“Had a chance to see the new Zoominations exhibit at the zoo and it was absolutely STUNNING! I have never seen anything like this exhibit and it is done on such a grand scale that it really exceeded all of my expectations.”

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A one of a kind festival.

This spring, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo hosts the cultural event of the season, Zoominations. A dazzling exhibition of colossal lanterns sprawling over 26 acres, it’s an unforgettable journey through the ancient Chinese art of lantern sculpture. Wander past giant glowing pandas, zebras and mythical creatures. Marvel at millions of LED lights and lanterns constructed in a variety of styles and materials that range from silk to dinnerware.

This is the only chance you’ll have to see the festival that’s been a smash in Toronto, London and Beijing, so don’t miss it!

The History

The ancient art of Chinese lantern making began in the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. to 220 A.D.), a time of invention and science. Used originally for lighting, the lanterns evolved into an art form and became a significant part of festivals.

Original lantern construction varied according to purpose. Palace lanterns were silk or glass over fine wood. Gauze lanterns, the traditional red lantern recognized around the world, used red gauze stretched over bamboo. Shadow-picture lanterns used a paper wheel inside which turned when heated, creating moving pictures around the outside of the lantern.

Today’s lanterns use modern materials and technology, adding colored bulbs, music and visual effects, along with imaginative shapes, to create entirely new experiences.

Han-Dynasty Quick Facts

  • Spanned over 400 years, from 206 BC to 220 AD.
  • Began with a peasant revolt against the Qin Emperor.
  • A time of invention and science, inventions included paper, iron casting, crop rotation, and acupuncture.
  • Advancements in medicine, mathematics, building, agriculture, engineering, and astronomy were also during this time.
  • Biggest products in the Han economy were iron, salt, copper work, and silk.

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Reviews

“Had a chance to see the new Zoominations exhibit at the zoo and it was absolutely STUNNING! I have never seen anything like this exhibit and it is done on such a grand scale that it really exceeded all of my expectations.”

“I had first heard about this special event in the fall of 2014. It was worth the wait! Gloriously bright and colorful lanterns of a magnitude beyond belief! Amazing!”

“This is a must see event! Perfect for adults and children. Do not forget your camera.”

“I didn’t know what to expect. I had been to Lowry Park Zoo before and loved it so I figured it would be cool to check it out. It was better than cool, I was blown away!!! The lights and setups were breathtaking. I definitely recommend it.”

“Loved this exhibit the park has. Great for families with small children earlier in the evening. Great visit for a family outing or date night.”

“The zoo really outdid themselves with Zoominations. The displays were nice and the lights were amazing.”