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Saint Louis Zoo Celebrates Halloween With 'Boo At The Zoo'

Saint Louis Zoo's 'Boo At The Zoo' for HalloweenCelebrate Halloween at the kid-friendly Boo at the Zoo at the Saint Louis Zoo.

This annual family event features spooks, laughs, animals, fireside stories and entertainment as a non-scary Halloween alternative.

Boo at the Zoo is held  5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every night through Oct. 30. No reservations are necessary. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.

Admission is $6 for members and $7 for non-members; children under 2, free. Kids in costume get a $1 discount on admission, available at the door only. See the Zoo’s costume policy.

You can purchase tickets online, by phone at (314) 646-4771, or at the door.

Although this is not a trick-or-treat event, each child gets a treat bag when they leave.

Things to look for–singing/dancing pumpkins, a mystery straw maze, Fragile Forest Fairyland, floating busts that have spooks to sing about, creepy caverns and sinister swamps and more.

“Halloween Hank’s Pirate Adventure” featuring animals performing natural behaviors takes place at the Emerson’s Children’s Zoo.

Storytellers like Terry Rantula spin wild tales about snakes, spiders and bats and others tell captivating animal stories. Grandmother Goose shares tales of other Missouri critters.

Kids can make a “creepy craft” at the Kid’s Craft Corner. There’ll be food for sale at Lakeside Cafe. You can purchase souvenirs at the Halloween boo-tique at the Safari Gift Shop and receive a 10 percent discount (20 percent for members) with a purchase of $25 or more.

Parking will be available for free on the South lot on Wells Drive near Highway 40. Enter the event through the South Entrance. The North lot and entrance will be open only on Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25 and 30.

There’s an extra charge for these activities:

  • The  Conservation Carousel, draped in cobwebs, becomes the not-too-spooky “Scare-ou-sel.”  $3 per person.
  • “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” 4D Motion Simulator. $4/person. Anywhere Passes are NOT valid at this event.
  • “Legend of Not-So-Sleepy Hallow” night hikes. Hikes are offered every half hour between 6 and 8 p.m. $5 per hiker, age 3 and up. Children age 2 and under are free. Advance registration is recommended by calling (314) 646-4771.

Sponsors of Boo at the Zoo Nights include SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, Mid America Chevy Dealers, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® At The Zoo, K-Hits 96.3 and FM News Talk 97.1.

Celebrate Oktoberfest In St. Louis

Soulard Oktoberfest
Soulard Oktoberfest

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Where will you celebrate Oktoberfest in St. Louis?

You have plenty of choices this year:

Soulard Oktoberfest
Perhaps the area’s largest Oktoberfest celebration is in the  Soulard neighborhood October 10, 11 and 12. The event is held across Seventh Stree from Soulard Market.

Soulard Oktoberfest’s carnival is modeled after Oktoberfest in Munich.

This festival has everything–musicians from Germany as well as popular local bands on three–count ‘em, three–stages,  bratwurst, rotkraut, pretzels and strudel. What more could you want?

Entertainment includes:

  • Deutschmeister Brass Band
  • Austrian Express
  •  Volksmusik
  • Steve Ewing
  • Chardon Polka Band
  • Dorfrockers
  • The Wendl Band
  • The Chardon Polka Band
  • Copper Box
  • Soulard Blues Band Revue
  • Good Times

See the entire schedule here.

Tickets are $5 and are available here.

Hermann Oktoberfest

In the picturesque town of Hermann, MO, just about an hour’s drive from St. Louis, Oktoberfest is a month-long event as the town along the Missouri River celebrates very weekend in October.

Many of the events are FREE.

A Oktoberfest biergarten will spring up in Seqicentennial Park on Gutenberg Street, there’ll be lots of German food and, of course, there are wineries to visit.

Check out the entire schedule here.

