesn't include parking or fees for any special programs or exhibits and is valid only during regular Zoo hours.