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Fear Not: Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo Launches New, Happier Halloween Experience -- ZooBoo KIDS

by Kayla Hayes | Sep 03, 2015
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.

All New “Fright Free” Event Will Be The Sweetest Party In Town

TAMPA, Fla. (September 3, 2015) – 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:

  • Trick-or-Treat Stations
  • 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*
  • Face Painting*

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
LowryParkZoo.org/ZooBooKIDS for details.

The 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

  • Tampa Bay City Pass
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • affiliate4

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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