Creatures living in a wintery wonderland have a mystical appeal inspiring a multitude of questions. How do they stay warm in freezing temperatures? What do they eat? How long do they live? Who are the traditional reindeer herders from the icy north?

On the weekend of December 15 -16 WonderLab visitors will learn the answers to these questions as well as get a chance to gaze at these wonderful arctic creatures.

On Saturday, December 15 guests can meet an adult reindeer. On Sunday, December 16, a baby reindeer will take the stage. The animals will be brought to the museum courtesy of Silly Safaris, an organizational leader in animal conservation education. And, although reindeer headline the event, they won’t be the only animals on stage. During both shows there will be also be a variety of reptiles, mammals, a bird, a frog, and insects.

“This is an opportunity to meet and touch a creature that you don’t often get to encounter and also learn about it from an expert,” said Emmy Brockman, Education Director at WonderLab. “It integrates a lot of the elements we really care about at WonderLab, which is hands-on learning and education from experts.”

There are four times to see the show. Showtimes are at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. both Saturday, December 15, and Sunday, December 16. Tickets can be purchased at WonderLab on the day of the show and are $5 per person. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and each show has an 80-person audience capacity.

This is a high demand event,” says Jennifer Jenkins, WonderLab’s visitor services manager. “So get here early for your best chance to score tickets.”

Reindeer Reserve is made possible through funding from Beth and Rudy Raff, Keaton Eric Piper Endowment Fund, and the Frank Nelson and Frances N. Young, Jr. Fund.