Jul
25

Boo at the Zoo tickets go on sale Aug. 1 — buy early and save

Posted by Lorain County Moms

Don’t miss your chance to experience Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s 20th anniversary celebration of Boo at the Zoo. Pre-sale tickets to Cleveland’s biggest family-friendly Halloween bash go on sale Aug. 1.

Tickets for this wildly popular event are only $6 during August, $7 in September and $8 in October. You can purchase your Boo at the Zoo tickets by visiting clemetzoo.com or by stopping by the Zoo box office. Kids under 2 are free, and zoo members receive $1 off the ticket price.

This year’s event is October 15-18 and 22-25 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Highlights include the Creepy Crawly Critter Live Animal Show, the Not-so-Haunted Greenhouse, the Jack-O-Lantern Express Train Ride, the Halloween Hay Maze, puppet shows, magic shows and lots more. All kids receive a complimentary treat bag.

Everyone’s encouraged to wear fun costumes that aren’t too scary. Boo at the Zoo offers eight nights of family-friendly fun in a safe environment, so be sure to buy your tickets early. The only scary part of Boo at the Zoo is missing out!

To learn more, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.

Jun
01

Build memories with Dad at Cleveland Zoo

Posted by Lorain County Moms

While Cleveland Metroparks Zoo builds a new elephant exhibit, fathers and their children can build memories by attending the first-ever Hard Hat Day at the Zoo this Father’s Day, June 21.
All dads receive free admission to the Zoo from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, and special activities for the whole family will be offered throughout the day.
As construction continues on African Elephant Crossing, the Zoo’s new state-of-the-art elephant conservation center, equipment and earth are in constant motion. Several large pieces of equipment used in the construction will be on display for up-close viewing.
Building on a smaller scale will take place in the Palava Hut Pavilion as everyone in the family can participate in the LOWE’S Build and Grow birdhouse-building project. Children can don a carpenter’s apron and, with adult supervision, construct a birdhouse to take home and hang in their own backyards. Birdhouse kits are available while supplies last.
Nearby on the Zoo’s Welcome Plaza, Zoo staff will present Get Close animal programs with some of the Zoo’s most interesting and interactive animals.
Zoo staff will also be posted at various exhibits to point out animal fathers and their interesting characteristics. They will highlight resident dads like “Jimma,” a black rhino, and “Tiram,” an orangutan.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with extended summer weekend hours. Admission is $10 per person ages 12 and older, $7 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children under 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 77, 90 and 480.
To learn more, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.

Apr
06

A place for Moms of every kind

Posted by Lorain County Moms

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Since mothers come in all shapes, sizes and species, what better place to celebrate Mother’s Day than at the Zoo? All moms receive FREE admission to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and The RainForest on Sunday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Throughout the day, educational interpreters will answer questions and educate visitors about various animal mothers. Get-Close programs will allow guests to visit face-to-face with some of the Zoo’s smaller animals.

To keep Mom healthy, University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital will provide free information from healthcare experts, blood pressure screenings, pedometers (while supplies last) and walking maps of the Zoo featuring calories burned and good food choices. Mom can use the pedometer and map to chart a course for fun and fitness.

For those who enjoy the outdoors, the Zoo’s Manager of Horticulture Don Krock will lead walking tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to highlight resident flowering trees and shrubs. Once you whet your appetite for gardening, head to the Palava Hut Pavilion to plant sunflower seeds in a biodegradable pot to take home.

Treat Mom’s taste buds by reserving a spot at the annual Mother’s Day Breakfast inside The RainForest. The breakfast features a full menu, including an omelet station. The cost of the breakfast is $23.75 for member adults (12 and up), $28.75 for non-member adults, $18.50 for member children (2 – 11), $23.50 for non-member children and free for children under 2. Breakfast is served 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Doors open at 8 a.m. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 635-3389.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with extended summer weekend hours. Admission is $10 per person ages 12 and older, $7 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children under 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480. To learn more, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.

Mar
06

Second dated added for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Posted by besttech

Due to popular demand, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has added a second date for its Breakfast with the Easter Bunny.

Reservations are being accepted now for the holiday festivities on Saturday, March 28, at the Zoo’s Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building.

