published Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Suburban Safari

Spring Break Safari starts Friday

Keeper Kids go behind the scenes to feed the fish at a previous Spring Break Safari at the Tennessee Aquarium.
Keeper Kids go behind the scenes to feed the fish at a previous Spring Break Safari at the Tennessee Aquarium.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Chattanooga's Spring Break Safari returns for the next month, March 15-April 15, and this year there's a twist.

A 13-site scavenger hunt gives adventurers a more in-depth look at each attraction and the different parts of the city they visit. Participants will answer a series of clues and document their answers by taking photos. The Safari Guide can be downloaded at www.chattanoogafun.com/spring.

Though designed with school-age kids in mind, these around-town adventures are family-friendly. Ten area attractions are taking part; regular admission rates apply.

Here's a glimpse at the adventures each has in store.

• Bluff View Art District: Culinary creators will whip up chocolate sweets. (Most events have limited availability; one lasts past April 15.)

• Chattanooga Choo Choo: Train engineers climb aboard the electric trolley to ring the bell on a drive through the complex.

• Chattanooga Zoo: Young zoologists will encounter chimpanzees, jaguars, reptiles and camels.

• Creative Discovery Museum: World travelers explore the age of dinosaurs.

• Hunter Museum of American Art: Explorers uncover the stories behind works of art.

• Rock City: RockQuest adventurers head out on an enchanted trail.

• Ruby Falls: Spelunkers explore the depths of a cavern.

• Southern Belle: Pilot house mates help navigate a riverboat on the Tennessee River.

• Tennessee Aquarium: Keeper Kids get to feed and mingle with sharks and sea turtles.

• Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum: Kids get to play conductor aboard a train car.

In addition to these attractions, the scavenger hunt will send explorers to three locations around the city: the riverfront, North Shore/Coolidge Park and the Southside.

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