Date(s) & Time(s)::
Daily from October 14, 2016 until October 16, 2016
Daily from October 20, 2016 until October 23, 2016
Daily from October 27, 2016 until October 31, 2016
Location: The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, 3411 Sherman Boulevard
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s 38th annual Wild Zoo Halloween presented by Star Financial Bank opens Friday, October 14 at noon, featuring adventure, family fun, and tasty treats that are just right for pint-sized guests.
Highlights of the upcoming weekend include:
Friday, October 14 “PLUMPkin” Day A super-sized pumpkin will be on display, and the guest who correctly guesses the pumpkin’s weight will win a prize. No additional charge beyond zoo admission.
Saturday, October 15 Princess Day
Princess characters and ballerinas will charm zoo guests from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at various locations within the zoo. Families are encouraged to take photos with the characters. No additional charge beyond zoo admission.
Sunday, October 16 Mascot Day
Meet local mascots from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. including Icy (Komets), Johnny (Tin Caps), Don the Mastodon (IPFW), and more. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s own Sydney the Kangaroo Mascot will also be out to greet guests. Appearance times may vary for each mascot. No additional charge beyond zoo admission.
Additional theme days at the Wild Zoo Halloween presented by Star Financial Bank include:
October 20 – Free Train Rides
October 21 – Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp – Animals get pumpkin treats
October 22 – Local Hero Day – Meet local fire, police, and military from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
October 23 – Star Wars Day – Meet Star Wars characters from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
October 27 – Cans for Conservation – Bring an empty aluminum can and get a free train ride ticket
October 28 – Scavenger Hunt
October 29 & October 30 – Truck & Tractor Weekend (new this year!) October 31 – Pumpkin Decorating Workshop – Decorate a mini pumpkin to take home
Details on all Wild Zoo Halloween presented by Star Financial Bank theme days are at http://kidszoo.org/wild-zoo-halloween/
Guests can trick-or-treat for candy at the Treat Trails, view zoo animals, meet Broomhilda the friendly witch, see giant-sized pumpkins, and more. Children can choose their own mini-pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch. Animal sculptures made out of pumpkins are always a guest favorite. Train riders will hear “Tale of the Twisted Tree” as they venture into the Franke Park woods.
During the event, the Central Zoo and the Australian Adventure will be open. Activities will also be located in the Parkview Physician Group Pavilions in African Journey.
Kids are encouraged to wear costumes. The zoo is decorated for Halloween and features several photo spots where guests can take their own pictures.
All treats offered at the Wild Zoo Halloween presented by Star Financial Bank are palm-oil free or are manufactured by companies that are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The sustainable production of palm oil is crucial to the survival of orangutans, because their rain forest habitat is often destroyed to create poorly managed and unsustainable palm oil plantations.
The Wild Zoo Halloween presented by Star Financial Bank is a fundraiser for the zoo, which is a nonprofit organization receiving no tax funding for operations.
Admission to the Wild Zoo Halloween presented by Star Financial Bank is $5 for all ages; admission with treats is $9 for all ages. Zoo Members receive $2 off admission. Babies age 1 and under are admitted free but are charged $4 if they receive treats. Additional fees are charged for the Z.O.&O. Railroad, pony ride, and bead bracelet-making. Food is available for purchase.
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