The April 4 Breakfast with the Easter Bunny has SOLD OUT. Space is limited, so get your tickets today by calling (216) 635-3300.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny includes a full breakfast buffet, an outdoor Easter egg hunt, face-painting, crafts, Get Close Animal Encounters and, of course, visits with the Easter Bunny.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $27.50 per person, $23.50 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children under 2. Tickets include all-day admission to the Zoo and The RainForest.

Zoo members’ tickets are discounted to $22.50 per person and $18.50 for children ages 2 to 11.

To learn more, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.

Jan
19

Heart to Heart Day is Feb. 16 at Cleveland Zoo

Posted by besttech

Cardiac health for humans – and gorillas – is at the heart of a special program coming up at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Over the past few years, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has taken a lead role in the Gorilla Health Project, a nationwide collaboration aimed at addressing cardiac issues in zoo gorillas by studying factors such as diet, exercise, family history and more, the same issues considered in managing human heart health.

You can learn more about cardiac health in both gorillas and humans during “Heart to Heart Day” at the Zoo on Monday, Feb. 16.  The fun pumps from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with heart-healthy activities for everyone, including the Zoo’s gorillas, in celebration of National Heart Awareness Month and the Zoo’s Gorilla Health Project.

From noon to 1 p.m., Cleveland’s very own “Biggest Loser” celebrity, Jerry Skeabeck, will meet Zoo visitors at the Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building and discuss how he took control of his own heart health through weight loss and exercise.

In addition, as part of Heart to Heart Day, Zoo visitors can sample specially baked high-fiber, heart-healthy treats like the ones custom made for the Zoo’s gorillas. Other activities include opportunities to meet the gorilla keepers, observe gorilla enrichment activities and feedings, meet Dr. Pam Dennis, the Zoo’s epidemiologist and chief collaborator of the Gorilla Health Project, and more.

Also at the Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building, visitors can “Follow the Beatin’ Path” to learn more about how the Zoo helps its gorillas stay “heart healthy.”  The American Heart Association will be on hand to offer ideas on how to keep your own family in good heart health.

On Heart to Heart Day, admission to the Zoo is free for residents of Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township.  Northeast Ohio’s most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Discounted winter admission through March 31 is $7 per person, $5 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children under 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free.  Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 77, 90 and 480.
To learn more, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.

Dec
12

Cleveland Metroparks’ list of 2009 events

Posted by besttech

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo presents another wild year of special events and programs in 2009.  There’s something for everyone, so mark your calendars today!

Polar Bear Days: Jan. to 31.  On any day the mercury stays at or below
32 degrees, take half off the already reduced winter admission rate, making it just $3.50 per person, $2.50 for ages 2 to 11 and free for kids and Zoo members.  Visit clemetzoo.com to see if it’s a Polar Bear Day.  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Volunteer Safari:  Saturday, March 21 and Wednesday, March 25.  Learn how you can join the elite corps of volunteers that makes the Zoo one of the best in the world.  Opportunities range from greeting guests to leading kids crafts.  Sessions start at 9:30 a.m.

EarthFest: Sunday, April 19.  Ohio’s largest environmental education event returns with live music, more than 150 environmental exhibits, a recycling center, an organic food market and discounted Zoo admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mother’s Day at the Zoo: Sunday, May 10.  Moms get free Zoo admission and tram tours highlight some of the Zoo’s most popular moms.  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photo Safari: May 25 – September 7.  This amateur photography contest awards the best photos of the Zoo and its animals.  Prizes in five categories.

Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo: Saturday, June 13.  Hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from local animal shelters will be available for adoption.  Plus, get pet-care tips and training advice from the experts.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Father’s Day at the Zoo: Sunday, June 21.  Dads get free Zoo admission and tram tours highlight some of the Zoo’s most popular fathers.  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Senior Safari: Friday, June 26 and Friday, Aug. 28.  Everyone 55 and older gets free admission to the Zoo, complimentary fitness demonstrations and health-screenings.  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ZooBlooms: Sunday, July 19.  Tour the Zoo’s 168 acres of gardens, witness the annual ladybug release and get gardening tips from our expert Horticulturists.  10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Creature Comforts: Saturday, Aug. 15.  Watch enrichment demonstrations meant to keep the Zoo’s animals physically active and mentally engaged. Plus, get tips for ways you can enrich your pets’ lives.  10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Teddy Bear Day: Saturday, Sept. 26.  Bring your teddy bear for a check-up at the Zoo’s Center for Zoological Medicine and learn how veterinarians care for all the Zoo’s animals large and small.  Activities 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wolf Awareness Day: Saturday, Oct. 10.  Learn all about wolves and the need to protect them.  Crafts and activities 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo: Oct. 15 to 18 and 22 to 25.  Cleveland’s premier Halloween event for families includes the Creepy Crawly Critter Show, magic shows, live music, the Not-So-Haunted Greenhouse, kids crafts and more. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving at the Zoo: Thursday, Nov. 26.  Free admission for everyone, animal enrichment demonstrations, special feedings and Meet-the-Keeper sessions.  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Breakfast With Santa: Saturdays, Dec. 5 and 12.  Join Santa and his helpers for a hearty meal followed by a ride on the Sleighbell Express to see the Zoo’s reindeer.  Bring a camera to have your picture taken with Santa.  Seatings at 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

