RIP haunted houses and screams. We’re focusing on FUN (not fear) this Halloween! Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is introducing an all new happier Halloween experience known as ZooBoo KIDS, presented by floridacentral Credit Union on select days in October.
Designed for a younger audience (age 11 & under), ZooBoo KIDS is a daytime Halloween celebration with a whimsical twist — candy, bats and scaredy cats. This year’s “fright-free” festivities start at 1 p.m. with extended Zoo hours until 7 p.m. on event days.
“The Zoo is a place where families can make memories every time they visit,” said Tony Moore, chief operating officer. “We wanted to create a new experience that represented Halloween through the eyes of a child — a whimsical world of costumes, candy and fairytales. At ZooBoo KIDS, families will find all of these things in a safe and fear-free atmosphere.”
Activities will include:
Crazy Corn Maze
Jeepers Creepers Animal Encounters
Kooky Not Spooky Character Appearances
Scaredy Cat’s Fun House
Not-So-Scary Story Time
Fun Fortune Teller
Pumpkin Toss Animal Enrichments
Costumes, Characters and Barnyard Animals Parade
Monster Mash Groovy Tunes
Halloween Cookie Decorating*
Little boys and “ghouls” (age 11 & under) are invited to come in their most spooktacular attire and have a howling good time with their favorite furry and feathered friends. Plus, watch some of the Zoo’s animals have a smashing good time too with pumpkin enrichments on select days.
Unlike prior years, ZooBoo KIDS is a daytime event. Activities are included with Zoo daytime admission and free for Zoo members. Dates are October 10-11, 17-18, 23-26, 30-31 and Nov. 1. Fright-free festivities (no haunted houses) start at 1 p.m. with extended Zoo hours until 7 p.m.
ZooBoo KIDS is a no-scare zone. Toy weapons of any sort will not be permitted. For the comfort and safety of all guests, adults (ages 12 and older) are prohibited from wearing masks, wigs, face paint or costumes of any kind. Adults must accompany children during the event.
Activities are included with paid Zoo admission or Zoo membership. Visit www.LowryParkZoo.org/ZooBooKIDS for details. he Zoo gratefully acknowledges presenting sponsor floridacentral Credit Union as well as additional sponsors who make this event possible: MetroPCS, Edy’s Ice Cream, Robinsons® Fruit Shoot, Lindsay Olives, T.G. Lee TruMoo, Seal Swim School and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
* Designates a fee-based activity