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SPRING BREAK HAPPENINGS - 2013

Posted by Candice Rennels on 03/04/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                              March 4, 2013

 

CONTACTS:

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

Carrie Allen – (405) 425-0292, O or [email protected]

 

BRING ON THE FUN: SPRING BREAK HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

 

MARCH 1-29:            DR PEPPER VENDING MACHINE ART CONTEST

With crayons, colored pencils, markers or paints in hand encourage your young artist to dive into the Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest for a chance to win $500 in tuition. The Oklahoma City Zoo and Dr Pepper invite Oklahoma students in grades K-12 to participate in the ninth annual Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest. Entries will be accepted now through March 29, 2013. Students participating in this year’s contest will have a chance to win one of two grand prizes of $500 in tuition courtesy of First Security Bank and Dr Pepper, and have their design placed on one of two Dr Pepper vending machines located on Zoo grounds. Submitted entries will be judged on creativity and relevance to the contest’s theme, “I spy, water wonders”! All contest entries must be postmarked by March 29, 2013. For official entry forms, rules and contest criteria visit okczoo.com or call (405) 425-0298.

 

MARCH 4-10:  SESAME STREET LIVE GIVEAWAY AND MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT

The Zoo invites you to enter our Sesame Street Live, “Can’t Stop Singing “giveaway for a chance to win show tickets or Meet & Greet passes. Coming to Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, March 15-17, 2013, “Can’t Stop Singing” is a fun new show with all your favorite Sesame Street Live characters. While visiting the Zoo March 4-10, submit your name to win a family four pack of vouchers good for any Oklahoma City show, or a Meet & Greet pass with Sesame Street Live characters. Winners will be randomly drawn on Monday, March 11, and notified by phone. Look for entry boxes inside the Zoo’s Guest Relations office, Safari Gifts and the ZooFriends membership office in the Global Plaza. Zoo admission is not required to enter this giveaway.

Bonus savings: Bring your Sesame Street Live ticket stub to the ZooFriends membership office in the Global Plaza and save $10 off of a ZooFriends membership! ZooFriends is offering $10 off of a new membership or renewal when you bring in a ticket stub from any Oklahoma City Sesame Street Live show. This offer is valid March 15- 31, 2013. Only one ticket stub may be redeemed per transaction.

 

MARCH 8:     OKC ZOO EDUCATION PROGRAM: EVENING STROLL WITH A NATURALIST

Need to unwind after work? The Zoo is a great place to burn a few calories while learning about nature. Join one of the Zoo’s Naturalists for this after-hours tour from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., which ends with hot chocolate at sunset. The cost per person is $15 for members and $18 for non-members.  This program is geared for ages 16 and up. Registrations can be made on-line at www.okczooed.com or by calling (405) 425-0218.

 

MARCH 11:   NEW EXPLORE A SEASHORE TOUCH POOL

The Zoo is bringing the beach to you. Discover sea life first hand at the Zoo’s new Explore A Seashore Touch Pool opening on Monday, March 11. Located in the upper aquarium area of the Noble Aquatic Center, this hands-on touch pool will connect guests of all ages to a variety of seashore dwellers including horseshoe crabs, pencil urchins, brittle stars, Bahama sea stars and a variety of snails. This attraction is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to experience with zoo admission.

 

MARCH 15:   EVENING UNDER THE SEA SLEEPOVER

Make plans for a family-fun Friday night that is definitely out of the ordinary. The Zoo’s Education Department is hosting a family program, Evening Under the Sea Sleepover, on Friday, March 15, from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. the next morning. This aquatic-themed overnight snooze is geared for ages four and up. Participants will enjoy learning more about the Zoo’s diverse collection of aquatic life, an exciting evening night hike and a morning tour. An evening snack and light breakfast will be provided. The cost is $25 per child and $10 per adult. Parents must accompany children.  Registrations can be made on-line at www.okczooed.com or by calling (405) 425-0218.

 

MARCH 16:   WEEKEND KEEPER CONNECTIONS

Talk to the rock stars of the Zoo world, the keepers! Keeper Connections are a great way to learn about your favorite animals from the people who care for them. Connect with wildlife while hearing and seeing how the Zoo strives to conserve and preserve our natural resources, and what you can do to help, too.  Our weekend Keeper Connections begin March 16, and continue through October 27, weather permitting. The complete schedule is as follows:

Saturdays

  • 11 a.m.           Koi Pond @ the Children’s Zoo
  • 11 a.m.           Red River Hogs
  • 11 a.m.           Birds/Parrots @ Great EscApe’s Observation Tower
  • 11:30 a.m.       Elephant Presentation @ the Elephant Pavilion (March-June)
  • 11:30 a.m.       Black Rhino (July-October)
  • 1:15 p.m.         Elephant Presentation @ the Elephant Pavilion
  • 1:30 p.m.         Birds of Prey (across from the picnic pavilions)
  • 1:30 p.m.         Great Apes (rotating conservation chats)
  • 2 p.m.              Upper Aquarium (Noble Aquatic Center)
  • 2:30 p.m.         River Otters @ Big Rivers, Oklahoma Trails
  • 3 p.m.              Tigers
  • 4 p.m.              Alligators @ Oklahoma Trails
  • 4 p.m.              Indian Rhino

