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Santa to swim with the penguins at Missouri zoo

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Santa will be taking several breaks from making toys this year to swim with the penguins at the Kansas City Zoo.

The zoo says the first swim will be at 2 p.m. Friday. Santa also will don scuba gear to take a dip with the penguins on Saturdays and Sundays this week as well as the following three weekends.

The zoo opened its $15 million Helzberg Penguin Plaza in 2013. The exhibit features Humboldt, King, Gentoo and Rockhopper species of penguins. The cold-water penguins flip and turn in a 100,000-gallon pool that’s cooled. There’s also a 25,000-gallon warm wet area for the warm-water penguins.

The event is free with a zoo admission.