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Saint Louis Zoo Sea Lion Shows Start 'Spring Training' March 14

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 1.31.07 PMThere may still be snow on the ground but you know spring is almost hear when the St. Louis Zoo Sea Lion shows are announced. The sea lions will start “spring training” on Saturday, March 14 at the Saint Louis Zoo’s First Bank Sea Lion Show.

Special guest Brad Thompson, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and current co-host of “The Fast Lane” on 101ESPN, will toss out the “first fish” at the 1 p.m. show on March 14.

Spring Training shows are slated 1 and 3 p.m. daily March 14-29. Timed tickets are $2 per person. Children under two are free.

These “Fish League” practices even include a few baseball-themed activities for the animal athletes — Cardinals-inspired, of course! The trainers are working with the intelligent pinnipeds on hurdle and high jumps, flipper walks, balancing acts, high dives, Frisbee tosses and other acrobatic and athletic behaviors.

Opening Day is Saturday, April 4 with performances at 10:30 a.m.1 and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only through May 17. Daily summer shows run Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, May 22-Sept. 7, at 10:30 a.m.1 and 3 p.m., with an additional show at 4:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays in summer. Timed tickets for these shows are $4 per person. Children under two are free.

Tickets may be purchased at the Sea Lion Show ticket booth. Zoo members may redeem their Anywhere passes for timed tickets at a Welcome Desk or at the Sea Lion Show ticket booth.

You can learn more about the Saint Louis Zoo at its website, at Facebook, www.facebook.com/stlzoo, on Twitter, www.twitter.com/stlzoo, or Youtube, www.youtube.com/stlzootube, or by calling (314) 781-0900.

The Lichtenstein Sea Lion Arena includes an 811-seat amphitheater, the large Ann Lux Family Stage, a 40,000-gallon see-through pool, a rock bridge extending into the audience and a high diving platform and slide — all designed to show off the sea lions’ natural abilities.

The Sea Lion Sound habitat, which opened on June 30, 2012, is home to 10 California sea lions and a harbor seal. In addition to the show arena, the exhibit also includes the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Family Sea Lion Landing and features a spectacular 35-foot-long underwater walk-through tunnel. Above water at Sea Lion Landing, public feedings take place at 11:15 a.m.1:45 and 3:30 p.m. daily. Admission to Sea Lion Sound is free.

 

Delta Dental Winter Zoo Fun At Saint Louis Zoo Ends Sunday With Mardi Gras Celebration

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Delta Dental Winter Zoo, a day of  FREE activities, games and crafts with the kids at the Saint Louis Zoo ends Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. The activities will be available from11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday’s event includes Delta Dental Mardi Gras, the best family Mardi Gras celebration in town. Delta Dental Mardi Gras includes mask making, beads, live music and more. Turn your child’s wagon or stroller into a Mardi Gras parade float, and join in the parade through the Zoo at 3 p.m. led by the Zoo’s costumed characters and Delta Dental’s Land of Smiles characters. includes mask making, beads, live music and more. Turn your child’s wagon or stroller into a Mardi Gras parade float, and join in the parade through the Zoo at 3 p.m. led by the Zoo’s costumed characters and Delta Dental’s Land of Smiles characters.

Delta Dental’s Tooth WizardSM and his sister Tooth FairySM will star in the Land of Smiles® stage show in Anheuser Busch Theater in The Living World building at 11:30 a.m. In addition to teaching good oral health habits, Land of Smiles will educate children on the benefits of eating healthy foods and active play 60 minutes a day. Each child attending the show will receive a free “smile bag” containing dental health supplies to help put them on track for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Movin’ All Around the Land of Smiles activity, by Delta Dental, will take place in The Living World at 2 p.m. on Feb. 15.

Watch a video on the Zoo’s WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in Punta San Juan, Peru; enjoy Humboldt penguin and takin keeper chats and enrichment activities; and listen to live music each week.

Admission to the Zoo and Winter Zoo activities is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities and games are designed for kids aged 2-10. No reservations are needed. The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Winter Zoo is sponsored by Delta Dental of Missouri, Prairie Farms Dairy and FM NewsTalk 97.1.