Gateway Arch Oktoberfest Cruise
The Mississippi River impersonates the Rhine for the first three Sundays in October, when you cruise the river on a German-themed river boat. The buffet will feature authentic German buffet and a live German band plays German music.  Menu includes beer rouladen, bratwurst/knockwurst, sweet & sour cabbage, knoodle kugle, hot german potato salad, rye & pumpernickel breads, tossed salad, German chocolate cake, coffee, and iced tea.

Tickets for the 1 p.m. cruises on Oct. 12 and 19 are $38 for adults and $18 for children age 3-12. Reservations are required.

The Gateway Arch Riverboats are located below the south leg of the Gateway Arch at 50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63102. Parking is available on the levee in front of the boats.

Ottertoberfest at Saint Louis Zoo

There’s still time to celebrate Ottertoberfest at the Saint Louis Zoo.

This popular FREE  event includes traditional German biergartens, live music, kids’ activities and more. At the biergartens, visitors can purchase beer, bratwurst and other German specialties.

Otter-related games and activities for children will include a River Ranger game, an “Otter Says” game and a river otter biofact table. Children can also create an otter-themed craft. The event is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  October 11-12.

5 Oktoberfest Celebrations In St. Louis Area In October

Soulard Oktoberfest
Soulard Oktoberfest

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October is just around the corner and St. Louisans can choose from five (yes, 5!) Oktoberfest celebrations:

Soulard Oktoberfest
Perhaps the area’s largest Oktoberfest celebration is in the  Soulard neighborhood October 10, 11 and 12. The event is held across Seventh Stree from Soulard Market.

Soulard Oktoberfest’s carnival is modeled after Oktoberfest in Munich.

This festival has everything–musicians from Germany as well as popular local bands on three–count ‘em, three–stages,  bratwurst, rotkraut, pretzels and strudel. What more could you want?

Entertainment includes:

  • Deutschmeister Brass Band
  • Austrian Express
  •  Volksmusik
  • Steve Ewing
  • Chardon Polka Band
  • Dorfrockers
  • The Wendl Band
  • The Chardon Polka Band
  • Copper Box
  • Soulard Blues Band Revue
  • Good Times

See the entire schedule here.

Tickets are $5 and are available here.

Oktoberfest at St. Louis Union Station

St. Louis’ own Union Station becomes Munich on the Mississippi Oct 3-4, 2014 with Oktoberfest St. Louis.

The festival will offer two stages featuring live performances showcasing German culture.  Bands like the  20-piece Deutschmeister Brass Band and Uber Cool will perform on the Main Stage while the German Cultural stage hosts live displays of  facets of German culture such as Dance Troupes, contests, choral performances, and more.

Admission to the event is $10.

Oktoberfest at St. Louis Union Station visitors can learn the craft of brewing from an actual brewmaster at The Spaten Bier School (additional charge).  At each 45-minute session participants get a guided tasting and discussion of different styles of beer and how they are brewed.

A German Market will offer fine German crafts and a German bakery will offer delectable creations.. Visitors can also experience German wines at the Rhineland Wineland Garden.

Check out the schedule here.

Hermann Oktoberfest

In the picturesque town of Hermann, MO, just about an hour’s drive from St. Louis, Oktoberfest is a month-long event as the town along the Missouri River celebrates very weekend in October.

Many of the events are FREE.

A Oktoberfest biergarten will spring up in Seqicentennial Park on Gutenberg Street, there’ll be lots of German food and, of course, there are wineries to visit.

Check out the entire schedule here.

Gateway Arch Oktoberfest Cruise
The Mississippi River impersonates the Rhine for the first three Sundays in October, when you cruise the river on a German-themed river boat. The buffet will feature authentic German buffet and a live German band plays German music.  Menu includes beer rouladen, bratwurst/knockwurst, sweet & sour cabbage, knoodle kugle, hot german potato salad, rye & pumpernickel breads, tossed salad, German chocolate cake, coffee, and iced tea.

Tickets for the 1 p.m. cruises on Oct. 5,12 and 19 are $38 for adults and $18 for children age 3-12. Reservations are required.

