Fall into Family Fun at the Zoo

Date: 
Wed, 08/14/2013
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - August 14, 2013 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, the state's only zoo, releases its late August, September, October 2013 calendar of events. 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.  
  
August 2013 
   
August 21: Evening Lecture Series: 
The Call of the Apes, 7:00 pm
The white-handed gibbon is a threatened Southeast Asian ape species known for its pair bonding and sophisticated vocal behavior, including the complex song duets of mating pairs. Learn about Dr. Terleph's investigation into these fascinating songs and behaviors. He will recount his recent experiences recording from a large, free-living population of gibbons in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand. $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.
 
Camel Rides Ongoing through September 3: Labor Day, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Last chance to ride our kissable camels, named Toby and Goliath. Rides will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for $5 per person. Visitors are welcome to take photos at no additional charge. While there are no age restrictions for riders, anyone five years old and younger requires an adult rider with them. The zoo also is offering a combo ticket for both a carousel and camel ride for $6.00.
 
September 2013 
 
September 6, 13, 20: AARP Members Free Fridays
AARP members enjoy free admission to Connecticut's only zoo on the first three Fridays in September. Receive one free admission when seniors show their current AARP membership card or invitation to "AARP Member Fridays at the Zoo" and 20% off regular admission for up to three guests.
 
September 7: Fairfield Day at the Zoo, 10:00 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 14.
 
September 8: Create A Creature Workshop, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
If you love our Howl-O-Ween event, why not join us for our "Create a Creature" Workshops? Help us create ghastly ghouls, magnificent  Headless ghoul monsters, and putrid plants! This interactive and fun family event offers 3 hours of creepy creativity. Cost: $50 for a family of up to 5; $10 for each additional person. Children must be age 10+. Includes an educational encounter and a snack and discount tickets for the Zoo's Howl-O-Ween event. NOTE: You will get messy, but smocks and gloves will be provided. Session limited to 10 participants. To register, please call 203-394-6563. WARNING: Latex-based paint will be used. Please notify us of all allergies.
 
September 10 & 11 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 "Colors of Nature." 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 18: Evening Lecture Series: Sharks and Rays - Feeding Frenzy! 7:00 pm
Come learn about the feeding behaviors of sharks and stingrays! These animals are not the ferocious predators often shown on TV. Shannon Gerry, a professor at Fairfield University, will discuss the diet and feeding mechanisms of several species that live in Long Island Sound. You will learn that it is safe to go back in the water! $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.
 
September 21: Orange Day at the Zoo, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Orange 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.
 
September 22: Hispanic Heritage Day, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Day by offering $5 general admission to all patrons who visit the zoo. Join us as we pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.
 
Golf Tournament September 30: 7th 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, visit www.beardsleyzoo.org or contact Emily Bobowick at (203) 394-6569 or e-mail ebobowick@beardsleyzoo.org.
 
October 2013
 
Ongoing throughout October & November
Harvest Hay Rides: Ongoing every weekend in October & November as well as school holidays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Rides begin at the W.O.L.F. Cabin and are $2.00 each.
 
October 5: Stratford Day at the Zoo, 10:00 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.
 
October 8 & 9: 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 "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 18 - November 1: Scarecrows on Parade
Come check out our scarecrow competition and vote for your favorites! FREE with admission to the Zoo.
 
October 11: 1st Annual Brew at the Zoo, 6:30 - 10:00 pm
This adults-only fabulous event will feature German inspired fare, craft beers, live music, as well as a silent auction. Guests will also be invited to be a part of the soft opening of our annual Howl-o-ween event. Come in disguise, anything goes! $50 per person.
 
October 18, 19, 25, 26: Howl-O-Ween, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Calling all ghosts and goblins! Come and spend a truly fun and frightful evening at the Zoo featuring an "Classic Monsters" 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 $10 per person in advance and for Zoo members; $12 per person at the gate. 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 27: Boo at the Zoo, Noon - 3:00 pm
This spooktacular afternoon includes harvest hayrides and many other seasonal enjoyments! Plus we will announce the winners of our Scarecrow competition. 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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