Super Natural Fun with Boo! at the LA Zoo!

The LA Zoo is one of our favorite places to visit in our city. I love that all year long they have fun events for the whole family. From Snow days, to Summer days, and Hispanic Heritage month and Chinese New Year,  there is always something going on at the LA Zoo. October is one of the best months to visit because all week long you can celebrate Halloween and if the kids are in school, the weekends have even more fun and surprises in store for them. 

The LA Zoo has daily adventures available during the month in October. You can check out this Freaky Framed Photo Op (above) as well as other photo opportunities set up throughout the zoo. I have to admit, the Super Natural Caves were pretty creepy and really cool. Be prepared to see a giant spider and bats flying overhead while you explore the caves. 

 The Graveyard Safari is also available daily and is always fun for the kids, they love hay mazes.

 You can find the incredibly impressive pumpkin carving demonstrations here on the weekends. I guess I need to step up my pumpkin carving game. 

 Also available on the weekends is the Arts and Crafts stations where the kiddos can make bats and spider webs to take home. I love when there are stations like this, the kids have fun, and it gives me a chance to sit and relax and enjoy the sounds of the zoo.  You can also find Dress Up with Campfire Cat, a storytelling and face painting mash up at the Adventure Theater in the Winnick Family Children's Zoo.

During the weekends you can also find some of the Strolling Characters to meet and take pictures with. As we were there and exiting the caves, we ran into Captain Jack Sparrow and chatted with him for a while before running into a Dracula and some very friendly Witches. 

Also, if you get the chance, I recommend the Fearsome Feedings & Creature Treats it was pretty cool to watch the Komodo dragon enter his habitat and find the beef carcass. You can check your map for feeding times or the LAZoo website. You can't forget the animals, they are definitely in the Halloween spirit too. I think the animals like when they get to find pumpkins in their habitat, whether they play with it or eat it, it's fun to watch and admire. 

Oh and don't forget to come in costume on October 24, 25, and 31st.

Your kids will be able to do some trick or treating while you stroll through the zoo. Fun times are here! Get out and make those family memories. 

Halloween 2013 round up!

Another Halloween has come and gone and another month long celebration has come to an end. This year, although it was a little more low-key than the past years, it was still quite busy. This year, we unfortunately did not go to Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland, which I was not too happy about. But we did get to go to Boo at the Zoo at the Los Angeles Zoo. We also maintained our tradition of going to the Halloween Treats in the Street in Old Town Orange, CA. 
I love this event, although it has gotten busier over the last few years, it is still a lot of fun. We like to go early enough to pick a complimentary book from the Orange Community Council and have our hand prints done courtesy of the Orange Police Department. 
Another adjustment for us was trying to find a "good" pumpkin patch. Growing up, we just picked up a pumpkin from the grocery store, but when I married Mark, and was introduced to country living (Norco, CA) I discovered the massive pumpkin patches with rides and games and petting zoos! I was unable to get out that way in time and had to hunt down a decent patch! Luckily I found one some 15 miles away (all street). After some chaos on a slide that was too big for my littles, we found a slide they were happy to climb and slide down again and again. Their faces while coming down the slide seem so genuinely happy, and they make my heart happy. :) 
Pumpkin carving is a fun tradition, I let them draw their faces, unless they ask for help, they scoop and I carve. Maybe next year, we will try to get a little more creative. 
This year I had a new challenge at hand. My girls are both in preschool, not the same preschool, but two different preschools! With 18 kids in one class, 27 kids and 27 student teachers in another class, I had to come up with something quick and easy. The cups were $1.50 for 20 at Target, I glued googly eyes that I had on hand, and green tissue paper that I cut to resemble hair. I bought a couple packs of Halloween pencils for $1 each, a bulk box of fruit snacks, and a bag of candy. About $20 for 72 Classroom Halloween Treats! 
The littlest was allowed to wear her costume to school and trick or treat with her classmates and student teacher throughout the high school. Her teacher (Pocahontas) gave a little Halloween gift basket and posed for pictures with my little red riding hood. My oldest had fun at school and passed out treats but will have a Fall Festival at her school the following day. 
They could not wait for it to get dark enough to go trick or treating, and since it was getting a little chilly, I took them out as the sun was setting. Our neighborhood is such a wild place for trick or treating, families come from all around the surrounding area and travel in groups of 6-10 kids each. We easily go through 20 lbs of candy each year.
This is probably their first year of really remembering Halloween and Trick or Treating and I think they had a blast. A really fun part of this year's Halloween for me, was noticing the girls as they recognize the Halloween theme in their cartoons and books. This year we read Curious George goes to a Costume Party and watched Curious George a Halloween Boofest over and over again. We also read The Monster of the Woods by Claire Freedman and Russell Julian and Max and Ruby's Spooky Bunny TalesThe holidays are starting to get fun with these two! I can't wait until they have more input on their costumes, activities and decorations. Well, until next year!  