Sundays

  • 10:30 a.m.       Cheetah (exciting lure run!)
  • 10:30 a.m.       Galapagos Tortoise @ Island Life
  • 11 a.m.            Red Pandas
  • 11 a.m.            Birds/Parrots @ Great EscApe’s Observation Tower
  • 11:30 a.m.       Elephant Presentation @ the Elephant Pavilion (March-June)
  • 11:30 a.m.       Black Rhino (July-October)
  • 1:15 p.m.         Elephant Presentation @ the Elephant Pavilion
  • 1:30 p.m.         Birds of Prey (across from the picnic pavilions)
  • 1:30 p.m.         Great Apes (rotating conservation chats)
  • 2 p.m.              Lower Aquarium (Noble Aquatic Center)
  • 2:30 p.m.         River Otters @ Big Rivers, Oklahoma Trails
  • 3 p.m.              Tigers
  • 4 p.m.              Indian Rhino

 

MARCH 19-22:          SPRING BREAK DAY CAMPS

The characters your children know and love from their favorite nursery rhymes come alive during our Spring Break day camps. Our single-day Spring Break camps offer a variety of activities including tours, up-close animal visits, crafts and games. This year’s camp themes include Big Bad Wolf, Riki-Tiki-Tavi, The Three Bears, and Along Came a Spider. All camps are for 4-5, 6-7 and 8-11 year olds, and meet daily from 9 a.m. to noon and include a snack. Cost is $20 per child/per day for ZooFriends and $25 per child/per day for non-members and requires advance registration and payment. Registrations can be made on-line at www.okczooed.com or by calling (405) 425-0218.

 

MARCH 23:   POISON PREVENTION AWARENESS DAY AT THE OKC ZOO

Help the Oklahoma Poison Control Center celebrate National Poison Prevention Week with a special day of activities at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Saturday, March 23, is Poison Prevention Awareness Day at the Zoo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children and families are invited to attend this free event to learn about the dangers of poisons, how to prevent poisonings and what to do if someone is poisoned. Activity stations will be set up in the Zoo’s Global Plaza. Come hang out with us and complete all of the stations for your chance to win a new bicycle and helmet!

 

MARCH 30:   OKC ZOO EDUCATION PROGRAM: ZOO TIME WITH GRANDPARENTS

Have a grand time at one of the Zoo’s new family education programs, Zoo Time with Grandparents. Grandkids, bring your grandparents to the Zoo’s Education Center on Saturday, March 30, for fun, activities, animal meet-n-greet, and a special presentation on Grandma’s Porch. The program is from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cost per person is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. All ages welcome. Registrations can be made on-line at www.okczooed.com or by calling (405) 425-0218.

 

MARCH:        ZOO ATTRACTIONS OFFER WILD FUN

With the Spring Break holiday, many of the Zoo’s attractions will be opening for the season. Add a little adventure to your Zoo visit with these exciting opportunities. Attractions are open weather permitting.

  • SEA LION SHOW:  Our sea lions will bring a smile to your face in these high-energy shows that demonstrate the natural strength and intelligence of these amazing animals. And a big splash of fun! The show schedule from Wednesday, March 13 through Sunday, March 24, is as follows: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The cost per person is $2. Children two and under are free.   
  • GIRAFFE FEEDING PLATFORM: Have you “herd”? You can feed the giraffes at the Zoo! Beginning Friday, March 8, regular operating hours, 11 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. daily, will begin again for the Zoo’s Giraffe Feeding Platform, weather permitting. Come feed our gentle giants. The cost per person is $3. 
  • ELEPHANT PRESENTATIONS: Come meet our girls, Asian elephants: Asha, Chandra and Asha’s calf, Malee. We encourage you to attend these complimentary elephant presentations taking place at the Elephant Pavilion Amphitheater located in the southeast area of the Zoo by Great EscApe.  Our elephant care givers will share their passion and knowledge of elephants with you while showing you how they care for our girls on a daily basis. All presentations are weather permitting with a temperature above 55 degrees.  

¨          March 1 – October 27:               Daily presentations at 1:15 p.m.

¨          Spring Break, March 11- 24:     Two presentations daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

¨          March 25 to May 18:                  Daily presentations at 1:15 p.m.

¨          May 18 to June 30:                     Two presentations daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

¨          July 1 to October 27:                  Daily presentations at 1:15 p.m.

¨          October 28 – December 28:       Presentations on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:15 p.m.

  • CHILDREN’S ZOO STREAM: Splish, splash! Our Children’s Zoo stream will reopen for the season on Monday, March 11. When planning your Zoo visit, keep in mind that little ones may get very wet so a change of clothes may be a good idea.

 

Give a warm welcome to our newest additions when you visit. Great EscApe is home to two new Western lowland gorillas. The Zoo received a special delivery on Valentine’s Day when a male gorilla was born to first-time mother Kelele. Both baby and mother are doing well. The second addition, Togo, is a 24-year-old male silverback, from the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul, Minnesota. Togo arrived at the Zoo in December and has been adjusting to his new surroundings and troop members, including Emily, Mikella, Gracie and Ndjole. Guests may be able to see both of our newest members at Great EscApe but public visibility will vary as all introductions are determined by the comfort levels of the animals.

Located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District, recognized as one of the top three family friendly zoos in the nation and the state’s #1 attraction, the Oklahoma City Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. with exhibit buildings closing at 4:45 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages three to 11 and seniors age 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Are you a Zoo fan?  Find us at www.facebook.com/okczoobg and @okczoo. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.com.

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