Thursday, October 18, 2012

Weekend Fun At The Park

Put on your best costume and join us for a fun, fall-themed weekend at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Come watch our animals enjoy special pumpkin enrichments and see how creative our keepers are at designing their jack-o-lanterns!
Zoo Boo lasts from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21 and is appropriate for all ages.

Festivities are FREE with admission and everyone in costume will receive a $2 discount off the general zoo admission rate. The popular event features indoor and outdoor activities, as well as treats, camel rides, face painting and more!
Special Zoo Boo Animal Enrichments:
11:00-3:00             Marine Discovery Center
11:00-3:00             Meerkats Pumpkin Enrichment
10:30 (Sat)            Underwater Pumpkin Carving, North Pacific Aquarium
10:30                     Tiger Cubs Pumpkin Enrichment
11:00                     South Pacific Aquarium Encounter
                                  Sat      Outer Reef Shark Feed & Pumpkin Enrichment
                                  Sun     Outer Reef Dive
11:30                     Tarantula Close Encounter, Upper N. Pacific Aquarium
12:00                     Polar Bear Pumpkin Enrichment & Keeper Talk
12:30                     Tiger Enrichment & Keeper Talk
1:00 (Sun)              Underwater Pumpkin Carving, North Pacific Aquarium
1:00                       Elephant Pumpkin Enrichment & Keeper Talk
1:30                       Wild Wonders Close Encounter: Owl, Skunk, Aardvark
2:00                       Red Wolves Pumpkin Enrichment & Keeper Talk
2:30                       Bat Close Encounter, Upper N. Pacific Aquarium
2:30                       Primate Enrichment, Asian Forest Sanctuary
3:00                       Walrus Enrichment, Rocky Shores
3:00                       Tiger Cubs Pumpkin Enrichment

Peggy Barchi, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 253-591-5339;
Anne Winters, communications & public relations coordinator, 253-208-1897;
Chilling stories haunt Fort Nisqually this Halloween
Celebrate Halloween in the style of past centuries by listening to ghost stories told around a roaring bonfire. The Fort Nisqually Foundation presents “Bonfires, Beaver Pelts & Bogeymen” from 7 to 9 pm on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27.
Follow a trail of glowing jack-o-lanterns to a blazing bonfire in the meadow beyond the fort’s walls. Storytellers from the past will send shivers down your spine as their words bring forth the spirits of the fur trade. The evening begins with “gentler” tales appropriate for all ages.  After a break for complimentary cider and cookies, the stories get increasingly scarier.
October nights can be as chilling as the stories so dress accordingly. Chairs or blankets to sit on are welcome. Please do not bring umbrellas. Seating begins at 6:30 pm, stories begin at 7 pm.
Tickets are $5 for adults/$3 for children if purchased in advance and $6 for adults/$4 for children at the event. Tickets are available online at
Participants should be aware of a traffic alert on Saturday, October 27 when the Black Cat Fun Run is also taking place at Point Defiance Park. Because of this, the main entrance to the park will close at 4 pm and traffic to Fort Nisqually will share a ½ mile stretch of Five Mile Drive with runners and walkers. Vehicles arriving for Fort Nisqually’s event Bonfires, Beaver Pelts & Bogeymen can enter the park from Mildred Street, drive around the Zoo parking lot and onto Five Mile Drive. Runners and vehicles will share the road for a ½ mile from this point until the beginning of the Outer Loop. A printable map of the detour is available at  

Located in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson's Bay Company outpost on the Puget Sound where visitors can travel back in time and experience life in Washington Territory during the Fur Trade era. Fort Nisqually is owned and operated by Metro Parks Tacoma.

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