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SUMMER HAPPENINGS AT THE OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO - 2013

Posted by Tara Henson on 06/07/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  June 4, 2013

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

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

 

SUMMER HAPPENINGS AT THE OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO

 

JUNE–AUGUST:       SUMMER DAY CAMPS AT THE ZOO

The Oklahoma City Zoo’s summer day camps will help kids connect to nature and animals in a fun way. Enroll your children today in our enriching and entertaining four-day camps taking place June through August. Campers will have the opportunity to experience an animal up-close, crafts, games and walks around the Zoo. Camp details:

  • All camps meet Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Zoo’s Education Department.
  • Each camp week features a different theme.
  • Camps are designed for children three to 15 years old.
  • Cost is $100 per child with a ZooFriends membership and $110 per child for non-members.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • A snack will be provided but children need to bring their own lunch.
  • For the compete schedule of camps, visit www.okczooed.com. Birth certificates are required to verify age. Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and may be made online at http://okczoo.recware.com or by calling the Zoo’s Education Department at (405) 425-0218.

JUNE–AUGUST 29:  OBI AND ZOO SUMMER PARTNERSHIP

Feel fierce. Give blood…visit the Zoo–for free! Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) and the Zoo are teaming up for a good cause. When you donate blood at any OBI mobile drive or donor center now through August 29, you will receive two free adult admission tickets to the Zoo, an OBI T-shirt, health screenings and Donor Rewards Points. The Zoo vouchers are good through December 31, 2013. Mark your calendar for June 11, OBI will have a mobile drive at the Zoo from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

TUESDAYS IN JUNE AND JULY:  WILD TUESDAYS STORY TIME SAFARIS

Books take us on the best adventures! Join the Zoo and Junior League of Oklahoma City every Tuesday in June and July for Wild Tuesdays Story Time Safaris. Volunteers from the Junior League of Oklahoma City will host these weekly story sessions at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Grandma’s Porch in the Children’s Zoo. Sessions include “wild” stories, a craft activity, a snack and juice box, plus a visit from a Zoo keeper. Each session lasts approximately 25 minutes. Geared towards children 11 and under, this activity is free to attend with paid Zoo admission. 

JUNE 08:        WORLD OCEAN’S DAY

What’s the commotion?  The ocean! Saturday, June 8, is World Ocean’s Day and to celebrate the Zoo is planning family-fun activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Noble Aquatic Center: Aquaticus. Learn about the world’s oceans and aquatic inhabitants and how we in Oklahoma are connected. We love water so much that we are going to keep the celebration going throughout the month of June. Guests will enjoy learning about water conservation during regularly scheduled sea lion shows, Keeper Connections and Wild Tuesdays Story Time Safaris.

JUNE 16: FATHER'S DAY

Flatter your father by bringing him to the Zoo on Sunday, June 16. All dads get in FREE with any paid Zoo admission.

JUNE 21:        ZOOBILATION

Come on, let’s celebrate Zoo style! The Oklahoma Zoological Society (OZS) and the Oklahoma City Zoo invite you to Zoobilation on Friday, June 21, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Zoobilation is OZS’s annual no-tie gala and largest fundraising event for the Zoo. The Zoo’s Children’s Zoo provides a fun and whimsical setting for the evening’s festivities including gourmet bites from Oklahoma City’s favorite restaurants, adult beverages such as our signature zootini, a silent auction and live music by Avenue! This 21-and-over event is limited to 700 guests. Individual tickets are $100. In preparation for Zoobilation, the Canopy Restaurant will close at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. On Friday, June 21, the Children’s Zoo will be closed all day and the Zoo will be closing at 2 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to visit early this day. Zoobilation will be held rain or shine. For more information, please contact Brianne Hinojosa at (405) 425-0612 or visit www.zoofriends.org.

NOW–SEPTEMBER 07:       STAY LATE AND PLAY ON SATURDAYS

Now through September 7, the Zoo will remain open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays with exhibit buildings closing at 7:45 p.m. All guests must leave Zoo grounds at closing time. And with the Zoo opening at 8 a.m. beginning July 1, you can visit the Zoo from 8 to 8 on Saturday–from sun up to sun down.

WEDNESDAYS IN JULY and AUGUST:                WAY BACK WEDNESDAYS

The Zoo is going way back with its prices on Way Back Wednesdays! Every Wednesday in July and August guests of all ages will receive admission for $1 per person. Children two and under are free. Additional “way back” deals on these groovy Wednesdays include a hot dog, small popcorn, small drink, Safari Voyage boat ride, Centennial Choo Choo and Carousel ride; each for just a dollar! Sea lion show times on Wednesdays during July and August are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Now through August 7, all sea lion shows are cancelled due to construction in the area.

