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Jan 26, 2015

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo Partners With Sunken Gardens and Great Explorations for Second Zootastic Family Fest, Set for February 28

The fantastic Zootastic Family Fest returns Saturday, February 28 in St. Petersburg. The day-long event (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) takes place at two adjacent Pinellas County cultural institutions – Great Explorations Children's Museum and Sunken Gardens – and was created in partnership with Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo and its Zoo Ventures outreach team, exciting educational programs featuring live animals.

Advance Tickets On Sale Online for $5, at the Door for $10

TAMPA, Fla. (January 26, 2015) — The fantastic Zootastic Family Fest returns Saturday, February 28 in St. Petersburg. The day-long event (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) takes place at two adjacent Pinellas County cultural institutions – Great Explorations Children's Museum and Sunken Gardens – and was created in partnership with Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo and its Zoo Ventures outreach team, exciting educational programs featuring live animals.

“The first Zootastic event was a big success with total attendance close to 2,000 guests,” said Angeline Howell, CEO of Great Explorations. “We hope to exceed that number this year. It's a great opportunity for Tampa Bay area residents to experience three great family-friendly institutions in one day -- at bargain rates.”

Guests at the two St. Petersburg attractions can mingle with the Zoo’s animal ambassadors and their trainers throughout the day, as well as attend animal shows like “Zoo Keeping 101” and “Native Florida Wildlife.” Animal ambassadors include small mammals, birds reptiles and more. The day will also include educational display and hands-on-activities.

A new feature of this year's event will be the Giving Tree Music Drum Circle, an interactive opportunity for guests to sing, laugh, drum and dance as they explore concepts like synergy trust, being in the moment and striving to reach human potential.

Advance admission for the day for both Pinellas attractions can be purchased online at www.ZootasticFamilyFest.org. On the day of the event, admission at the door will be $10 per person, including members.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Great Explorations Children’s Museum and Sunken Gardens gratefully acknowledge Community Foundation of Tampa Bay who made this event possible.

About Great Explorations

Great Explorations is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and was co-founded in 1986 by the Junior League of St. Petersburg and Hands-On! Inc. Great Explorations Children’s Museum opened to an enthusiastic public on November 27, 1987, and has been serving children and families in the greater Tampa Bay area for over a quarter of a century. Great Explorations is located at 1925 4th St. North, St. Petersburg, next to the historic Sunken Gardens, and is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12-4:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.greatex.org/ or call 727-821-8992.

About Sunken Gardens

Sunken Gardens is a botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city. As St. Petersburg's oldest living museum, this 100 year old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region. Sunken Gardens provides garden tours, horticultural programs, special events, field trips, weddings, private and corporate rentals. Sunken Gardens is located at 1825 4th Street North in St. Petersburg, and is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12-4:30 p.m. Gardens may be closed due to inclement weather. For more information, visit http://www.stpete.org/sunken/ or call 727-551-3102.

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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