Come celebrate spring at the San Francisco Zoo! The annual crowd pleaser Big Bunny’s Spring Fling takes place on Easter weekend, March 30 and 31, from 11 am to 3 pm. This fun event features a meet and greet with Quicky the Nestlé NESQUIK Bunny, puppet shows, crafts, play time with Princess Honey Bunny, an Alice in Wonderland-themed nature trail walk, a barnyard stampede, a chick hatchery tour, and a duck pond feeding. With the help of the San Francisco Department of Animal Care and Control, visitors can also have up-close encounters with live bunnies.
In April, the zoo holds an Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 21, from 10 am–3 pm. The theme for this event is “Slow Down for the Planet." Families are encouraged to visit and “get back to basics.” Visit the Nature Exploration Zone and get your hands dirty creating art and building play structures and forts using natural items such as sticks and leaves, enjoy climate change “Power Down” keeper talks and activity stations, and meander through Greenie’s Conservation Garden.
Visit the San Francisco Zoo this Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm to celebrate the Lunar New Year! Marvel at Chinese acrobatic performances, traditional Chinese lion and folk dancing, Chinese yo-yo tricks and much more. Go on a Zodiac Scavenger Hunt through the Zoo to learn fun facts about the animals found on the Chinese calendar. Everyone who completes the Zodiac Scavenger Hunt will receive a lucky red envelope with a special surprise inside.
Were you born in the Year of the Snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013)? Lucky you—you'll receive free Zoo admission on Sunday!
The Zoo's Chinese New Year festivities will be held at the Event Tent near the entrance to the Children's Zoo. Entertainment and activities are free with zoo admission.
Looking for something fun for the kids to do over the upcoming winter break? Check out some of the great winter day camps here in Marin.
Ark Row Center Winter Camp
122 Main Street
The Ark Row Center in Tiburon is offering a winter camp for ages 2–8, December 17–28 from 9 am–noon ($48 per day), 9 am–1 pm ($60 per day), or 9 am–2 pm ($75 per day). There will be lots of fun holiday projects and activities. For more info, visit www.arkrowcenter.com.
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Holiday Break Imaginary Worlds Camp
557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito
The BADM is offing two three-day series: December 19, 20, 21 and December 26, 27, 28 from 9 am–3 pm for children ages 4–7. Imagination rules in this camp for pretend play fanatics of all stripes. Children will weave a tale around characters they create drawing from unlimited options. Campers will explore art as they set the scene for their original production and make their own costumes, learn science while making potions, and practice literacy skills as instructors help them author their own fairy tales. Cost: Supporting Members $275; general $300 per series. For more info, visit www.baykidsmuseum.org.
Cal Star Gymnastics
70 Digital Drive, Suite 3
The holiday gymnastics camp takes place from December 26–28 and January 2-4 from noon–3 pm. Cost: $130 for 3 full days or $75 for 3 half–days. They also offer drop-in for $50 full day or $30 half-day. Sign up by calling (415) 382-7827. For more info, visit www.calstar.info.
Farm Girl Nursery WInter Camp
200 Pacheco Avenue, Novato
Farm Girl Winter Camp for boys and girls 7–12 on December 28 from from 10 am–4 pm. Campers will harvest, plant, make lunch, roast s'mores, play with the animals, learn about winter gardening, and make holiday gifts to take home! Cost is $90 per child and includes snacks, lunch, and gifts. RSVP soon by calling (415) 730-6917.
This holiday season, get up-close-and-personal with Santa's favorite reindeer friends Belle, Holly, Peppermint, and Velvet! These four reindeer will be on exhibit at the zoo through New Year's Day. Swing by the reindeer area near the Lion Fountain to visit and learn more about this unique animals. Reindeer Romp is free with Zoo admission.
Later on in December, the Zoo comes to life at night with Wild Lights. Take a nighttime stroll through the Zoo as it sparkles under magical holiday lights. Visit with the reindeer, get some hot apple cider or cocoa at the Zoo's Leaping Lemur Cafe, take your family's picture with the beautiful Princess Zoo-roar-a, and enjoy special holiday entertainment every evening at on the Main Stage at 6 pm. Wild Lights takes places December 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30 from 4:30 pm to 8 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and children over 3 years of age; free for Zoo members.
The San Francisco Zoo is located at Sloat Boulevard and the Great Highway in San Francisco. Regular hours are 10 am to 4 pm (last admission at 3:30 pm). Regular admission prices are $15 adults, $12 seniors 65+, and $9 children 4–14; children 3 and under are free.
Looking for something fun to do during these last few weeks of summer vacation? Why not visit the San Francisco Zoo, especially since all children ages4–14 are admitted free during the month of August?
This offer is good from August 1–31, 2010, all children must be accompanied by a paying adult, and each paying adult can bring up to four children into the zoo for free (so you can take a whole carload of kids if you want).
The San Francisco Zoo is honoring and celebrating its zookeepers during the National Zookeeper Week from July 19-25. During this week, visitors will have the chance to meet the zookeepers in person, during special meet-and-greets at various exhibit locations throughout the zoo. Keepers will be on hand to answer questions and tell their favorite stories about the animals they care for each and every day.
The zoo is encouraging visitors to show their appreciation by bringing in a hand-made or purchased thank you card that will be placed on a giant display board at the zoo’s front entrance. A discount will be given to individuals who present a card (one per person) – $2 off adult admission and $1 off child admission. The zoo hours are 10 am–5 pm.The San Francisco Zoo is located at 1 Zoo Road in San Francisco. For more info, go to www.sfzoo.org.
Big Bunny's Spring Fling starts today, March 31 through April 4 from 11 am-3 pm at the San Francisco Zoo. Bring the family to celebrate all things that hop, skip, jump, and eat carrots! There will be live entertainment, bunnies to see and photos with a costumed bunny, games and arts and crafts. All activities are free with paid Zoo admission. Also, the Zoo will offer one free child's admission with one paid adult for kids ages 4 to 14 who bring along their favorite plush bunny.
San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay offers free admission this week for Marin County residents, from Monday, January 25 through Thursday, January 28, 2010. Aquarium of the Bay is providing free admission in celebration of its recent transition into a nonprofit nature center. As the only aquarium dedicated to showcasing the diverse aquatic life of the San Francisco Bay and its watershed, Marin County residents are encouraged to come out and meet their underwater neighbors.
To get free admission to the Aquarium of the Bay, Marin County residents must present one proof of residency: a valid driver's license or ID card with Marin County address, utility bill, or a bank statement that includes your Marin County home address, along with photo ID.
Happy Zoo Year! January is a great month to visit the San Francisco Zoo, especially since you can take advantage of free admission for kids for the entire month! As part of its New Year's celebration, the zoo offers one free admission with one paid adult's admission for children ages 4–14 who color and bring in a penguin coloring sheet (downloadable from the zoo's website), or a hand-colored image of their favorite zoo animal.
All children must be accompanied by a paying adult, one coloring sheet must be presented per child, and this deal cannot be combined with any other offer.
The San Francisco Zoo is located at Sloat Boulevard and the Great Highway in San Francisco. Winter hours are 10 am to 4 pm (last admission at 3:30 pm). Regular admission prices are $15 adults, $12 seniors 65+, and $9 children 4–14; children 3 and under are free. For more information, visit www.sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-7080.