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SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS AT THE OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO - 2013

Posted by Candice Rennels on 08/23/2013

FOR IMMEDIATERELEASE August 23, 2013

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Candice Rennels – (405) 425-0298, O / (405) 412-6172, cell or [email protected]

Tara Henson – (405) 425-0219, O / (405) 919-9038, cell or [email protected]

 

SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS AT THE OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO

 

SEPTEMBER:   STINGRAY BAY IS OPEN

The Zoo’s newest exhibit, Stingray Bay, is open and bringing smiles daily. Stingray Bay provides guests the opportunity to touch and view stingrays up close, and occasionally feed them(additional fee required.)See cownose stingrays, southern stingrays, bonnethead sharks and white-spotted bamboo sharks. Watch as they fly and glide by the tips of your fingers! 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, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on late Saturdays (throughSeptember 7, 2013).

 

SEPTEMBER:   SWAPTEMBER

Throughout September, some of your favorite Oklahoma organizations, including ZooFriends, are teaming up to save you money. During Swaptember, show your current membership card from any of these organizations: Museum of Osteology, Myriad Botanical Gardens, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma Historical Society, Sam Noble Museum, Science Museum Oklahoma and ZooFriends, and receive $5 off any other listed organizations’ membership. Discount does not apply to home organization membership. Discount valid in office only with a current membership card from one of the listed organizations. Discount does not apply to phone or online orders. For more information, call the ZooFriends office at (405) 425-0618.

 

SEPTEMBER:  ZOO EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

There’s always an opportunity to grow with us. Dates are set for the Zoo’s fall educational programs. For questions and pre-registration, please call (405) 425-0218 or visit the education department’s Web site at www.okczooed.com.

Family Programs:

  • September 16-20:  Monarch Migration – Monarch butterflies will soon be migrating and many will stop at the Oklahoma City Zoo as they move south.  Each year cooler temperatures send monarchs south to the same trees within Mexico’s high forests. How do these migratory butterflies find a place they have never been? Flutter by the Zoo’s butterfly garden to learn more about these impressive creatures, and attend one of the free education programs being offered September 16-20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Guests of all ages are welcome.
  •  September 28:  Under the Sea Sleepover – Join us for an aquatic-themed overnight snooze. Visit Stingray Bay, take an evening night hike, grab some Zzzz’s with the seahorses, then enjoy a morning tour. Evening snack and light breakfast provided. Ages four years and up (parents must accompany children). Cost: $35 per child, $15 per adult.

School’s Out Day Camps:

Want a unique adventure for your child during school holidays? Advance registration and payment of $30 per child, per day is required. Campers must bring their lunch, but snacks are provided.

  •  4 - 12 Years: Tuesday, September 3, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  •  4 - 12 Years: Friday, September 6, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

MID-SEPTEMBER-JANUARY:  ZOOZEUM OPENS HAUNT THE ZOO EXHIBIT

The Oklahoma City Zoo’s historical museum, ZooZeum, has thirty years of tricks and treats to share with you with the opening of its newest exhibit, Haunt the Zoo for Halloween. The new gallery display will showcase photos, keepsakes and one-of-a-kind props celebrating the 30-year history of Oklahoma’s biggest Halloween event!  The ZooZeum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

SEPTEMBER 07:  LAST LATE SATURDAY

The Zoo’s last late Saturday to stay open to 8 p.m. is September 7. Regular Zoo hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, will resume September 8.

 

SEPTEMBER 07:  OKC ZOO PART OF SEPTEMBERFEST

Join the Oklahoma City Zoo at Septemberfest, an annual family festival celebrating Oklahoma’s heritage, on September 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the Zoo’s activity tables to learn about upcoming happenings and make a cool stingray craft. Septemberfest is held each year at the Oklahoma Governor's Mansion at 820 NE 23rd Street, Oklahoma City. Admission is absolutely free and families are encouraged to bring picnic lunches. For more information, call (405) 557-0198.

 

SEPTEMBER 13:  ZOOFRIENDS FAMILY FUN NIGHT

Membership has its perks. On Friday, September 13, ZooFriends members are invited to enjoy a fun-filled family night at the Oklahoma City Zoo from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The evening includes free admission to the Zoo’s new Stingray Bay, various rides, the Sea Lion Show and Keeper Chats. Take advantage of a $5 discount when you a purchase or renew a ZooFriends membership during Family Fun Night. For more information, call (405) 425-0618.


