Showing posts with label Woodland Park Zoo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Woodland Park Zoo. Show all posts

Monday, March 27, 2017

Easter Fun at the Bunny Bounce

The "Bunny Bounce" at Woodland Park Zoo.
The "Bunny Bounce" at Woodland Park Zoo


Woodland Park Zoo says to “hop, skip and jump” to the zoo for the 16th Annual Bunny Bounce which will be jam-packed with “eggs-citing” events planned all day on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 9:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Of course there will be Easter egg hunts for kids ages 1-8 but there will be more to explore as well including “bunny encounters and various zoo programs. The animals will be celebrating too exploring specially placed Easter baskets made just for them to destroy, er, enjoy that include edible flower, berries and other treats. Not only are these events fun to watch, but it is also part of Woodland Park Zoo’s care program aimed at keeping the animals mentally stimulated. Among the animals receiving baskets this year include orangutans, lemurs, grizzlies and more.

If you come, be sure to visit early as space will be limited. Each Easter egg hunt will be open on a first-come, first-served basis, but there will be several held throughout the day. Egg hunts for those age three and under will be presented continually from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the picnic shelter near the North Meadow. Egg hunts for those ages three to five and six to eight will be held every 30 minutes from 10:00 a.m. - noon and then again from 1:00 -2:30 p.m. on the North Meadow. Families will need to bring their own baskets or bags to carry the eggs in and in order to keep the animals safe, no candy will be placed inside the eggs but kids will receive their treats on the way out of the zoo. (This will probably be nice for mom and dad too.)

The Bunny Bounce is free with admission or zoo membership. You can save some time as well by purchasing admission tickets online. Tickets for Adults (13-64 years) is $20.95, Children (3-12 years) $12.95, Toddlers (0-2 years) are free. Seniors (age 65 and up) and those disabled can receive a $2 discount, however those tickets need to be purchased in person.

The Woodland Park Zoo is located at 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103. For more information, visit the zoo’s website or call (206) 548-2500.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Woodland Park Zoo

(All images from Woodland Park Zoo)


Woodland Park Zoo was one of the first to create natural looking and realistic exhibits that resembled each animal’s habitat. It has received seven awards from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums including the following exhibits: Humboldt penguin, Jaguar Cove, Trail of Vines, Northern Trail, Tropical Rain Forest, Elephant Forest and African Savanna. The zoo has also received other AZA awards for it’s "Ready, Set, Discover" programs, the Oregon Spotted Frog Reintroduction Project and the Green Award for serving as an industry leader in sustainable operations.

Founded in 1899, the Woodland Park Zoo is visited by about one million people annually. The zoo manages the largest collection of live animals in the state which includes 1,000 animals from 300 different species. 40 of those species are endangered. The zoo’s botanical garden boast of having more than 92,000 plants and trees broken down into more than 1,300 species. The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, which assesses that the highest standards in animal welfare, safety, education, conservation and business practices are met.

The Woodland Park Zoo is located at 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle 98103. It is open from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily from May 1 – September 25 and 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily from September 26 – April 30.

Ticket prices (from October 1 – March 31) are $14.95 for adults (ages 13-64), $9.95 for children (ages 3-12), Toddlers between the ages of 0-2 get in for free and seniors age 65 and older can receive a $2 discount at the gate.

Ticket prices (from April 1 – September 30) are $20.95 for adults (ages 13-64), $12.95 for children (ages 3-12), Toddlers between the ages of 0-2 get in for free and seniors age 65 and older can receive a $2 discount at the gate.

For more information, visit the Woodland Park Zoo's website or call (206) 548-2500.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Wildlights – What A Bright Idea

(Woodland Park Zoo)

It’s that time of the year again when neon monkeys start to frolic around various storefront windows in the Greenwood neighborhood signaling that Wildlights at the Woodland Park Zoo is back in full swing. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Then you’ve never experienced Wildlights. Sure, driving around finding neighborhoods that go all out during Christmas time with huge light displays, but the zoo provides a similar experience times ten and your kids will get some exercise too wearing them out for a peaceful ride back home.