For more information about the Saint Louis Zoo, visit www.stlzoo.orgwww.facebook.com/stlzoo,www.twitter.com/stlzoowww.youtube.com/stlzootube.

 

Free, Cheap Things To Do In St. Louis This Weekend

Looking for free and cheap things to do in St. Louis this weekend? You have plenty of choices. Check out this sampling of fun free and cheap things happening this weekend in St. Louis.

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Events for the weekend of February 6, 2015:

Maple Sugar Festival

Come to the Maple Sugar Festival and learn how maple trees are tapped and how early settlers boiled sap over open fires. The fun happens 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at Rockwoods Reservation, 2751 Glencoe Road in Wildwood. The event is FREE.  It’s sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Visitors can taste delicious syrup, sugar on snow taffy, and pure maple sugar. And, they can learn to do all of this right in your own backyard!

No reservations are necessary. Parking will be available at Rockwoods Reservation and off-site via shuttle bus.

 

Soulard Mardi Gras Continues With Dogs, Taste

Soulard Mardi GrasSoulard Mardi Gras  continues this weekend with the Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard Saturday and Sunday and the Beggin’ Pet Parade and the PetSmart Wiener Dog Derby on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Between now and Fat Tuesday Soulard, Mardi Gras features many events–and many of them are FREE!

Other upcoming Soulard Mardi Gras events include:

Check out all the Soulard Mardi Gras events.

Delta Dental Winter Zoo Fun At Saint Louis Zoo

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Delta Dental Winter Zoo is fun at the Saint Louis Zoo in the middle of winter.

It’s a day of  FREE activities, games and crafts with the kids on Sundays, Feb.  8 and 15, 2015. The activities will be available from11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Delta Dental’s Tooth WizardSM and his sister Tooth FairySM will star in the Land of Smiles® stage show in Anheuser Busch Theater in The Living World building at 11:30 a.m. each week. In addition to teaching good oral health habits, Land of Smiles will educate children on the benefits of eating healthy foods and active play 60 minutes a day. Each child attending the show will receive a free “smile bag” containing dental health supplies to help put them on track for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Movin’ All Around the Land of Smiles activity, by Delta Dental, will take place in The Living World at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. on Feb. 15).

Watch a video on the Zoo’s WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in Punta San Juan, Peru; enjoy Humboldt penguin and takin keeper chats and enrichment activities; and listen to live music each week.

On Sunday, February 15, join the Zoo for the best family Mardi Gras celebration in town. Delta Dental Mardi Gras includes mask making, beads, live music and more. Turn your child’s wagon or stroller into a Mardi Gras parade float, and join in the parade through the Zoo at 3 p.m. led by the Zoo’s costumed characters and Delta Dental’s Land of Smiles characters.

Admission to the Zoo and Winter Zoo activities is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities and games are designed for kids aged 2-10. No reservations are needed. The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Winter Zoo is sponsored by Delta Dental of Missouri, Prairie Farms Dairy and FM NewsTalk 97.1.

For more information about the Saint Louis Zoo, visit www.stlzoo.orgwww.facebook.com/stlzoo,www.twitter.com/stlzoowww.youtube.com/stlzootube.

 

World Bird Sanctuary Offers Free ‘Keeper Talks’ Saturday, Sunday

Keeper Talks at World Bird Sanctuary

Learn more about birds like where they come from and what they eat at a Keeper Talk at the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park this weekend. The keepers give the “talk” each Saturday and Sunday as they do the morning feedings.

Keeper talks and parking are FREE as is admission to the World Bird Sanctuary. Meet at 9 a.m. opposite the wildlife hospital.

The Sanctuary is near the intersection of Interstate 44 and Route 141 in Valley Park just west of St. Louis. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m; closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission and parking are free.

The attraction features live displays of bald eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, vultures, parrots and reptiles and free seasonal shows, nature trails, educational programs and picnic pavilions.

