Bronx Zoo Visitors Will Soon Be Able to Zip Line Across the Bronx River

Animals aren’t the Bronx Zoo’s only attraction. The famous New York City zoo sits on 265 acres of park and natural lands and is bisected by the area’s only freshwater river, the Bronx River. Beginning this summer, Gothamist reports that adventurous visitors will get the chance to view the waterway from high in the sky, on a new zip line that whizzes them across the river.

The course is more than 400 feet long, and runs back and forth across the Bronx River. Visitors will soar 50 feet above the water, giving them a rare glimpse of the river's wetlands.

"It’s an amazing river in our city, but not everybody gets to see it," Sue Chin, the vice president of planning and design and chief architect at the Wildlife Conservation Society, told DNAinfo New York. (The Wildlife Conservation Society manages the Bronx Zoo, along with the Central Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo.) "Certainly, they don’t get the experience of seeing it this way."

The zip line is part of a new year-round zoo experience, the Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure, which will open sometime this summer. (The WCS initially announced the zip line would open on June 16, but the opening date has since been postponed.) In addition to an aerial rope slide, the Treetop Adventure will include seven ropes courses, ranging from easy to advanced. Two-hour climbing tickets will cost $65, while a two-way river crossing will be $35. For $75, visitors will be able to purchase a combined ticket. (Both attractions will be ticketed separately from the Bronx Zoo, so you’ll need to purchase another pass to see the animals.)

For safety purposes, Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure participants must be ages 7 and up, between 50 and 275 pounds, and able to touch a height of 5 feet, 6 inches while standing flat on the ground.

Don’t meet those criteria? The zoo has created an additional new experience—a netted bridge-and-tower course and nature play area called the Bronx Zoo Nature Trek—that’s suitable for the entire family. It opens on June 23, and admission is included with the purchase of a Bronx Zoo Total Experience Ticket.

You can check out some pictures of the zip line and the Bronx Zoo’s new aerial obstacle courses below.

The Bronx Zoo's new Treetop Adventure attraction

The Bronx Zoo's new Treetop Adventure attraction

The Bronx Zoo's new Treetop Adventure attraction

The Bronx Zoo's new Treetop Adventure attraction

The Bronx Zoo's new Treetop Adventure attraction

The Bronx Zoo's new Treetop Adventure attraction

Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

[h/t Gothamist]

Turn Your LEGO Bricks Into a Drone With the Flybrix Drone Kit

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Flyxbrix/FatBrain

Now more than ever, it’s important to have a good hobby. Of course, a lot of people—maybe even you—have been obsessed with learning TikTok dances and baking sourdough bread for the last few months, but those hobbies can wear out their welcome pretty fast. So if you or someone you love is looking for something that’s a little more intellectually stimulating, you need to check out the Flybrix LEGO drone kit from Fat Brain Toys.

What is a Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit?

The Flybrix drone kit lets you build your own drones out of LEGO bricks and fly them around your house using your smartphone as a remote control (via Bluetooth). The kit itself comes with absolutely everything you need to start flying almost immediately, including a bag of 56-plus LEGO bricks, a LEGO figure pilot, eight quick-connect motors, eight propellers, a propeller wrench, a pre-programmed Flybrix flight board PCB, a USB data cord, a LiPo battery, and a USB LiPo battery charger. All you’ll have to do is download the Flybrix Configuration Software, the Bluetooth Flight Control App, and access online instructions and tutorials.

Experiment with your own designs.

The Flybrix LEGO drone kit is specifically designed to promote exploration and experimentation. All the components are tough and can totally withstand a few crash landings, so you can build and rebuild your own drones until you come up with the perfect design. Then you can do it all again. Try different motor arrangements, add your own LEGO bricks, experiment with different shapes—this kit is a wannabe engineer’s dream.

For the more advanced STEM learners out there, Flybrix lets you experiment with coding and block-based coding. It uses an arduino-based hackable circuit board, and the Flybrix app has advanced features that let you try your hand at software design.

Who is the Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit for?

Flybrix is a really fun way to introduce a number of core STEM concepts, which makes it ideal for kids—and technically, that’s who it was designed for. But because engineering and coding can get a little complicated, the recommended age for independent experimentation is 13 and up. However, kids younger than 13 can certainly work on Flybrix drones with the help of their parents. In fact, it actually makes a fantastic family hobby.

Ready to start building your own LEGO drones? Click here to order your Flybrix kit today for $198.

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Instead of Taco Tuesday, Sweden Celebrates Taco Friday (or Taco Fredag)

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If you think Swedish cuisine is limited to meatballs and herring, you've never celebrated Fredagsmys—the Swedish version of Taco Tuesday. The day, which translates to "cozy Fridays," is a chance for Swedes to get together with loved ones and eat comfort food at the end of a long week. And instead of indulging in more traditional Swedish fare, the Fredagsmys cuisine of choice is Tex-Mex.

Fredagsmys takes the already-Americanized taco and puts a Swedish spin on it. On Taco Fredag (Taco Friday), ingredients like tortillas, ground meat, peppers, and tomatoes are laid out smörgåsbord-style. The spread may also include some toppings that are rarely served with tacos outside of Scandinavia, such as yogurt, cucumber, peanuts, and pineapple. After assembling their meal, diners enjoy it in a cozy spot in front of the TV, ideally surrounded by pillows and candles.

The Swedish tradition of starting the weekend with a taco feast has only been around for a couple of decades. In the 1990s, the Swedish potato chip company OLW introduced the slogan “Now it’s cozy Friday time” into the national lexicon. Old El Paso capitalized on this concept with its own ad campaign showing Swedes how to assemble tacos at home. The Swedish spice company Santa Maria noticed the emerging trend and further popularized the idea of eating tacos on Fridays in its TV advertisements.

Tacos may be the food that's most closely associated with Fredagsmys today, but any quick junk food is appropriate for the occasion. Burgers and pizza are also popular items, as are candy, chips, and popcorn. The meal makes up just one part of the night: Settling in on the couch in pajamas to watch TV with loved ones is just as important as the food.

Making time for comforting indoor activities is a necessity in Sweden, where the weather is harsh and daylight is scarce for much of the year. The Danish do something similar with hygge, although tacos aren't an explicit part of that tradition.