If you're like me, you occasionally find yourself stopped mid-surf on Animal Planet watching wild animal encounters, Animal Cops, or more recently — one of the most ridiculous and cutest things ever — Puppy Games 2008.
This weekend, you can ditch the remote control and catch some live action. Animal Planet will be in Memphis at Shelby Farms Park for the Animal Planet Expo, a two-day event for the whole family, even the cats and dogs.
Memphis is one of 12 nationwide stops for Animal Planet's expo. The festivities will offer lots of fun for the kids, including a 38-foot "King Croc" slide, a bug house full of creepy crawlers, an inflated obstacle course and bounce house, and the 18-foot climbable Spider Mountain.
For those who are a little too grown up for croc slides and bounce houses, there will be the HD Dome, where you can watch a variety of Discovery's family programming in high definition. And if at any time you get too hot chasing the kids around the expo, you can cool off in the misting tent.
And what would an Animal Planet event be without animals? Check out the "R.O.A.R." stage to see live animal shows where trained professionals show the crowd exotic species such as snakes, baby crocodiles, and lemurs.
The event will be both exciting and educational. Best of all, it's free. And if all those cute animals get you feeling warm and fuzzy inside, you can take one home from the pet adoption tent.
Animal Planet Expo, Saturday-Sunday, August 23rd-24th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Shelby Farms Park,
500 N. Pine Lake. Free.