December Days: Dec. 21 to 24 and 26 to 30.  Enjoy discounted admission and a festive holiday setting.  Ice-carving demonstrations, live music and holiday crafts.  Special activities 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Noon Year’s Eve: Thursday, Dec. 31.  Ring in 2010 during daylight hours with live animal shows, crafts, music, an alcohol-free toast and a traditional ball drop at noon.  Special activities 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Event details, including times and dates, are subject to change.  For more details, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Regular admission is $10 per person, $6 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children under 2 and Zoo members.  From November through March, regular admission is reduced to $7 per person ages 12 and older, $5 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children under 2 and Zoo members.  Parking is free.  Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 77, 90 and 480.

Nov
28

Celebrate Noon Year’s Eve at the Zoo

Posted by besttech

Noon Year’s Eve Returns to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Celebrate the arrival of 2009 before dark at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s third annual Noon Year’s Eve bash.

The family-friendly New Year’s Eve party features fun activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31.

Noon Year’s Eve features a countdown and ball drop at noon on the Zoo’s Welcome Plaza, allowing kids and parents to ring in the new year together without staying up too late.  Zoo admission during Noon Year’s Eve is discounted to $6 for adults, $4 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children under 2 and Zoo members.

Kids will have the opportunity to make eco-friendly noisemakers during Noon Year’s Eve, and the first 2,500 kids under 12 will receive complimentary refreshments including Vitamin Water, Fuze beverages, bagels and chips.
Other highlights include ice carving demonstrations, opportunities to make New Year’s ReZOOlutions and special new-year performances of Dr. Z’s Wild Animal Show at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Zoo Auditorium.

Radio Disney’s Road Crew will host its “MOVE IT!” youth and family fitness program to the top family hits of 2008 and give away lots of prizes to kids.

Visitors to Noon Year’s Eve are encouraged to arrive early as traffic delays around the Zoo may occur before the noontime countdown and ball drop.  The Zoo’s gates will open at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 31. More than 10,000 people attended last year’s Noon Year’s Eve celebration.

The Zoo is closed on New Year’s Day.

Northeast Ohio’s most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Discounted winter admission through March 31, is $7 per person, $5 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children under 2 and Zoo members.  Parking is free.  Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 77, 90 and 480.

To learn more, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.

Nov
25

A feast for the beasts at Cleveland Zoo

Posted by besttech

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo released some fun facts about feeding the animals on Thanksgiving Day and every other day, too. (The zoo is open on Thanksgiving Day, and it’s free, too.)

Anyhow, here’s the neat little read that the zoo’s public relations folks sent out…

If preparing a big turkey dinner for all your relatives this Thanksgiving has you feeling a little overwhelmed, just imagine how the animal keepers at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo must feel.  They’ll be preparing Thanksgiving feasts for the Zoo’s nearly 3,000 animals – and, yes, there are plenty of picky eaters in the bunch.

To celebrate the holiday, everyone receives free admission to the Zoo and The RainForest on Thanksgiving Day, and special animal feedings will be held throughout the day.  To tide you over until then, here are some highlights from the daily menu for the animals at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo:

*    20 pounds of horsemeat are served to the Zoo’s three tigers each week..

*    The Zoo’s female sun bear “Scruffy” eats a cup and a half of Uncle Ben’s Whole-Grain Brown Rice every day.

*    15,600 pounds of eucalyptus are served to the Zoo’s three koalas each year.  (300 pounds are shipped in weekly from Arizona and Florida.)