JULY 01:        MORNING ZOO RISE

Wake up Oklahoma and explore! Starting July 1, the Zoo will open at 8 a.m. daily through August 25.

JULY 01–31:              2013 CAPTURE THE WILD PHOTO CONTEST

Enter your prize Zoo photos in the Oklahoma Zoological Society’s (OZS) "Capture the Wild Photo Contest" and submit photos of mammals, landscapes, reptiles, birds and more from the Zoo. Photos are categorized and judged in both youth and adult divisions. Entries are due July 31. After the contest, several of the photos, including the year's winners, comprise the annual ZooFriends calendar. The full-color calendar is one of the benefits of ZooFriends membership and sells in the Zoo gift shop to help support special projects and needs at the Zoo. For more information about the contest and to view the categories, visit www.zoofriends.org.

JULY 04:        INDEPENDENCE DAY

Red, white and ZOO! Yes, the Zoo is open on Independence Day, Thursday, July 4. Regular hours and admissions apply.

JULY 17:        SALES TAX APPRECIATION DAY

The Zoo thanks you for all you do. On Wednesday, July 17, admission to the Zoo will be FREE for everyone! In recognition of Oklahoma City citizens passing a 1/8 of a cent dedicated sales tax to the Zoo in 1990, admission to the Zoo is free for all on July 17. Come take advantage of the FREE admission and visit the Zoo.

JULY 20:        BOWLING FOR RHINOS

On Saturday, July 20, join Oklahoma City Zoo staff and friends for the 19th annual Bowling for Rhinos event hosted by the Oklahoma City Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK). An annual fundraiser supporting rhino conservation, Bowling for Rhinos, is a good time for all ages. This year’s event is being held at Heritage Lanes (NW 122nd and N Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City) starting at 7 p.m. Registration is $25 per bowler and includes shoe rental, three games of bowling, dinner, fabulous door prize opportunities and a t-shirt. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit rhino conservation in Asia and Africa. AAZK and the Oklahoma City Zoo value and appreciate your support and participation in this event. Registration forms are available at www.okczoo.com or in the Zoo’s Guest Relations office. To learn more call (405) 425-0262.

AUGUST 10:  CHILL OUT AT THE ZOO

Come on, chill out! The Oklahoma City Zoo has cool fun planned for its guests and animals during Chill Out at the Zoo on Saturday, August 10. From 9 a.m. to noon, many of the Zoo’s animals will enjoy chill out-themed enrichment activities such as ice pops and water toys. Beat the heat this summer and Chill Out at the Zoo!

AUGUST 03-31:  ART GONE WILD: PAINTINGS BY OKC ZOO ANIMALS

The Oklahoma City Zoo will be hosting its fourth annual Art Gone Wild art show at the In Your Eye Studio and Gallery (3005 Paseo, Oklahoma City, 73103) in the Paseo Arts District featuring works created by our own animal artists. Each work of art has been made especially for the show by the Zoo’s talented residents with some help from their care givers. Techniques vary by animal; some use a paint brush while others choose to paint with their paws, claws and even noses! Artist animals will include sea lions, grizzly bears, elephants, snakes, rhinoceros and more! Each work of art is for sale and all profits support the Zoo’s conservation projects (and fresh canvases for next year). Opening night will be Friday, August 2, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

AUGUST 03:  VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT

Every day dedicated individuals volunteer their time and talents enriching the Zoo; its guests, plants and animals. Now you can help, too. The Zoo is searching for passionate, dependable individuals 18 or older to apply to become Animal Area, Horticulture and/or dive volunteers. If you are interested in one of these opportunities, attend our Volunteer Recruitment on Saturday, August 3 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.

Save the date for these upcoming happenings… 

  • Summer:             Stingray Bay
  • September 07:    Last late Saturday
  • September 27:    ZooBrew V
  • October 05-13:  Pumpkin Drive
  • October 05:        OKC Zoo Costume Swap
  • October 06:        Pistol Pete’s 90th Birthday Celebration at the Zoo
  • October 26-31:  30th Annual Haunt the Zoo for Halloween

 

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. The Zoo is open to 8 p.m. on Saturdays through September 7, with buildings closing at 7:45 p.m. Guests must exit grounds at closing. Regular admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children 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 okczoo.com.

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