The Gateway Arch Riverboats are located below the south leg of the Gateway Arch at 50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63102. Parking is available on the levee in front of the boats.

Ottertoberfest at Saint Louis Zoo

Oktoberfest becomes Ottertoberfest for two weekends in October at the Saint Louis Zoo.

This popular FREE  event includes traditional German biergartens, live music, kids’ activities and more. At the biergartens, visitors can purchase beer, bratwurst and other German specialties.

Otter-related games and activities for children will include a River Ranger game, an “Otter Says” game and a river otter biofact table. Children can also create an otter-themed craft. The event is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 4-5 and October 11-12.

Griffin & The Gargoyles: Free Jungle Boogie Concert At Saint Louis Zoo

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Griffin & the Gargoyles at the Saint Louis ZooThe FREE Jungle Boogie Friday night concert series at the Saint Louis Zoo continues Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 with a concert by Griffin and the Gargoyles, a variety/dance band).

Jungle Boogie concerts are performed from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays during the summer in the Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo.

The popular concert series presents a variety of music–rhythm-and-blues, pop, rock, jazz and more–among the animals through August 29.

As always, admission to the Saint Louis Zoo is free. The zoo is located in St. Louis’ Forest Park.

Check out the Jungle Boogie schedule for the rest of the season:

America Chevy Dealers sponors Jungle Boogie.

Prairie Farms sponsor the zoo’s extended hours on the weekends this summer. Through September 1, the Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Weekday summer hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Labor Day, Sept. 1, the Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

While at the Zoo, enjoy its many outstanding exhibits including Stingrays at Caribbean Cove where anyone dressed as a shark on Friday, Aug. 14 can get in free thanks to Mercy Kids.

Shark costumes for visitors over the age of 13 must comply with the Zoo’s adult costume policy as posted on the Zoo’s website.

Interpreters will be floating around the Zoo to enlighten guests about Shark Week and spin tales about their toothy friends.

“I survived Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo” T-shirt will be available for purchase.

Zoo officials say the sharks at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove are small, shy and docile fish and pose no danger to humans. They range from two-and-a-half to four feet in length that prey on small fish, crabs, and invertebrates.

 

 

 

Get Into St. Louis Zoo Exhibit FREE When You Dress As A Shark

 

Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo Saturday, continues through Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. All land sharks are welcome to attend.

Come dressed as a shark that week and you’ll get into Stingrays at Caribbean Cove presented by Mercy Kids for FREE.

If you pay to get into the exhibit, you’ll get an “I survived Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo” sticker which you can use it to get a 10 percent discount at Ray’s Bar & Grill and Tropical Traders gift shop.  Kids will receive an activity sheet to take home when they leave.

From noon to 3 p.m. on  Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9 and 10, visitors can take a tropical trip to the Caribbean with Lenny Frisch, a steel drum band playing live music outside Caribbean Cove. There’ll also be shark-themed games and activities for kids on the weekend.

From 5 to 8 p.m. on  Friday, Aug. 15, the Jungle Boogie concert (presented by Mid America Chevy Dealers) will feature Griffin and the Gargoyles. The concert takes place at Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo.

Ray’s Grill next door to the pool will be featuring a shark dog special. Adults can enjoy a “Shark Attack” drink or a Land Shark lager.

Interpreters will be floating around the Zoo to enlighten guests about Shark Week and spin tales about their toothy friends.

“I survived Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo” T-shirt will be available for purchase.

Zoo officials say the sharks at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove are small, shy and docile fish and pose no danger to humans. They range from two-and-a-half to four feet in length that prey on small fish, crabs, and invertebrates.

The Saint Louis Zoo is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission to the Zoo is free. Admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove is $4. Children under age 2 are free. Admission is free to all from 8-9 a.m. in summer.

Shark costumes for visitors over the age of 13 must comply with the Zoo’s adult costume policy as posted on the Zoo’s website.

