August 2015 Special Events Announced for Palm Beach Zoo

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The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is announcing the following special events for the month of August 2015:

Safari Nights: August 7, August 14, August 21, August 28, 4:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. – The public is invited to the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society for all Friday evenings through August, with discounted admission beginning at 4:15 p.m. and entertainment starting at 5:30 p.m. The fun lasts until 9:00 p.m. in the Zoo’s newly-expanded “Safari Nights” series! The family-friendly events will feature a different theme each Friday night, and will include entertainment, such as the following activities:

·       Roving Animal Encounters, Keeper Talks & Training Sessions

·       Interactive Fountain Fun, Kid’s Games & Eco Craft Stations

·       DJ Dance Parties hosted by Noisy Neighbors DJs from Glass Productions

·       Giveaways

·       Dinner Specials in the Tropics Café and other “Themed” Fun Food Options

·       Children’s Entertainment of Various Themes such as Face Painting, Air Brush Tattoos, Costume Contests, Sand Art, Character Meet ‘n’ Greets, Bounce House or other Live Kid’s Entertainment

·       Photo Opportunities with the Palm Beach Zoo “Zoo Crew’s” Costume Characters: Timmy the Tiger, Bongo the Bear, and Teddy the Toucan (weather dependent)

·       Live Music for the Grown-Ups on the Tropics Cafe Deck Overlooking Baker Lake on Select Evenings

Vendor and sponsor opportunities are available for this family-friendly event, so interested parties can contact [email protected] for more details.

Pricing for “Safari Nights” is as follows:

·       Zoo Members                                           Free

·       Non-Member Adult (13 and older)            $15.95

·       Non-Member Child (3-12)                         $9.95

·       All Children under 3                                  Free

All Zoo members are admitted at no charge for all Safari Nights. The Safari Nights schedule for 2015 is as follows:

August 7: “Safari Night: Medieval Fest & Fairytales” — Children will enjoy interacting with medieval characters and their favorite fairytale princesses from A Fairy Tale Come True, themed games with prizes, keepsake crafts, giveaways, face painting, a DJ Dance Party hosted by Noisy Neighbors DJs, and themed photo opportunities throughout the Zoo. They can also dress to match the “Medieval & Fairytale” theme to be entered to win a $150 Palm Beach Zoo Prize Pack, with a winner to be drawn at the end of the summer.

August 14: “Safari Night: Pirate Fest” — Children will enjoy pirate themed games and prizes, keepsake crafts such as sand art, giveaways, face painting, a DJ Dance Party hosted by Noisy Neighbors DJs, and themed photo opportunities with pirate characters throughout the Zoo. They can also dress to match the “Pirate” theme to be entered to win a $150 Palm Beach Zoo Prize Pack, with a winner to be drawn at the end of the summer.

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August 21: “Safari Night: Dinosaur/Jurassic Night” — Children will enjoy dinosaur themed games such as a Dino Dig with prizes, keepsake crafts, giveaways, face painting, a DJ Dance Party hosted by Noisy Neighbors DJs, and themed photo opportunities with dino-scientist characters throughout the Zoo. They can also dress to match the “Dinosaur” theme to be entered to win a $150 Palm Beach Zoo Prize Pack, with a winner to be drawn at the end of the summer.

August 28: “Safari Night: Back to School Carnival” —  Children will enjoy school-themed games with prizes, keepsake crafts, giveaways, face painting, a DJ Dance Party hosted by Noisy Neighbors DJs, and themed photo opportunities with costume characters throughout the Zoo. They can also dress to match the “student in school” theme to be entered to win a $150 Palm Beach Zoo Prize Pack, with a winner to be drawn at the end of the summer.

Zoo Camp: August 3-7, August 10-14, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Children are invited to go wild this summer at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society during Zoo Camp! Each week offers a unique wildlife theme as participants experience zookeeping activities, behind-the-scenes tours, scavenger hunts, enriching conservation education activities and fountain fun in the Interactive Play Fountain.

Every day participants will enjoy up-close animal encounters, animal exhibit visits, crafts, games, and much more! The Zoo offers programs for ages 5 to 17 years of age. Optional Before/After Care from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. as well as an optional lunch can be added on to a Zoo Camp experience at additional charges.

To find out more information and to register for Zoo Camp, visit this link: http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/zoo-camp

Roar & Pour: August 8, 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Guests can enjoy a night at the Zoo during “Roar & Pour” at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society on Saturday, August 8, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Attendees can enjoy drinks, food and live music from the band Keep the Faith Bon Jovi Tribute Experience, playing from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Up-close animal encounters, entertaining zookeeper talks and a Due South Brewing Co. tap takeover will keep the fun going all evening. The Zoo will have some café tables and chairs in the Fountain area during the event, and guests are invited to bring folding lawn chairs for comfort while listening to the band.

Admission: Adult Non-Member (13 and older) $10, Adult Member (13 and older) $9, Child Non-Member (ages 3 through 12) $7, Child Member (ages 3 through 12) $6, Children under 3 are free. Admission prices start at 4:30 p.m. and live music begins at 7:30 p.m. Food and drinks are not included in the cost of admission.

Food Truck Safari: August 22, 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Feed your inner animal at some of South Florida’s best food trucks inside the Zoo, when the “Food Truck Safari” returns on Saturday, August 22, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy live music, beer, wine and frozen drinks from a Tiki Bar, exciting zookeeper talks and fun, up-close animal encounters along with culinary delights from a great selection of South Florida food trucks spread throughout the Zoo.

Admission, which does not include food and beverage purchases, is $9 for adult Zoo members, $10 for adult non-members, $6 for child Zoo members, $7 for child non-members and free for toddlers under age three. All food trucks are donating a portion of their proceeds toward Zoo operations. Trucks accept cash or credit. Gate proceeds support regular Zoo operations.

The Zoo encourages all food trucks to apply sustainable practices in their daily operations, and will once again give a “Sustainability Award” to the truck that excels in the most environmental and conservation sustainability categories in food production and presentation.

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The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches (d.b.a. the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society) exists to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. The Zoo is home to more than 500 animals on twenty-three shaded tropical acres, including endangered Malayan tigers, Mexican spider monkeys, jaguars and more. The Zoo is committed to sustainability on-site and in the community as a conservation leader for Palm Beach County.

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org.