Led by visionary president Richard “Rick” Schwartz and a team of dedicated animal lovers — a shout-out to the Pankow family and their elephants; RIP, Kiba — Nashville Zoo is an iconic local institution. Even on blisteringly hot days (and some frigid ones as well), eager throngs gather to learn about world wildlife. And with temperatures reaching outlandish levels, what better way to spend a Saturday than at the zoo and with ice? Part of the typical zoo admission, Ice Day at Nashville Zoo will include popsicle treats for the animals and free ice cream samples courtesy of Blue Bell Ice Cream for the humans. Key activities slated are an ice-cream eating contest, a “winter wonderland snow tent” and an inflatable water slide. Though the still-young-and-growing zoo lacks cold-climate animals such as penguins, arctic foxes and polar beers, you can be sure the beloved cultural attraction nonetheless will offer a chill to help beat the heat.