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OKC ZOO OCTOBER 2013 HAPPENINGS

Posted by Candice Rennels on 09/30/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       September 30, 2013

 

 

CONTACTS:  Candice Rennels: (405) 425-0298 office, (405) 412-6172 cell or crennels@okczoo.com

                     Tara Henson: (405) 425-0219 office, (405) 919-9038 cell or thenson@okczoo.com

 

OCTOBER HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

 

NOW - NOVEMBER 3:  REDING FARM CORN MAIZE IN CHICKASHA, OK

The Reding Farm Corn Maize in Chickasha, OK, is helping the Zoo celebrate 30 years of Haunt the Zoo by featuring the Zoo in its corn maize design. The largest corn maize in Oklahoma, the 38-acre commemorative design integrates the Zoo’s logo surrounded by animal images.  Visitors can explore the tiger, zebra and stingray maizes, to name a few. The Reding Farm Corn Maize runs through Sunday, November 3, and is located at 614 Reding Road off 9th Street in Chickasha.  In addition, the ZooMobile will be at the Reding Farm on Saturday, October 19, and Saturday, October 26, for animal presentations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Visit www.redsiloproductions.com for more information.

 

OCTOBER:  LAST MONTH FOR STINGRAY BAY IN 2013

Did you catch the wave this summer with a visit to Stingray Bay? If not, October is your last opportunity to see and touch the stingrays up close. Guests can interact with these majestic creatures as they “fly” and glide through a 2-feet deep saltwater pool through October 31. Admission to Stingray Bay is $3 per person. Children two and under are free. ZooFriends' memberships do not apply. Stingray Bay is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during regular hours. Glide by and see them before they go! Stingray Bay will reopen on March 2014.

 

OCTOBER:  PUMPKINS FOR A PURPOSE

You can help wild orangutans, tigers and rainforests, oh my! At the Zoo every year, hundreds of pumpkins are used to decorate the Zoo for its fall festivities. Now, through the Zoo’s Pumpkins for a Purpose, you can sponsor a personalized pumpkin through October 31 to directly benefit the Zoo’s conservation initiatives. Visit www.okczoo.com to learn more and to download a sponsorship form or call (405) 425-0262.

 

OCTOBER:  HAUNT THE ZOO TICKETS ON SALE

Haunt the Zoo tickets are on sale now through October 31. Presented by The Children’s Hospital Volunteers and Kohl’s Cares, Haunt the Zoo is the biggest Halloween event in town offering a safe, unique, family-friendly trick-or-treating experience. Tickets are required for anyone wishing to collect treats. The cost is $6 in advance or $7 at the event. Children receive an official treat bag with their ticket. Accompanying adults are free.  ZooFriends memberships do not apply to Haunt the Zoo. Tickets may be purchased at the Zoo daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online at www.okczoo.com.

 

OCTOBER 05:  VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT

The Zoo is searching for passionate, dependable individuals 18 or older to apply for Animal Area, Dive, Education and/or Horticulture volunteer positions. If you are interested attend our Volunteer Recruitment on Saturday, October 5, at 10 a.m. in the Rosser Conservation Education Center (located at the east end of the Zoo’s parking lot). Orientation and paperwork will begin at 10 a.m. with staff interviews immediately following. For more information, contact the Zoo’s Volunteer Coordinator at (405) 425-0275.

 

OCTOBER 05:  OKC ZOO’S HALLOWEEN COSTUME SWAP

This Halloween, go green! The Zoo is participating in the National Costume Swap Day activities, and hosting a Costume Swap event on Saturday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in hopes of reducing waste and increasing fun. More than 6,250 tons of landfill waste could be avoided if just half the kids in America traded costumes. Kids will enjoy shopping costumes that are “new” to them while adults enjoy saving some green. New or gently used children’s costumes in sizes infant to youth extra large will be accepted. Here’s how it works:

  • The swap will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine in the Zoo’s Global Plaza.
  • Participation in the swap is free, but admission is required for entry into the Zoo.
  • You can donate early from September 30 through October 4, and receive a ticket to come back and shop the swap on October 5. Or, donate without swapping.
  • Remember, this event takes place during the Zoo’s Pumpkin Drive and if you drop off a pumpkin larger than your head enjoy free same-day admission to the Zoo. Come swap, shop and drop! For more information, contact the Zoo at (405) 425-0262. 