SEPTEMBER 21:  3rd ANNUAL WALK FOR WISHES BENEFITING MAKE-A-WISH OKLAHOMA

Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma’s Walk for Wishes® is Saturday, September 21, 201. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Awards will be presented at 9:30 a.m. The walk helps raise funds to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To register, visit www.makeawishok.kintera.org/walkforwishes. Any individual or group can participate and/or start a team. For details, click here.

SEPTEMBER 21: OKLAHOMA CITY ADVENTURE DISTRICT HOSTS TEACHERS’ SNEAK PEEK

The Oklahoma City Adventure District will be hosting Teachers’ Sneak Peek on Saturday, September 21st, come and go from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Discover what the Adventure District has to offer by visiting its member attractions to learn about exciting educational programs and resources for students and classrooms. Teachers and principals can register for this come-and-go event at www.okcadventure.com/teachers-sneak-peek by September 13 at 5 p.m., or on-site registration is available the day of the event. For more information, contact Tiffany Batdorf, manager for Oklahoma City's Adventure District, at (405) 290-PLAY (7529). Located at the crossroads of I-35 and I-44, the Adventure District comprises:

  •  Remington Park, 1 Remington Place
  •  National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St.
  •  Oklahoma City Zoo, 2000 Remington Place
  •  ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum, 2801 NE 50th St.
  •  Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52nd St.

Visiting all five locations provides:

  • Free admission for teachers and their families to any participating attraction for the remainder of the day!
  •  Eligibility for prize drawings, including free field trips, suite packages from Remington Park, gift baskets and teacher supply bags from The Museum Store at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and more!

 

SEPTEMBER 27:  ZOOBREW V

Just brew it Oklahoma City The 5th annual ZooBrew is happening Friday, September 27, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Zoo provides the perfect setting for the evening’s outdoor festivities as you sample more than 30 different beers from local breweries and distributors. Live music provided by Avenue. You will also enjoy a silent auction and $3 meal deals. Tickets, limited to 750 guests, are $30 for ZooFriends’ members, $35 for non-members and $10 for designated drivers. All guests must be 21 or older to attend. IDs will be checked at the gate.  To purchase tickets or get more information, visit www.zoofriends.org/zoobrew-v or call (405) 425-0613.

 

SEPTEMBER 27-NOVEMBER 3:  CORN MAIZE DESIGN CELEBRATES HAUNT THE ZOO

The excitement of Haunt the Zoo is growing! Red Silo Productions is featuring the 30th Haunt the Zoo for Halloween for its 2013 Corn Maize design at Reding Farm in Chickasha, Oklahoma.  This fall the largest corn maize in Oklahoma will feature a commemorative design created by Jerry Webb, Zoo graphics manager, which 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 opens Friday, September 27, and runs through Sunday, November 3, and is located at 614 Reding Road off 9th Street in Chickasha, OK. 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.

 

SEPTEMBER 28: PARTNERS FOR PREPAREDNESS FAMILY EVENT AT THE OKC ZOO - EVENT CANCELED

September is National Preparedness Month and the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security want to help you and your family be emergency ready. Join us for a free family-friendly event at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Saturday, September 28. Learn more about the importance of being prepared, having a plan and staying informed in any emergency situation. Children 11 and under will have an opportunity to participate in interactive activities set up in the Global Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Regular Zoo admission applies for entry into the park. For more information, visit www.homelandsecurity.ok.gov.

 

SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 04:  COSTUME SWAP DROP OFF WEEK AT THE OKC ZOO

This Halloween is all about being green. The Oklahoma City Zoo is hosting a Halloween Costume Swap event on Saturday, October 5, in conjunction with National Costume Swap Day. From September 30 through October 4, drop off your new or gently used child-sized Halloween costumes in the Zoo’s Guest Relations office and receive a ticket to come back and shop our swap on the 5th! Or, donate without swapping. Kids will enjoy shopping costumes that are “new” to them while adults enjoy saving some green.


October Happenings:

OCTOBER 01:   HAUNT THE ZOO TICKETS GO ON SALE

OCTOBER 05 -13:  PUMPKIN DRIVE

OCTOBER 05:   THE COLOR RUN/5K IN THE OKLAHOMA CITY ADVENTURE DISTRICT

OCTOBER 05:   HALLOWEEN COSTUME SWAP

OCTOBER 06:  PISTOL PETE’S 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, 2 P.M.

OCTOBER 19 and 26:  THE ZOOMOBILE WILL BE AT THE REDING FARM MAIZE, CHICKASHA, OK

OCTOBER 26 - 31:  30th HAUNT THE ZOO, 6:30 – 8:30 P.M., NIGHTLY

 

The Oklahoma City 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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