Unplug & Explore the Zoo This Holiday Season

Date: 
Tue, 11/26/2013

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - November 26, 2013 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, the state's only zoo, is pleased to release its UPDATED Holiday 2013 programming calendar. The Zoo plans fun and educational special events and seasonal programs throughout the year, most of which are free with the purchase of Zoo admission, unless otherwise noted. Calendar subject to change without notice. Please check BeardsleyZoo.org or Facebook for the most up to date information.

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and open year-round 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.

HOLIDAY 2013 SCHEDULE

The Zoo will be open for half days on the day before Thanksgiving (11/27), Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve. The last visitor will be admitted at noon and the doors will close at 1:00 pm.

Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day - CLOSED

November 2013

NEW! November 29, 30, and Dec. 1:
Black Friday Weekend Alternative
Forget mall madness! We have the perfect gift for the animal lover in your life! Connecticut's only zoo is offering 15% off Thanksgiving weekend for up to 6 people and our gift shop will be offering holiday markdowns on select items. Memberships and animal sponsorships are always the right size - or set your gift in stone with a commemorative zoo brick! NOTE: Admission discount may not to be combined with any other offer.

November 29-30: Harvest Hay Rides, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Get a different view of the Zoo while enjoying this seasonal favorite. Rides begin at the W.O.L.F. Cabin and are $2.00 each.

December 2013

Dec. 1: Harvest Hay Rides, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Get a different view of the Zoo while enjoying this seasonal favorite. Rides begin at the W.O.L.F. Cabin and are $2.00 each.

JUST ADDED! December 1:
3rd Annual Animal Art Show and Sale, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Meet some of our amazing animal keepers & view various pieces created by our talented animal artists! Animal-created artwork makes a unique and artistic gift for the upcoming holidays. All purchases help our zookeepers fund conservation projects, purchase animal enrichment items, and participate in professional development workshops. Free with zoo admission. Sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. Location: Carousel.

JUST ADDED! December 7:
3rd Annual Animal Art Show and Sale, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Meet some of our amazing animal keepers & view various pieces created by our talented animal artists! Animal-created artwork makes a unique and artistic gift for the upcoming holidays. All purchases help our zookeepers fund conservation projects, purchase animal enrichment items, and participate in professional development workshops. Hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks will be served. Free admission. Sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. Location: Hanson Building.

December 10 and 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. December's program will focus on "Winter Fun." 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.

 
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
December 14, 15, 21 & 22: Breakfast with Frosty & Friends, 9:00 - 11:00 am
Get in the holiday spirit and join Frosty and his friends for breakfast at Connecticut's only zoo. Breakfast will be available from 9:00 - 11:00 am with Frosty and Friends making appearances at 9:30 and 10:30 am. Reservations are required. Call (203) 394-6574. $10 per person for Zoo members, $15 per person for non-members. Price includes Zoo admission and breakfast.

ZOO GIFT GIVING IDEAS:

The holidays are approaching fast. Forget the malls and the super stores - Pick up unique and meaningful gifts from the Zoo for everyone on your list!
 
Membership
Membership to Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo can be enjoyed year-round. Your loved one gets free admission to their zoo and free or discounted admission to over 150 zoos and aquariums nationwide. Also includes ZooBucks, carousel rides & guest passes! Contact Amanda Bolanos at 203-394-6574 for more information.

Zoo Bricks
Looking for a more permanent gift? Purchase & engrave a Zoo Brick for your loved one. Bricks will be displayed at the Zoo's Front Gate for all to see! Contact Emily Bobowick at 203-394-6569 for more information.

Animal Sponsorships
Give a wild gift for the animal lover on your shopping list! Receive a Sponsorship Certificate, Fact Sheet & Photograph of your sponsored animal - and make sure to come visit them at the zoo!

Gift Shop
Tired of seeing the same old stuff at the shopping malls? Visit our fabulous gift shop for everything from children's games and handmade jewelry to clothing and animal-themed Christmas ornaments. You'll be amazed at the wide selection of gifts for him and her and the little ones, too!

THE ZOO HELPS THOSE IN NEED:
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is proud to work with community groups to support those in need this holiday season and throughout the year. Following are donation opportunities for the public to join our efforts:
Clean, gently-used, or new coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and children's clothing;
New socks - adult and child sizes;
People and pet food; and
Unwrapped gifts for Toys for Tots will be accepted through December 19.

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