2013-10-11 / Community

Boo At the Zoo And Scary Fish

Off the Peninsula, the Queens Zoo will be hosting a special 3-day event filled with haunted habitats and Halloween fun. “Boo at the Zoo” will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Halloween Day, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

There will be face-painting, live animal presentations, and pumpkin treats for some of the zoo’s animals.

According to a release by the Wildlife Conservation Society festivities will include: Haunted Habitat – Visitors can head over to the Haunted Habitat located in the zoo’s Wild Room, which will be decorated for Halloween from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spooky Animal Presentations – The zoo’s farm is the place to check out presentations featuring snakes and other animals from 1:30 and 3 p.m. Pick a Perfect Pumpkin – The early bird gets the pumpkin. The first 200 zoo-goers on Saturday and Sunday will pick and decorate their own pumpkin on the zoo’s own farm. Face Painting – Be a lion, puma, or bear for Halloween this year. Zoo-goers can get in the spirit of the holiday with colorful face painting from noon to 3 p.m. Pumpkin Enrichment – Pumas and bears will tear into treat-filled pumpkins. Pumas at 1 p.m. and Andean bears at 2:30 p.m., both weekend days. Trick or Treating – Treat stations, stocked with all kinds of goodies, will be located around the zoo. Crafts for Kids – Kids can make and take home a festive Halloween craft.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dress to Impress – Children 12 and under in costume accompanied by an adult will receive free admission.

More information about “Boo at the Zoo” can be found online at www.queenszoo.com

For watery thrills and chills, over in Coney Island the New York Aquarium will present a host of “Ascarium” activities on Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th.

These will include: Water Wizardry – Children’s theater performer David Engel will present an exciting and educational show about the importance of water. Light effects, music and magic tricks will be used to show kids and their families how they can help protect the Earth. Show times are 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., both days. Wildlife Theater Presents: The Sea

Witch Spooky Show – The aquarium’s

Wildlife Theater will introduce Nettie the Sea Witch, who learns throughout the show that sharks, jellyfish and corals are amazing animals that help make the ocean a wonderful place. Audience members will have a chance to touch real ocean artifacts. Show times are 12, 2, and 4 p.m., both days. Pumpkin Patch at the Aquarium – Visitors will explore a pumpkin patch, located on the aquarium’s scenic

Oceanview Deck. They can pick their own pumpkin to paint at a craft station overlooking the majestic Atlantic

Ocean at 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. Terrific Tunes – Performances by Barry

G and Ramblin’ Davey of the children’s band Dream Jam Band have developed a special show that celebrates sea life and Halloween that will be both educational and fun. Show times will be

12:30 and 3 p.m., both days. Trick-or-Treat – Children are invited to participate in safe trick-or-treating fun throughout the aquarium from11 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days.

Visitors can also see the aquarium’s daily Sea Lion Celebration, happening at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Some Halloween fun will be incorporated into each show.

The New York Aquarium was devastated by Hurricane Sandy last year. It opened on a partial basis in May and hopes to fully reopen by spring 2016.

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