 

Dress As A Shark, Get Into Exhibit For FREE During Shark Week At St. Louis Zoo

Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo

 Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo Saturday, begins Saturday, Aug. 9 and runs through Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. All land sharks are welcome to attend.

There’s a great freebie for all shark wannabes–come dressed as a shark that week and you’ll get into Stingrays at Caribbean Cove presented by Mercy Kids for FREE.

You can’t swim with the stingrays are bonnethead, white-spotted and brown-banded bamboo sharks will.  If you pay to get into the exhibit, you’ll get an “I survived Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo” sticker which you can use it to get a 10 percent discount at Ray’s Bar & Grill and Tropical Traders gift shop.  Kids will receive an activity sheet to take home when they leave.

From noon to 3 p.m. on  Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9 and 10, visitors can take a tropical trip to the Caribbean with Lenny Frisch, a steel drum band playing live music outside Caribbean Cove. There’ll also be shark-themed games and activities for kids on the weekend.

From 5 to 8 p.m. on  Friday, Aug. 15, the Jungle Boogie concert (presented by Mid America Chevy Dealers) will feature Griffin and the Gargoyles. The concert takes place at Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo.

Ray’s Grill next door to the pool will be featuring a shark dog special. Adults can enjoy a “Shark Attack” drink or a Land Shark lager.

Interpreters will be floating around the Zoo to enlighten guests about Shark Week and spin tales about their toothy friends.

“I survived Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo” T-shirt will be available for purchase.

Zoo officials say the sharks at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove are small, shy and docile fish and pose no danger to humans. They range from two-and-a-half to four feet in length that prey on small fish, crabs, and invertebrates.

The Saint Louis Zoo is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission to the Zoo is free. Admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove is $4. Children under age 2 are free. Admission is free to all from 8-9 a.m. in summer.

Shark costumes for visitors over the age of 13 must comply with the Zoo’s adult costume policy as posted on the Zoo’s website.

 

Mood Swings Band: Free Jungle Boogie Concert At Saint Louis Zoo

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Mood Swings BandThe FREE Jungle Boogie Friday night concert series at the Saint Louis Zoo continues Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 with a concert by Mood Swings, a cover band.

Jungle Boogie concerts are performed from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo.

The series presents a variety of music–rhythm-and-blues, pop, rock, jazz and more–among the animals through August 29.

As always, admission to the zoo is free.

 

Check out the Jungle Boogie schedule for the rest of the season:

America Chevy Dealers sponors Jungle Boogie.

Prairie Farms sponsor the zoo’s extended hours on the weekends this summer. Through September 1, the Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Weekday summer hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Labor Day, Sept. 1, the Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission to the Saint Louis Zoo, located in Forest Park, is FREE.

 

 

 

Shark Week At St. Louis Zoo

Shark Week at the Saint Louis ZooFrom a Saint Louis Zoo press release:

Celebrate Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo Saturday, Aug. 9 through Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. All land sharks are welcome to join in the fun!

Come to the Zoo dressed as a shark that week, and get into Stingrays at Caribbean Cove presented by Mercy Kids for free! Swimming among the stingrays are bonnethead, white-spotted and brown-banded bamboo sharks. Paying customers to the exhibit will be awarded an “I survived Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo” sticker, which will earn them 10% off at Ray’s Bar & Grill and Tropical Traders gift shop. Upon exit from the Cove, kids will receive an activity sheet to take home.

On Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10, from 12 noon to 3 p.m., take a tropical trip to the Caribbean with Lenny Frisch, a steel drum band playing live music outside Caribbean Cove. Also on the weekend, kids can join in shark-themed games and activities.

On Friday, August 15, flit your fins at the Jungle Boogie presented by Mid America Chevy Dealers concert featuring Griffin and the Gargoyles, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo.

Make a pit stop at Ray’s Grill next door to the pool for a shark dog special. Adults can refresh themselves with a “Shark Attack” drink or a Land Shark lager.

Interpreters will be floating around the Zoo to enlighten guests about Shark Week and spin tales about their toothy friends.