 

Award-Winning Author To Kick Off Black History Month At St. Louis County Library

 

Award-winning author Tavis Smiley to kick off Black History Month at the St. Louis County Library

New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley will kick off the St. Louis County Library‘s Black History Month celebration at 7 p.m., February 7 at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Smiley will discuss and sign his latest book “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year.” The program is FREE and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The library says this about Smiley and his work:

“From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, Tavis Smiley—broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate and philanthropist—has emerged as an outstanding voice for change. Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk show “Tavis Smiley” on PBS, as well as “The Tavis Smiley Show” from Public Radio International (PRI). He has written 18 books, including the New York Times bestseller “The Rich and the Rest of Us.”

In his latest critically-acclaimed book, “Death of a King,” Smiley presents a dramatic chronicle of the12 months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.

Martin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King’s life, revealing the minister’s trials and tribulations—denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country’s black middle class and militants, and assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics—all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy.

Smiley’s “Death of a King” paints a portrait of a leader and visionary in a narrative different from all that have come before. Here is an exceptional glimpse into King’s life—one that adds both nuance and gravitas to his legacy as an American hero.”

Delta Dental Winter Zoo Fun At Saint Louis Zoo

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Ready for a mid-January break?  Delta Dental Winter Zoo give you a chance to enjoy FREE activities, games and crafts with the kids at the Saint Louis Zoo on Sundays, January 25 and February 1, 8 and 15, 2015. The activities will be available from11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Delta Dental’s Tooth WizardSM and his sister Tooth FairySM will star in the Land of Smiles® stage show in Anheuser Busch Theater in The Living World building at 11:30 a.m. each week. In addition to teaching good oral health habits, Land of Smiles will educate children on the benefits of eating healthy foods and active play 60 minutes a day. Each child attending the show will receive a free “smile bag” containing dental health supplies to help put them on track for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Movin’ All Around the Land of Smiles activity, by Delta Dental, will take place in The Living World at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. on Feb. 15).

Watch a video on the Zoo’s WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in Punta San Juan, Peru; enjoy Humboldt penguin and takin keeper chats and enrichment activities; and listen to live music each week.

On Sunday, February 15, join the Zoo for the best family Mardi Gras celebration in town. Delta Dental Mardi Gras includes mask making, beads, live music and more. Turn your child’s wagon or stroller into a Mardi Gras parade float, and join in the parade through the Zoo at 3 p.m. led by the Zoo’s costumed characters and Delta Dental’s Land of Smiles characters.

Admission to the Zoo and Winter Zoo activities is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities and games are designed for kids aged 2-10. No reservations are needed. The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Winter Zoo is sponsored by Delta Dental of Missouri, Prairie Farms Dairy and FM NewsTalk 97.1.

For more information about the Saint Louis Zoo, visit www.stlzoo.orgwww.facebook.com/stlzoo,www.twitter.com/stlzoowww.youtube.com/stlzootube.

 

Help Saint Louis Zoo Name Baby

Saint Louis Zoo baby orangutan

Photo by Stephanie Braccini, Saint Louis Zoo

 

The Saint Louis Zoo is looking for help naming its new baby Sumatran orangutan. Beginning today you can cast your vote in the Saint Louis Zoo’s Name the Baby poll.

The baby’s a girl born December 14, and the  Zoo’s Great Ape care team was asked to select a few  female names for her. Her mother is  Merah, and her father is Cinta. They all live at the Zoo’s Jungle of the Apes. The baby orangutan is not currently on view.

You can cast your vote for one of the four name choices through midnight, January 16, 2015. They are:

•           Marigold

•           Lucy

•           Cranberry

•           Ginger

To vote online, go to the zoo’s website, Facebook, TwitterInstagram or Pinterest. You can also vote in person at the North Entrance Zoo Welcome Desk or by mailing a “Vote for the Baby Orangutan Name” postcard with your name, address and your vote to Name the Baby Orangutan, Saint Louis Zoo, #1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63110.

The winning name will be revealed during a baby shower for Merah and the newborn at 10 a.m.,  Monday, January 19 at Jungle of the Apes. Merah will reveal her baby’s name, and the orangutans will enjoy special enrichment presents and a cake.

