Winter in SoCal #LAZooSnowDays

WEATHER ALERT: Snow expected on January 24 and 25 at the LA Zoo in Griffith Park.

It’s all part of Snow Days, our annual celebration of wintery fun! For this one weekend, the bear, tiger, takin and markhor exhibits will be transformed by blankets of snow. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view inquisitive creatures exploring an icy wonderland.
Guests will have their own chances to frolic in the snow, with a sledding hill* and snow play area. Other delights include live ice carving demonstrations and photo ops in a giant snow globe. My girls loved the sledding, the wait was about 20 minutes, but of course, it's worth it. 

Bring your mittens and join in the fun!
The Sichuan Takin looked like he enjoyed the snow. We missed most of the animals playing in the snow, so I would suggest going early because the Black bear and the Tiger were napping when we were there. 
I just love the giraffes, they're tall and beautiful and were particularly photo friendly. If you have a free day, spend it with the family at the LA Zoo. You can buy your tickets online or at the Zoo and make sure to follow the LA Zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

Celebrate the Holidays at the LA Zoo!

It is officially that time of the year! Christmas time is upon us and Santa and his reindeer have arrived at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens! The LA Zoo is creating a one-of-a-kind holiday wonderland this year, with the return of the popular Reindeer Rompthe only opportunity to see real reindeer in Los Angeles – as well as decorations and holiday-themed arts and crafts. Santa Claus will be at the Zoo every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas for photos and of course, present requests.
Here are my girls meeting Mr. and Mrs. Claus for the first time. Santa was pretty awesome because he told my daughters to brush their teeth, pick up their toys, and be good listeners. Thanks Santa, I could use all the help I could get.  
After hanging out with Santa, you can walk over and meet Noel, Belle, Velvet and Jingle. Four incredibly sweet, real reindeer, on hiatus from the North Pole.

Here is some more information on the holiday celebrations going on at the LA Zoo! 

WHAT: Come say hi to Santa and his reindeer, along with festive animal enrichment activities, holiday decorations, and arts and crafts.

WHEN: The visiting reindeer, named Belle, Jingle, Noel, and Velvet, will be on view every day from Tuesday, Nov. 26 through Thursday, January 2. 

Santa Claus visits and photos, holiday crafts, and engaging animal activities will take place on Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 30 through Dec. 22. 

The Los Angeles Zoo is open on Thanksgiving Day and closed on Christmas Day.

WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027 

COST: The Reindeer Romp and other holiday activities are free with Zoo admission or GLAZA membership. 
*Professional portraits with Santa are available for an additional fee.

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

One thing we always have to do during a visit to the LA Zoo is to stop by the carousel. It is so ornate and during this time of year the carousel along with other areas are beautifully decorated and transformed into a SoCal Winter Wonderland. 
During this visit we were lucky enough to go on a guided tour. We had an amazing guide named Myra who taught us so much new information about all of the animals. (The handsome young man in the center picture belongs to fellow blogger Ruth over at SoCalPocketMemories.) I totally recommend going on a guided tour, the information you will learn is just invaluable. 
 One of the best parts of celebrating the holidays at the LA Zoo is watching all of the different animals open their own wrapped presents with special treats inside. 

So, if you are looking for something fun to do this holiday season, you should definitely visit the LA Zoo, there is always a ton of fun things to do and see! 

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.