Halloween in SoCal- Boo at the LA Zoo!

We recently visited LA Zoo's Boo at the Zoo media preview for a day full of fun in the October sun and had a blast! Boo at the Zoo is the LA Zoo's Halloween celebrations and if you are looking for a kid friendly activity, this is definitely the place to be. It's always a great time to visit the LA Zoo, but during Boo at the Zoo, you are treated to Trick or Treating, animal encounters, and a lot of fun Halloween activities. 
This weekend October 26-27 is the last weekend for Boo at the Zoo, so make sure to stop by! 

One of the most awesome parts of Boo at the Zoo is watching the animals interact with the pumpkins that the zoo provides. We watched as the tigers entered their habitat to find bright orange pumpkins with treats hidden inside.
Part of the Boo at the Zoo fun includes animal encounters. As you can see, my daughters and nephews got to touch and feel a live Python and were intrigued by being so up close to a tarantula. 
Boo at the Zoo is sponsored by the 99 Cents Only Stores who provided the trick or treat bags for the kids. 
Here is my little lady bug creating her souvenir out of a penny. Luckily I had enough change for all the kids to make their own. 
So, if I hadn't made myself clear enough I love the LA Zoo! There is always tons to do, and the fun with Boo at the Zoo is spotting all of the Halloween decorations. The Carousel area was very nicely decorated, and not creepy. You will not find anything too scary for your little ones. 
This was a great outing for my daughters and their cousin. He was dressed as a park ranger and fit in perfectly at the zoo! And yes, I had cat ears and makeup on, hey! It's Halloween time! If you have any more questions check out the site here.

You are Invited to BOO at the LA Zoo!

There are so many awesome things to do around SoCal during Halloween time.
One of our favorites is Boo at the Zoo! Boo at the Zoo returns for the 24th year and this year there will be TWO weekends to come out and celebrate! 
Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday Oct.20
and
Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27

Visitors are invited to wear their wildest costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the Zoo. Additional activities include pumpkin carving demonstrations, arts and crafts, creepy-crawly animal encounters, chomp n’ stomp animal feedings, and interactive storytelling and music with Campfire Cathy.

WHAT: The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens’ 24th Annual “Boo at the Zoo” ~ a family-friendly, spooktacular Halloween celebration. 
Here are some examples of some of the fun stuff you can look forward to.

Front Entrance Plaza:
Grab your free bags to fill at our treat stations for children age 12 and under; one bag per child.

Winnick Family Children's Zoo:
Meet Campfire Cathy and enjoy an interactive show of spooky tales.
Campfire Cathy's Show Times: 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3pm

Have a close encounter with the Creepy Creature Encounters.

Eucalyptus Grove:
Stop by and watch a pumpkin carving demonstration and meet a real live scarecrow! Don’t forget to bring your camera for a photo in the Pumpkin Patch.

Pumpkin Carving Show Times: 10:30 - 3pm

Treetops Terrace
Meet your favorite monsters, princess and story book characters at Treetops Terrace!

Chomp and Stomp
Watch your favorite Zoo animal stomp and chomp on pumpkin treats and learn spooky or sweet fun facts and information about our animals.

Trick-or-Treat stations at Selig Plaza, Winnick's Family Children's Zoo, Australia, Elephant Plaza, and Carousel Plaza.

Enjoy strolling entertainment and meet and greet some of your favorite monsters and even a princess or two.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. AND
Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Members' preview: Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 27, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Zoo is located in Griffith Park, near the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.

COST: Zoo Admission is $18 for adults; $13 for children 2-12; $15 for seniors 62 and up. Admission is free for GLAZA members and children under two.

INFO: For more information, visit www.lazoo.org/Boo.

Boo at the L.A. Zoo is proudly sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores.