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Families throughout Southeastern Wisconsin know that the Milwaukee County Zoo is a great place to hang out. It's always fun to look at favorite animals, take in some special exhibits and shows and, of course ride the train.

But visitors to the zoo this Sunday, September 11, will get an extra special experience. During the Zoological Society of Milwaukee's Ride on the Wild Side, families will be able to experience the animals on their bikes, as they ride through the zoo to raise money for the society's programs.

Organizers have made sure to make the ride as kid-friendly as possible. The littlest legs will be accommodated in a 2.5-mile Critter Caravan, while more experienced riders will start out at the zoo and then be able to ride through the Menomonee River Parkway on the Oak Leaf bike trail.

Bike riders can check in at 7 a.m., enjoy a continental breakfast and then start out at staggered intervals beginning at 8 a.m. When the riders get back, they'll be treated to a buffet lunch.

After lunch, riders who haven't gotten enough zoo love should head over to the Family Farm to take in Family Farm Weekend, which will be happening during regular zoo hours on September 10 and 11. There will be lots of family-friendly farming activities going on -- from a pedal tractor-pull contest, a milk-chugging competition and animal encounter area to a farmers market, basket-weaving demonstrations and samples of honey, maple sugar and hand-churned ice cream.

Check out zoosociety.org for more information on this weekend's events and to register for the Ride on the Wild Side.

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