Zoo Offers Something for Everyone in April and May

Fri, 02/26/2010

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - February 26, 2010 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, the state's only Zoo, is pleased to release its calendar for April and May 2010, which includes exciting spring vacation programming for children of all ages. The Zoo has fun events for the entire family all year round, most of which are free with the cost of admission.

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $11.00, children (ages 3 -11) and senior admission (62 and older) is just $9.00, and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members also are admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge.

April 2010

April 6 & 7: Zoo Tots, 10:30 am and 1:00 pm
This monthly 45-minute program for children 18 months to three years, who are accompanied by an adult, may include stories, activities, crafts, and live animals. This session, entitled "Hot and Cold," will focus on animals' adaptations to hot and cold climates. The cost is $10 for Zoo members and one child, and $15 for non-members and one child. To reserve a space in the program, pre-register by calling the Zoo's Education Department at 203-394-6563.

April 12 - 16: April Adventures, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Children ages 6-11 will take part in animal encounters and special craft activities each day. This program features Zookeeper talks, behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, crafts, games, and other activities. Come for the entire week or just for a day. The cost of the program is $35 per day or $150 for the week. For Zoo members, cost is $30 per day or $125 per week. Call 203-394-6563 to register.

April 12 - 16: Backyard Beasts, 1:00 pm
This program for kindergarten and elementary age children and their families will feature a different animal each day. These interactive 45-minute programs may include a live animal, animal stories and animal facts as we answer questions in Professor Beardsley's Research Station. All activities are free with the purchase of Zoo admission.

April 17 & 18: Party for the Planet, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day! Our Earth Day event is about encouraging local, organic, earth-friendly choices as a way of promoting better health for our planet and ourselves. Environmentally friendly vendors will be on hand with everything from green cleaning products and recycled fashion accessories to better lawn care for you and wildlife! Enjoy eco-music both days at Noon at the Peacock Pavilion. Come learn what you can do to make the planet a healthier place for you and your family.

April 21: Evening Lecture Series: Searching for Bigfoot, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This leacure will feature the Zoo's own Jim Knox and JT Warner, leading a talk on Cryptozoology, the search for animals that are considered to be legendary or otherwise nonexistent by mainstream biology. This includes looking for living examples of animals that are extinct, such as dinosaurs, and animals whose existence lacks physical support but that appear in myths, legends or are reported, such as Bigfoot and el Chupacabra. Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted. 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.

May 2010

May 8: Spring Fling, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Visit the Zoo for a day filled with fun, hands-on programming for the entire family in the Barnyard. There also will be crafts, animal encounters including bees, and a blacksmithing demonstration.

May 8: Pet Awareness and Adoption Day, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join the Zoo and PETCO for our annual Animal Adoption Day. Together with several animal adoption and rescue organizations, we'll look learn about the wonderful animals we live with every day, our pets. We'll have presentations on pet care and safety, crafts for the kids and other surprises. Watch dogs training to be either search and rescue dogs or cadaver dogs as they participate in "hide and seek." Take part in demonstrations and learn about caring for your family's best friend.

May 9: Mother's Day
Mom's always taking care of you... today its mom's turn! As a special thank you for all that she does, moms are admitted free!

May 11 & 12: Zoo Tots, 10:30 am and 1:00 pm
This program for children ages 18 months to three years (who are accompanied by an adult) may include stories, games, crafts, and a live animal presentation. This session, "Garden Critters," will focus on creatures found in a typical Connecticut backyard. The cost is $10 for Zoo members and one child, and $15 for non-members and one child. To reserve a space in the program, pre-register by calling the Zoo's Education Department at 203-394-6563.

May 15: Dinosaur Day, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Enjoy a day of dinosaurs at the Zoo. Staff from Dinosaur State Park, The Dinosaur Place and Peabody Museum will bring information and artifacts. Meet Dilly the Dinosaur and make a craft .

May 29: Farming Fever, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Zoo partners with the Fairfield County Farm Bureau to present an afternoon of learning about farm animals and farming with former Connecticut resident Chris Rowlands, an entertainer whose audience participation program will get everyone involved. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along with Rowlands on stage as he shares his self- penned songs such as "Cud Chewing," a tribute to cows.

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About Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo:
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Visitors won't want to miss our Amur (Siberian) tigers, ocelots, red & maned wolves, Andean (spectacled) bears, and golden lion tamarins. Other highlights include our South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas, the New England Farmyard with goats, cows, pigs, sheep and other barnyard critters, plus the hoofstock trail featuring bison, pronghorn, deer and more. Visitors can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful carousel. For more information, visit http://www.beardsleyzoo.org