Of course the main reason to visit Wildlights is to see the spectacular light displays featuring more than 600,000 energy-efficient LED lights formed into favorite animal shapes and surroundings (and listening to your wife asking why you can’t do something similar for your home), but there is more to do and see.

If the weather is inclement, be sure to warm up in the “Snowmazium” to experience a huge indoor “snowball” fight where nobody gets hurt nor do their hands get cold. At first the scene may be appear to be “just for the kids” but don’t be fooled. The adults have just as much fun throwing the squishy, fluffy snowballs as much as the younger ones. This is also the place where your kids can hear a snow story or build a snow creature.

The zoo’s carousel looks extra magical during the festivities and makes for a good photo opp. (The carousel rides are not included in the admission price, but tickets are available for $2 each.) Nearby the Carousel, you’ll find two of Santa’s reindeer and over at Santa’s Camp, you can get your picture taken with the jolly old elf every Friday through Sunday prior to Christmas. He’ll also be around the week before Christmas from December 19-23.

In addition to the reindeer, select animal exhibits will be open for nighttime viewing as well including the Day Exhibit and the north portion of the Adaptations Building which is home to meerkats and nocturnal animals.

Food and beverages, including hot chocolate, spiked hot cider and mulled wine (for the adults) will be available as well. The ZooStore is also a great place to warm up and pick up a unique gift that you won’t find anywhere else. Be on the lookout for clearance tags for extra savings.

On December 12, Blitz the Seahawks mascot will be on site for a meet-and-greet and you can go on a Seahawks Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Seahawks game on December 15.

Wildlights is held every night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and continues through January 1, 2017. Wildlights is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas. Tickets are $9.95 for adults, $7.95 for children ages 3-12 and free for those age 3 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, but it is recommended that you purchase them online to secure your spot and quicker entry into the park.

The Woodland Park Zoo is located at 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle 98103. Parking is free on site, but fills up quickly, so come early or take the bus. Limited street parking is available too. For more information call the zoo at (206) 548-2500 or visit their website.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Party Animals Love the Pumpkin Bash

Woodland Park Zoo's Pumpkin Bash
The Pumpkin Bash is fun for all. (Woodland Park Zoo)
The Woodland Park Zoo is great place to visit any time of the year but it gets a little more spooky during Halloween for their annual Pumpkin Bash. As it turns out, the animals there love jack o-lanterns as much as people do, so they are “treated” to them over the weekend. This year’s Pumpkin Bash will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 29 and 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with trick-or-treating for the kids, a family-friendly “Boomazium” with not-so-scary storytelling and puppet shows and pumpkins for the animals. Children age 12 and under get in free if wearing a costume with a paid adult admission.

Here is the pumpkin schedule for the animals:

Saturday, October 29
  • 10:00 a.m. – Lions, Burmese mountain tortoise, Jaguar and Asian small-clawed otters
  • 10:30 a.m. – Hippos and Snow Leopards
  • 11:00 a.m. – Meerkats and Maned Wolves
  • 11:30 a.m. – Komodo Dragon
  • 1:00 p.m. – Anoa
  • 1:30 p.m. – Warty Pigs
  • 2:00 p.m. – Penguins and Red Ruffed Lemurs (weather permitting)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Wolves and Ambassador Animals
Sunday, October 30
  • 10:00 a.m. – Radiated Tortoises, Tigers and Jaguar
  • 10:30 a.m. – Hippos
  • 11:00 a.m. – Maned Wolves
  • 11:30 a.m. – Kunekune Pigs, Komodo Dragon and Grizzlies
  • 12:00 p.m. – River Otters
  • 1:00 p.m. – Anoa
  • 2:00 p.m. – Penguins and Ring-Tailed Leumurs (weather permitting)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Ambassador Animals
The Woodland Park Zoo is located at 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle 98103

For more information visit the zoo’s website or call (206) 548-2500.