 

OCTOBER 05-13:   The ZOO'S ANNUAL PUMPKIN DRIVE presented by REMINGTON PARK

It is time for the Zoo’s annual Pumpkin Drive presented by Remington Park. During the Pumpkin Drive from October 5 through 13, bring a pumpkin bigger than your head to the Zoo and receive free same-day admission to the Zoo. One pumpkin per person, please. The donated pumpkins will be used to decorate the Haunt the Zoo trail. 

 

OCTOBER 06:  PISTOL PETE’S 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

The OKC Metro Chapter of the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Alumni Association invites you to the Oklahoma City Zoo on Sunday, October 6, for Pistol Pete’s 90th birthday celebration. The first 200 guests to attend wearing OSU school colors can enjoy cake with Pistol Pete at 2 p.m. in the Zoo’s Global Plaza while it lasts! For more information, visit www.orangeconnection.org/OKCMetro.

 

OCTOBER 11:  CHOMP AND STOMP

Zoo animals love treats, too! Friday, October 11, the Zoo will host a Pumpkin Chomp & Stomp, its Halloween enrichment where a variety of Zoo animals get to enjoy some Halloween treats. The event will be on Zoo grounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Zoo admission is required. Additional details and a schedule will be posted on www.okczoo.com.

 

OCTOBER 25:  HAUNT THE ZOO PREVIEW HIKE FAMILY PROGRAM

No trick, just the treat of getting a sneak peek at Haunt the Zoo. Enjoy walking the Haunt the Zoo trail from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and taking photos of your little trick-or-treaters in their costume at each of the booths. Bring your own cameras to capture the fun. Candy not provided on the event trail. Adult must accompany child. The cost per child is $15 for ZooFriends and $18 for non-members. Parents are free with a paid child registration. To learn more or to register, contact the Education department at (405) 425-0218 or visit www.okczooed.com.

 

OCTOBER 26-31:  HAUNT THE ZOO FOR HALLOWEEN – Celebrating 30 Sweet Years!

 Join the most magical Halloween party in Oklahoma providing delightful family memories and trick-or-treating fun for everyone at our 30th Haunt the Zoo celebration. Presented by the Children’s Hospital Volunteers and Kohl’s Cares, Haunt the Zoo runs Saturday, October 26, through Thursday, October 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. nightly (rain or shine). Children will follow the pumpkin-lined pathway stopping at fun fantasy-themed booths to collect tasty treats from volunteers. Admission per child is $6 for pre-purchased tickets or $7 for tickets purchased at the gate during the event. Accompanying adults ages 18 and older are admitted for free. Admission includes an official treat bag and is required for anyone wishing to collect treats. ZooFriends’ memberships do not apply.  Haunt the Zoo tickets on sale now through October 31 at the Zoo and online at www.okczoo.com. Sponsors to date include: Allegiance Credit Union; AT&T Pioneers, OK 1st Chapter; Bank of Oklahoma; Cher Bumps & Assoc., Inc.; Cox Media; Epic Charter Schools; First Security Bank; Fred Jones Family Foundation; Frito-Lay; Great Plains Coca-Cola; Great Plains Dr Pepper; Keller Williams Realty of Central Oklahoma; Love’s Travel Stops; Magic 104/Jake FM/92.5 KOMA; Paint Your Art Out; Pride Mixed Martial Arts; Upstage Theatre; Walmart; and ZooFriends.

 

OCTOBER 28:  OKC ZOO’S WEEKEND KEEPER CONNECTIONS END FOR THE SEASON.

