Zoo Celebrates Summer with Nonstop Family Fun

Tue, 06/26/2012

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - June 26, 2012 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is celebrating its 90th birthday this year with the '90 Days of Summer,' including reduced admission, $1 carousel rides, and lots more! A complete calendar of special events from mid-June through July also follows:
'90 Days of Summer' Promotions* (now through Labor Day)

Mondays: Roll Back Monday - all admission prices roll back to only $9!

Tuesdays: $1 carousel rides

Wednesdays: Receive half price admission if you were born in the 90s! MUST SHOW PROOF (Valid photo ID, birth certificate, passport, report card) Hint: If you were born in the 90s, you'd be 12-22 years old.

Thursdays: If it's a scorcher (over 90 degrees Fahrenheit), receive one free child admission with one paying adult.

Fridays: Be the 90th guest and get in FREE and receive a special gift just for you!

*NOTE: These offers do NOT apply to groups. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or coupons.


Birthday Bonus! As a gift to all Zoo visitors, anyone who comes to Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo on his or her birthday gets in free (Photo ID with birthday required. Valid through 12/31/12).

July 2012

JUST ADDED! July 4: Red, White, & Blue Animal Scavenger Hunt, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This self-guided hunt will challenge visitors to find all of the animals sporting patriotic colors. (Ex. red wolf, white swans, (blue) poison dart frog) - and many more! Enjoy a special "Animal Bytes" presentation about the American Bald Eagle.

JUST ADDED! July 5: Barnum Birthday Bash at the Zoo, Noon - 1:00 pm

Don't miss the 202nd Barnum's Birthday Bash in celebration of P.T. Barnum, famed showman, philanthropist, and one of Bridgeport's best-known citizens at Connecticut's only zoo. The party will feature a hilarious stage show, "Barnum's World of Wonder and Magic," which will educate and entertain. Learn how Barnum changed the face of entertainment, not only in America, but internationally. Show and clown noses free with zoo admission. Rain or shine.

July 9 - 13, 16 - 20, 23 - 27, 30, 31: Animal Tales, 1:00 pm

Visit us for story time, a special craft and even an animal encounter each weekday. Free with Zoo admission. Families with children under age 6 are welcome.

July 9 - 13, 16 - 20, 23 - 27: Zoo Patrol, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Zoo Patrol is an exciting summer activities program offered for children. Situated on Zoo grounds, children participate in talks and activities with Zoo staff, play animal-related games, and participate in arts and crafts. Each day's activities vary and may include preparing an animal enrichment item, going on nature walks, and getting a glimpse behind the scenes. Sessions run Monday through Friday. Each week is $130/child for Zoo members and $155/child for non-members. Week one is for children ages 6 - 8; week two is for children ages 9 - 11; week three is for children ages 12 - 14.Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

July 13 - 15, 18 - 22: Connecticut Free Shakespeare presents "Romeo and Juliet," 8:00 pm

Connecticut Free Shakespeare celebrates another extraordinary summer at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo by presenting "Romeo and Juliet." Performance begins at 8:00 pm; Zoo opens for picnics at 6:30 pm. All shows at the Peacock Pavilion. Show cancels if inclement weather. FREE. For more information, call 203-393-3213 or visit www.ctfreeshakespeare.org

JUST ADDED! July 15: Zoo Day at the Bluefish, 2:05 pm

The Bridgeport Bluefish will celebrate Zoo Day at the Bluefish stadium while hosting their arch rivals, the Long Island Ducks! Zoo staff will be inside the stadium offering special drawings for great prizes and Zoo merchandise, while sharing information about the new animals coming to Connecticut's only zoo this summer. Through Labor Day, Zoo visitors may present their Zoo ticket stub at the Bluefish stadium to receive $2.00 off any admission.

July 15 - 21: Toucans/Two Can Days at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo will host Toucans/Two Can Days in partnership with local food banks to help feed hungry families in the greater Bridgeport region. Two can visit for the price of one with a donation of two cans of non-perishable food. This promotion applies to general admission rates only and may not be combined with other offers. Donation bins will be located by the Zoo's ticket booth.

UPDATED! July 18: Evening Lecture Series: Cougars Come to Town, 7:00 pm

Bill Betty, a mountain lion lecturer from Rhode Island, will discuss all aspects of cougar behavior as well as sport hunting, reproduction, pets, predation, and habituation, and how cougars are rapidly reoccupying the Northeast. Sightings and evidence maps of the Eastern states and Canadian provinces will be shown. Bill is a very knowledgeable and fascinating speaker with more than a dozen sightings and chance meetings with cougars in New England. His narrative of decades of close encounters with nature's perfect predator gives compelling testimony about the presence of puma concolor in the Northeast. $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. This lecture, taking place in the Hanson Exploration Station, is part of the Evening Lecture Series, sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association.

July 26 - July 31: Family Favorite Chris Rowlands LIVE, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm daily

Famous for getting everyone involved, Rowlands brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets, and colorful props. Chris creatively blends music, comedy, and education to create fast paced, interactive shows that teach and inspire young people. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along with Rowlands on stage as he shares his self- penned songs about animals and their environment. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Each performance is 30-35 minutes long.

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and 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.


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