This is a guest post from local blogger Debra Rutt, AKA The Harried Mom.
Debra Rutt is a life-long Bergen County, NJ gal growing up in Leonia and now residing in the Pascack Valley with her husband and two young children. Outside of her mommy CEO duties, she works full time in New York City handling entertainment PR. Debra writes about the fun and funny in everyday life as a mom, wife, friend and career gal, but not necessarily in that order on her blog The Harried Mom. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
The Bronx Zoo’s annual Boo At The Zoo has become sort of a family tradition in our house. We’ve gone for the past three years. Every weekend throughout the month of October the zoo is jam-packed with fun animal-themed, kid-friendly, not-so scary, Halloween events. The zoo features hay mazes, costume parades, creature chats, 3-D pumpkin displays, creepy craft theater, music, magic, and oh yeah, don’t forget all the amazing animals!!
This year’s Boo At The Zoo also highlights Dragons & Dinosaurs. You can take a safari ride back in history to pre-historic days and see a variety of animatronic dinosaurs from all different eras. Visitors can also see the zoo’s newest attraction featuring a komodo dragon! Kids are encouraged to come in costume for their visit to the Bronx Zoo during the month of October. There are also several “treat stations” located throughout the zoo, which will help sweeten their visit some healthy snacks for kids.
Before You Go:
1. You can save 10% if you buy your tickets online in advance by going to thebronxzoo.com. These tickets give you unlimited access to Dinosaur Safari, 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, Congo Gorilla Forest, JungleWorld, Butterfly Garden, Zoo Shuttle and the Wild Asia Monorail, which regularly involves an additional cost. You’ll be able to breeze right in when you arrive at the zoo and avoid the often long ticket lines.
2. Consider purchasing a Family Premium Membership if you plan on making more than one trip to the zoo a year. It’s $189 price tag might seem pricey, but it includes unlimited entrance for up to two adults, plus kids up to 18 years of age and one guest per visit for an entire year; access to all five of the Wildlife Conservation Society Parks including the Central Park Zoo and the New York Aquarium; free parking (which is a major savings) and 10% discounts on all food and merchandise your purchase at the zoo/aquarium, among other benefits. You also get a cool Wildlife Conservation Society t-shirt to display your love for the zoo!
3. Bring in your own food and refreshments. This is one of the things I love about visiting any of the World Conservation Society (which runs the zoo) attractions. We usually bring a rolling cooler that I pack sandwiches, snacks and bottles of water. There are picnic areas and tables located throughout the park. We’ll splurge and buy one of those speciality cup drinks which entitles you to free refills all day!
4. Go online and download a map of the zoo to plan out your visit. Make your list of what animals and which exhibits you want to see and figure out which one you want to see first. From there you can determine what parking lot you should go to. Want to ride the Asia Monorail, then park at Asia Gate; want to hit the Congo, park at the Southern Blvd Gate and if you want to see the sea lions get fed, park at the Fordham Blvd. Gate.
5. Take advantage of the free shows and crafting events the zoo offers. There is a rotating roster of age-appropriate plays, musical acts and even meet and greets with your favorite TV, cartoon and storybook characters which are always posted in advance online. The crafts take place over at the Dancing Crane Café area and are always a great way to keep the kids entertained while either mom or dad is getting the family food for lunch. They are quick, simple and something fun for the kids to take home. Here’s one of the Boo at Zoo crafts my kids did – making cat masks!
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however, The Harried Mom blog is participating in a sponsored ambassador program from the Bronx Zoo/NY Aquarium. As a part of this program I have received a premium family membership and merchandise for placement of specific postings related to programming.