 

MONTH OF OCTOBER:  OKC ZOO’S EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Connecting people with nature is what we do best. The Zoo’s Education Department has a variety of toddler, preschool, family, Girl and Boy Scouts, and home school programs scheduled during October and throughout the calendar year. Discover all we have to offer at www.okczooed.com. For details and registration on the following October programs, call (405) 425-0218.

Toddler & Preschool Programs

Check out our programs for you and your little ones! Toddlers delight in our animals through crafts, activities, discovery stations, presentations and/or guided Zoo excursions.  Each class meets either on a Thursday or Saturday from 10 a.m. - 11 am. Cost per adult/child pair is $12 (Zoo member) or $15 (non-member). Choose from the following schedule:

  • 2 Years - Creepy Crawlies – Oct. 3 or 5
  • 3 Years - G is Giraffe – Oct. 10 or 12
  • 4 Years - Halloween Fliers – Oct. 26

 

Family Programs

The Zoo is all about family and fun!  All Family Programs welcome parent participation and all parents are free with paid child registration, unless otherwise noted. Cost per child varies per program and for Zoo members and non-members. Choose from the following schedule:

  • Under the Sea Sleepover – Oct. 11, 7 p.m. - 9 a.m. the next morning 
  • Sharks, Skates and Rays at Stingray Bay – Oct. 5, 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Night at the ZooZeum – Oct. 18, 7 p.m. - 9 a.m. Limited availability.
  • Haunt the Zoo Preview Hike – Oct. 25, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

 

Home School Program

Ever wanted to take a safari around the world? Each month, the Zoo focuses on discovering a different geographical location. On October 2 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., North America will be the featured topic with animal encounters, exhibit tours and much more. Ages include PreK through 6th grade. Cost per student/child is $7 each with additional registered sibling(s) for the same grade/class at $3.50 each. Non-registered siblings pay regular Zoo admission and enter through the Zoo's main gate. One parent/teacher is free for each completed transaction.

 

School's Out Safari Day Camp

Want a unique adventure for your child during school holidays?  Safari Day Camps during school holidays are for children ages four to 12 years old.  Zoo camps provide children with a unique experience that is both educational and entertaining. Camp runs 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and drop off is from 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. The cost is $30 per child, per day. Snacks are provided but campers must bring their lunch.  Choose from the following schedule:

  • Thurs., Oct. 10
  • Thurs., Oct. 17 

 

Scout Programs 

Scout Programs provide opportunities for scouts of various ages to experience nature and earn badges. Cost per scout is $12, which includes program, snack and Zoo admission. Adults are $1 each.  Badges can be purchased through the Scout Shop. Pre-registration is required. Choose from the following programs.

  • Wild Thing! - Sat, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. - noon (Bear Cubs)
  • You’ve Got the Whole World in Your Hands - Sat, Oct. 19, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Wolf Cubs)
  • Incredible Insects - Sat, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. - noon (Brownies)
  • Animal Sense-sations - Sat, Oct. 26, 2 p.m. 4 p.m. (Brownies)
  • Wildlife Night Snooze – Fri., Oct. 4, 7 p.m. - 9 a.m. (Boy Scouts); and Fri., Oct. 11, 7 p.m. - 9 a.m. (Girl Scouts);

A breakfast of muffins, juice and milk is provided. Cost is $25 per scout and $10 per adult.

 

NEXT MONTH’S HAPPENINGS: 

 

NOVEMBER 11:  VETERAN’S DAY

NOVEMBER 16:  AMERICA RECYCLES DAY

NOVEMBER 27:  FREE DAY AT THE ZOO

NOVEMBER 28:  THANKSGIVING DAY, THE ZOO IS CLOSED.


I spy something fun for everyone in October at the OKC Zoo! The Zoo is a proud member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Buildings close at 4:45 p.m. daily. Guests must exit grounds at closing time. Regular admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Become a Zoo fan at www.facebook.com/okczoobg or follow us on Twitter @okczoo. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit www.okczoo.com.

 

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