Fall Festivities Sure to Delight One and All

Date: 
Wed, 08/03/2011

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - August 3, 2011 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, the state's only zoo, has released its September/October 2011 programming calendar. The Zoo plans fun and educational special events and seasonal programs throughout the fall, most of which are free with the purchase of Zoo admission, unless otherwise noted. Be sure to mark your calendar, so you won't miss a minute of the fun.

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $12.00, children (ages 3 -11) and senior admission (62 and older) is just $10.00, and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members also are admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge. Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is located at 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut. The main information phone number is: (203) 394-6565. 

September 2011

September 10: Fairfield Day at the Zoo, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fairfield residents who show a valid ID are invited to visit the Zoo on their special "town day" for just $5 per person. This special pricing is available for up to six guests. Rain date: September 17.

Zoo Tots 
September 13 & 14: Zoo Tots, 10:30 am

This monthly 45-minute program for children 22 months to four years old, who are accompanied by an adult, may include stories, activities, crafts, and live animals. This session is entitled "Night and Day." Pre-registration is required by calling 203-394-6563. The cost is $10 for Zoo members and one child, and $15 for non-members and one child. 

September 21: Evening Lecture Series: Teaching a Bear to Paint, 7:00 pm 

Animal Art Bear Painting 
What inspires a bear to paint and how does this differ from humans? Our talented Zoo staff will share their training methods for motivating the Zoo's "Pigcasso" as well as other animal artists and discuss the human connection. $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. This program, taking place in the Hanson Exploration Station, is part of the Evening Lecture Series, sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association. 

October 2011

Hay Ride 
Ongoing throughout October

Harvest Hay Rides: Ongoing every weekend in October as well as school holidays from Noon to 3:00 P.M. Rides begin at the W.O.L.F. Cabin and are $2.00 each.

October 1: Stratford Day at the Zoo, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Stratford residents who show a valid ID are invited to visit the Zoo on their special "town day" for just $5 per person. This special pricing is available for up to six guests. 

Golf Tournament 
October 3: 5th Annual Golf Tournament
Join us at the exclusive Connecticut Golf Club in Easton for fun and fundraising! With a course rating of 73.5 and slope rating of 136 on Bent grass, this course will challenge and exhilarate even a seasoned golfer. Bring your "A" game, support the Zoo, and have a ball! The day's festivities will include a round of golf, contests (hole in one/closest to the pin/straightest drive), great food, a silent auction, and raffle. For more information, please visit www.beardsleyzoo.org or contact Emily Bobowick at (203) 394-6569 or e-mail ebobowick@beardsleyzoo.org.

October 11 & 12: Zoo Tots, 10:30 am
Zoo Tots 
This monthly 45-minute program for children 22 months to four years old, who are accompanied by an adult, may include stories, activities, crafts, and live animals. This session is entitled "Not So Scary!" Pre-registration is required by calling 203-394-6563. The cost is $10 for Zoo members and one child, and $15 for non-members and one child. 

October 19: Evening Lecture Series: Training the Canine Hero, 7:00 pm 
Resources in Search & Rescue, Inc. will share tips on how not to get lost in the woods, how to survive if you do, and how dogs are used to locate lost and missing people. A demonstration will follow. $5 donation suggested. Refreshments will be served. This program, taking place in the Hanson Exploration Station, is part of the Evening Lecture Series, sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association. 

Zookeeper Scarecrow on Parade 
October 19-30: Scarecrows on Parade
Come check out our scarecrow competition and vote for your favorites! FREE with admission to the Zoo.

October 21, 22, 28 & 29: Howl-O-Ween, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Calling all ghosts and goblins! Come and spend a truly fun and frightful evening at the Zoo featuring a "Fairy Tales Gone Wrong" Hayride, Haunted Farmyard, Gruesome Greenhouse, and magic show by Jim Sisti. Tickets also include FREE face painting, and of course, CANDY! Don't miss this frighteningly good time! Admission is $8 per person. Event recommended for children ages 6-12, however, some of the "scarier" activities of the evening may be better suited for children ages 8+.

October 30: Boo at the Zoo, Noon - 3:00 pm
Boo at the Zoo 
This spooktacular afternoon includes music, harvest hayrides, face painters, and we will announce the winners of our Scarecrow competition, plus many other seasonal enjoyments. Guaranteed to delight and fright all those who pass through! If you're under 12, in costume and are accompanied by a paying adult, you get in to the Zoo for FREE! 

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