*    The Zoo’s four harbor seals and California sea lion eat about 50 pounds of fish a day, including herring, mackerel and sardines.

*    Male gorillas Bebac and Mokolo get 8 heads of lettuce daily.  (They also receive 60 high-fiber biscuits that are specially baked for them at the Zoo commissary.)

*    The giant Pacific octopus eats 2 to 3 crabs or shrimp every other day.

*    70 pounds of produce including apples, bananas, carrots and yams are served to the Zoo’s four rhinos each week.

*    The eight white-backed vultures share 4 rabbits per week.

*    2 bales of hay are shared by seven female giraffes every day.

*    Seven Colobus monkeys share 7 heads of lettuce per day and about 5 pounds of fruits and vegetables.

The above items and quantities represent only a portion of the animals’ diets, which are carefully planned by the Zoo’s veterinarians, keepers and curators.

Oct
20

A Bennett family tradition: Boo at the Zoo

Posted by Shaun Bennett
Boo at the ZooThe Bennett family has been members of Cleveland’s Metroparks Zoo since 2002 — joining just five months after the birth of our daughter Stephanie, which may be why she’s only 6 years old and has flipped between being a veterinarian and a pet-store owner several times as her career of choice.
So we hit the zoo or the rainforest at least two or three times a month, and we’ve always attended Boo at the Zoo — the annual Halloween event where kids can don their costumes and romp around the zoo at night — at least once per year.
This year’s event was fun because the weather — we went Saturday night — was cooperative, but it was also a bit disappointing because of the current construction — both on the roads into the zoo and within the zoo itself — and the apparent scaling back of some of the attractions.
There seemed to be less going on compared to years past, and it was a little harder to figure out what was going on where and how to navigate through the construction fencing to get there.
The biggest pluses were the new Pirate animal show that took place on the ampitheater stage. This has been the area for Radio Disney to perform the past few years. The radio station would have interns dance and sing with the kids and give away prizes, a really fun experience for the kids. They moved this event to a tent farther back in the zoo, and focused the theme on the soon-to-be-released movie “High School Musical 3″ — so my daughter was in heaven.
The zoo built a huge Pirate ship and the zoo keepers who ran the stage show were donned in full buccanner regalia — it’s obvious the zoo spent some cash to make this show look good — and they brought out potential “recruits” for their pirate crew, including an owl, snake, hissing cockroaches and a skink.
The show in the Australian Outback area was also modified from an animal act to a storytelling show, the band that plays in the wolves’ den went from being aliens to being ghosts and a second magic act was added in the Northern Trek — the original magic show is under a tent near the front gate.
Why the event may be down slightly from what we’ve experienced in the past, it’s still one that I would recommend families who haven’t gotten to experience it at all get out to check it out. It will run four more times — Thursday through Sunday — and tickets (which are very affordable and available at Giant Eagle) are needed as the night will be sold out by the time you get there.
Oct
08

Take your pups to enjoy Wolf Awareness Day at the Zoo

Posted by Alicia Castelli

Lead your pack to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for Wolf Awareness Day on Saturday, October 11. Kids will have a howling good time with wolf-themed special activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Eager pups can visit the Zoo’s Wolf Lodge to make wolf-paw pendant necklaces and wolf headbands. Plus, kids can play “PSI: Predator Scene Investigation” and learn how wolves communicate through howls and body language.

At 1 p.m., everyone’s invited to a cultural presentation by Robert Roche, Executive Director of the American Indian Education Center in Cleveland, about the significance of wolves, coyotes and wildlife to American Indians. And you can visit the Wolf Lodge Conservation Station, where you can learn about threats to the grey wolf population and what you can do to help this North American species.

The Zoo’s female grey wolf, L.P., will be on exhibit at Wolf Wilderness during Wolf Awareness Day, along with her new companion, a 2-year-old male wolf which arrived at the Zoo earlier this year from the Wildlife Science Center in Minnesota.

Visitors to Wolf Awareness Day also will have a chance to help the Zoo name the new male wolf. The winning name will be announced on Friday, October 17 as part of National Wolf Awareness Week festivities.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is an affordable and close-to-home getaway for Northeast Ohio. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $10 per person, $6 for kids ages two through 11 and free for Zoo members and children less than two years old. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 77, 90 and 480.

To learn more, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.