Breakfast with Frosty and Friends Kicks Off Holidays Programs at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Date: 
Wed, 11/21/2012

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - November 21, 2012 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, the state's only zoo, is pleased to release its Holiday 2012 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.

Celebrating its 90th birthday in 2012, 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 2012 SCHEDULE

The Zoo will be open for half days on the day before Thanksgiving (11/21), 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 2012

November 23 - 25: Harvest Hay Rides
Enjoy this seasonal favorite from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Rides begin at the W.O.L.F. Cabin and are $2.00 each.

December 2012

December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23: Breakfast with Frosty & Friends, 9:00 - 10:00 am
Get in the holiday spirit and join Frosty and his friends for breakfast at Connecticut's only zoo. Reservations are required. Call Amanda Bolanos at (203) 394-6574. $10 per person for Zoo members, $20 per person for non-members. Price includes zoo admission and breakfast.

December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23: Holiday Crafts & Fun Photo Opps, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Enjoy making holiday crafts in our Research Station, and then take some fun photos in our festively decorated, tropical greenhouse. Don't forget to visit your favorite animals to wish them happy holidays!

December 11 and 12: Zoo Tots, 10:30 am
Holiday Fun! 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 animals in winter. 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.

ZOO GIFT GIVING IDEAS:

The holidays are approaching fast - pick up unique and meaningful gifts from the Zoo for everyone on your list!

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.

Looking for a more permanent gift? Purchase & engrave a 90th Anniversary 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, socks (adult and child sizes), and children's clothing;
People and pet food; and
Unwrapped gifts for Toys for Tots will be accepted through December 19.

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