Queens Zoo Hosts the Annual Boo at the Zoo Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28

Children in costume receive free admission

Activities are also planned for Halloween Day

Flushing, N.Y. – Oct. 9, 2012 – Haunted habitats and more Halloween fun awaits at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo weekend.

Boo at the Zoo will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Halloween Day, 3 to 5 p.m.

Activities include face-painting, live animal presentations, and pumpkin treats for some of the zoo’s animals.

Boo at the Zoo weekend festivities include:

  • Haunted Habitat – Visitors can head over to the Haunted Habitat located in the zoo’s Wild Room, which will be decorated for Halloween. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Spooky Animal Presentations – The zoo’s farm is the place to check out live animal presentations with snakes and other animals (1:30 and 3 p.m. Also Oct. 31, same times.)
  • Pick a Perfect Pumpkin – The early bird gets the pumpkin. The first 200 zoo-goers on Saturday and Sunday will pick and decorate their own Halloween pumpkin on the farm.
  • Face Painting – Be a lion, puma, or bear for Halloween this year. Zoo-goers can get in the spirit of the holiday with colorful face painting. (Noon to 3 p.m.)
  • Pumpkin Enrichment – Pumas and bears will tear into treat-filled pumpkins. (Pumas at 1 p.m. and Andean bears at 2:30 p.m., both days.) 
  • Trick or Treating – Treat stations, stocked with all kinds of goodies, will be located around the zoo. (Also Oct. 31.)
  • Crafts for Kids – Kids can make and take home a festive Halloween craft. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also Oct. 31, same time.)
  • Dress to Impress – Children 12 and under in costume accompanied by an adult will receive free admission. (Also Oct. 31.)
More information about Boo at the Zoo can be found online at www.queenszoo.com.The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo – Open every day of the year. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids 3-12, free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. The Queens Zoo is located at 53-51 111th Street in Flushing Meadow’s Corona Park in Queens. For further information, call 718-271-1500 or visit www.queenszoo.com.

Barbara Russo: 718-265-3428; brusso@wcs.org
Max Pulsinelli - 718-220-5182; mpulsinelli@wcs.org
Steve Fairchild – 718-220-5189; sfairchild@wcs.org

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