ow, the Los Angeles Zoo's is celebrating their 50th birthday by turning their annual Wild for the Planet celebration into a month long Earth Dayevent! Wild for the Planet kicked off this past weekend on Earth day and runs through Endangered Species Day on Friday, May 19, 2017. I love when the Zoo has events, it just makes the whole day even more fun and memorable for the entire family.Read More
We were invited to preview the exhibit so I can tell everyone about how cool it is. All opinions and images are my own.
My family loves to visit the Los Angeles Zoo all year long. Whether you're celebrating Chinese New Year at ZOOdiac, Spring Fling, Family Jam, Boo at the Zoo or LA Lights- there is always something fun happening. From now until October, you are in for an extra special treat, Dinosaurs!!
The all new Dinosaurs UnExtinct at the LA Zoo is now open and features a ferocious pack of 17 life-size, life-like prehistoric creatures. It's so cool to walk in to a never before used part of the LA Zoo, in fact, as many times as I've been to the Zoo, I've never noticed this area before!
The Dinos range in heights up to 22 feet, lengths of just over 21 feet and weights topping 6,700 pounds. If you have a Dino lover in the family or would like to research the Dinos before you go, here is a list of the Dinos you can look forward to seeing: Suchomimus, Brachiosaurus, Coelophysis, Citipati, Carnotaurus, Edmontonia, Triceratops, Utahraptor, Dilophosaurus, Diabloceratops and of course Tyrannosaurus.
The exhibit is self-guided but there are also "Dino experts" along the way that offer fun facts about the particular Dino you may be checking out at the time. Your kids will also find fun in the Fossil Dig area where they can brush away sand to uncover Dino fossils, make a Dino robot move using controls, and climb and take photos with a friendly Pachyrhinosaurus.
The LA Zoo has also made the exhibit interactive by creating a FREE downloadable "Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo" app that allows you to animate the Dinos that are in front of you. It even includes fact sheets and a quiz.
Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 for children (ages 2 to 12), and admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free. Admission to Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo is $5 per person in addition to regular Zoo admission; tickets are available online at lazoo.org/dinos and in person inside the Zoo at the Dinosaurs exhibit entry area. Children under age two are admitted free to the Zoo and to the Dinosaurs exhibit.
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.