The Baton Rouge Zoo has scheduled its annual Zippity Zoo Fest for next month.
Zoo Official Robyn Lott said in a press release, the forthcoming festival is going to occur on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Zippity Zoo Fest will mark the anniversary of the Baton Rouge Zoo opening in 1970.
“Zippity Zoo Fest is one that’s particularly near and dear to the Zoo” said Phil Frost, Zoo Director. “Not only does it provide the perfect atmosphere for children and their parents to shake off their cabin fever, but it allows all of us to celebrate the many years of connecting people with wildlife and wild places since the Zoo first opened 48 years ago.”
Zippity Zoo Fest 2018 activities are listed below:
- Children’s Village
Our Capital One Pavilion is transformed this weekend into a free Children’s Village with giant inflatables! Parents watching their children can also enjoy the adjacent Entertainment Stage and seating area under the pavilion.
- Entertainment Stage
Located next to our Children’s Village, enjoy the talents of groups from across the area, as well as local bands.
- EdZooCation Station
Stop by the EdZooCation Station for fun and learning! At EdZooCation Station, adults and children alike will enjoy a variety of interactive games to help learn about animal facts, animal conservation and pollination. You’ll also get to meet some of our education department’s animal ambassadors!
Keeper Chats & Animal Enrichments
Hear from our Zoo Keepers, ask questions and learn how we care for our animals daily. At select chats, watch our animals enjoy a special Zoo birthday treat, while you enjoy a piece of free Zoo birthday cake!
- Face Painting
What could be more fun than spending the day with tigers, bears and flamingos? Having one painted on your face! Visit our face painting to experience the Zoo in style. $1 per face painting.
- Photo Contest Winners Gallery
Visit our education building (located toward the back of the Zoo, next to the Galapagos Tortoise/Flamingo Exhibit) to see the WINNERS of our photo contest. Sponsored by The Advocate, the photo contest is open to photographers of all ages and experience levels. Winners will be announced at Zippity Zoo Fest, and their printed photos will be on exhibit, gallery-style, throughout the 2-day event.
- AAZK Booth
Visit the Baton Rouge Chapter of American Association of Zoo Keeper (AAZK). This year at Zippity, AAZK is raising money for Bowling For Rhinos, their national philanthropy. Stop by to talk with our Zoo Keepers, learn about the amazing things they do for rhinos and take your chance at their ring toss game. $1 per try; all proceeds benefit AAZK philanthropy projects, continuing education and professional development.
With the support of our partner organizations around the city, the Zoo will be filled with various activity booths!
Lott said, Zoo grounds will close at 6 p.m. on April 7 and April 8.
To enjoy the Zippity Zoo Fest, visitors will have to pay the regular Zoo admission price.