Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Philadelphia Zoo – Boo at the Zoo

Over the weekend we had an amazing day celebrating Halloween with a rowdy bunch of wild animals at The Philadelphia Zoo. The zoo is hosting Boo at the Zoo where you can trick or treat your way around all the exhibits. We had a blast trick or treating, visiting all the zoo animals, and seeing the other kids’ Halloween costumes.

Our son dressed up as a giraffe, which was a big hit among zoo employees and other visitors. We were getting all sorts of funny comments like “Oh no, one of the Giraffes escaped!” The Philadelphia Zoo has a baby giraffe right now, so it was fun to take pictures of my little Giraffe with the baby Giraffe at the zoo.

Baby Giraffe Abigail is sitting in front of her mom.  My baby giraffe loves visiting the giraffes at the zoo.
I liked that we were able to take our son on his first trick or treat experience in a safe, friendly environment. It was especially nice that it was held during the day. You end up with a bag of treats
including items like Jungle Animal Crackers, Herr’s Baked Cheese Puffs, M&Ms, Snickers, Twix, Skittles, Starburst, a safety flashing light for nighttime trick or treating adventures and much more. The zoo was decorated for Halloween and it’s always fun to visit the animals too.

I’ll admit we received the full experience! I wish I could say we were spooked by a creepy sounding creature like the Vampire Bats…yeah, yeah that sounds good. But no, here’s what happened. We were casually strolling along exploring the rather dark nighttime room in the small mammal house and glanced in an exhibit that appeared to be empty. Suddenly a clever little weasel popped up out of nowhere repeatedly jumping up on the glass right in front of us making a squealing sound as he excitedly attempted to scurry up the side of the glass. We all jumped and yes even screamed a little. That little weasel looked quite pleased with himself and I suspect we weren’t the first visitors to be spooked by this little guy. Afterward we laughed so hard about being completely spooked by such a tiny enclosed creature. I guess we really got a Boo at the Zoo!

If you missed it last weekend, Boo at the Zoo is still being held this weekend Saturday October 23rd and Sunday October 24th from 10am to 4pm. All the extra festivities are included in the regular zoo admission price. It’s a fun day for the whole family.

For more information visit The Philadelphia Zoo's website - Boo at the Zoo.

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