Brag about your bravery for years to come by purchasing an “I survived Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo” T-shirt.

The sharks at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove are small, shy and docile fish and pose no danger to humans. They range from two-and-a-half to four feet in length that prey on small fish, crabs, and invertebrates.

The Saint Louis Zoo is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission to the Zoo is free. Admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove is $4 for non-members. Members at the Family Level and above may use theirAnywhere Plus passes for admission. Children under age 2 are free. Admission is free to all from 8-9 a.m. in summer.

Visitors dressed in shark costume receive free entry to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove during Shark Week, August 9-15, 2014, but those over the age of 13 must comply with the Zoo’s adult costume policy as posted on the Zoo’s website.

 

Free Jungle Boogie Concert At Saint Louis Zoo

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The VCRsThe FREE Jungle Boogie Friday night concert series at the Saint Louis Zoo continues Friday evening with a concert by The VCRs, a band that plays ’90′s music.

Jungle Boogie concerts are performed from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo.

The series presents a variety of music–rhythm-and-blues, pop, rock, jazz and more–among the animals through August 29.

As always, admission to the zoo is free.

Check out the Jungle Boogie schedule for the rest of the season:

–August 1 — Mood Swings (’80s covers)
–August 8 — Coco Soul (Disco)
–August 15 — Griffin and the Gargoyles (Variety/Dance)
–August 22 — Ticket To The Beatles (Beatles covers)
–August 29 — FatPocket (Funk)

America Chevy Dealers sponors Jungle Boogie.

Prairie Farms sponsor the zoo’s extended hours on the weekends this summer. Through September 1, the Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Weekday summer hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Labor Day, Sept. 1, the Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission to the Saint Louis Zoo, located in Forest Park, is FREE.

 

 

 

Free Keeper Chats At Saint Louis Zoo

Saint Louis ZooThe Saint Louis Zoo will salute the profession of zoo keeping during National Zoo Keeper Week, July 20-26, 2014.

To mark the celebration, zookeepers will offer enrichment activities and chat with visitors about their careers in animal care from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 24. The talks are free.

Here’s the animal enrichment schedule:

9 a.m. – Andean bear enrichment and keeper chat in River’s Edge

9:30 a.m. – Activity to be determined

10 a.m. – Lemur enrichment and keeper chat at the Primate House

10:30 a.m. – Red kangaroo enrichment at Red Rocks

11 a.m. – Giant tortoise enrichment and keeper chat outside of the Herpetarium

11:30 a.m. – Chimpanzee enrichment and keeper chat at Fragile Forest

Noon – Keeper chat at Children’s Zoo

Keeper chats are also offered every day at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays at 5 p.m. at various locations throughout the Zoo.

According to a St. Louis Zoo press release:

“. . .zookeepers have a very interesting history that began in the earliest times of human history. The Saint Louis Zoo has 83 full-time and 29 part-time and seasonal zoo keepers; 68 percent of them are female.  Most of the Zoo’s keepers hold bachelor’s degrees; degrees in biology, zoology or a related field are preferred. The Zoo’s staff includes keepers with master’s degrees and Ph.Ds.

“The Zoo’s well-trained keepers range in age from 24 to 67, and their duties revolve around providing the best possible care for the animals in their care. This includes, but is not limited to: providing species-appropriate diets for all animals and the daily care of animals, cleaning exhibits, monitoring animal health and reporting any problems, conducting scientific research, educating the public, keeping records, using positive reinforcement to train animals and providing enrichment to the animals in their care—to name just a few.

“The St. Louis Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) will present a photo display in The Living World showcasing all aspects of zookeeping. The current St. Louis chapter was established in 2003 and includes zookeepers, Zoo staff and volunteers dedicated to professional animal care and conservation.

“Created by AAZK, Inc., National Zoo Keeper Week is celebrated each year in July. During the week, zoos nationwide honor animal care professionals and the work they do in animal care, conservation and education. There are approximately 6,000 animal care professionals in the United States.”