Visitors can bring a gift to help celebrate the new addition. You can find a wish list on the Zoo website for the wish list, or select from the list below. Many of these items are used in the day-to-day care of the orangutans to provide extra comfort and enrichment or shared with chimpanzee and gorilla cousins:

•           Heavy fleece blankets, sheets, towels

•           Paper lunch bags or paper grocery bags

•           DVDs – cartoons/nature shows

•           Kong toys

•           Gift cards: Otto Environmental, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Petco, PetSmart

•           Strong plastic cups and bowls

•           Jumbo Lego blocks

The orangutan species is endangered due to the rate of habitat loss.  A global demand for palm oil has resulted in widespread deforestation and subsequent drastic declines in the number of orangutans that survive in the wild.

The Saint Louis Zoo has been named America’s top zoo by Zagat Survey and Parenting Magazine. It is widely recognized for its innovative approaches to animal management, wildlife conservation, research and education. One of the few free zoos in the nation, it attracts about 3,000,000 visitors a year.

8 Best Places To See Holiday Lights In St. Louis

Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical GardenThere’s no time like Christmas in St. Louis. With lights a-twinkling, Santa visiting and enough activities to keep families busy virtually every day of the month, St. Louis’s December calendar is indeed full.

Here are some of the best places in St. Louis to see holiday lights.  Enjoy!

Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo.  It’s Christmas in the jungle. Colorful lights, animated displays and seasonal sounds greet visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo nightly December 19-23 and 26-30 and January 2-3, 2015. Tickets include activities for kids. 

Winter Wonderland in Tilles County Park. Through January 1, 2015. This amazing light display is an annual favorite with young and old alike. It will dazzle you with a million twinkling holiday lights and characters and festive scenes.

Anheuser-Busch BreweryLight Display. Thursday-Sunday through January 4, 2015.  More than a half-million sparkling lights outline the red-brick buildings of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Even the iconic clock tower is a-twinkle. If you’re 21 or older, this year you can sample your favorite beers too.

Garden Glow  Through January 3, 2015. This year’s expanded display of glimmering lights includes a half million holiday lights set in the familiar scenes of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

3rd Annual Window Walk in the Central West End. Through December 22. This event showcases Central West End retail and restaurants’ holiday-themed window displays.Visitors who come to the Central West End during Window Walk will see the area transformed into a winter wonderland and experience an eclectic atmosphere that celebrates the holiday season.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom.Through January 4.  This drive-through park in Jellystone Park Resort in nearby Eureka, features flying reindeer, a tree land village of elves, splashing dolphins, a shimmering 300-foot waterfall that flows from the sky and other magical scenes. Kids will want to visit with Santa in his workshop, ride the Santa Express train or take an old fashioned holiday wagon through the kingdom.

Way of Lights at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine. Through January 2, 2015. Located in nearby Belleville, Ill. visitors embark on a mile-and-a-half drive to Bethlehem. The scriptural journey features more than a million lights in displays with life-size biblical statues scriptural journey to Bethlehem via unusual electro-art displays.

Citygarden in downtown St. Louis. With its whimsical works of art, Citygarden has capture the imagination of those who have visited it. Now, for the holidays, it takes on a whole new look when the sun goes down.

 

Saint Louis Zoo Sets Holiday 'Wild Lights' Dates

Wild Lights at the Saint Louis ZooA sparkling array of 500,000 lights await you as you wander through the Saint Louis Zoo’s U.S. Bank Wild Lights.

Wild Lights will be open  Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, November 28-December 14, and nightly December 19-23 and 26-30, 2014, and January 2-3, 2015, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (The exhibit is closed on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.)

The whimsical light displays is sure to enchant visitors. It has a snowfall flurry walk, beautiful swan lake, poppin’ prairie dogs, an Arctic wonderland, an illuminated penguin colony, a fantasy butterfly garden and a charming gingerbread village, flamboyant flamingos, numerous trees ablaze in lights and more.

Visitors can warm up in the tropics of the Monsanto Insectarium and the Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium, where they can see see colorful insects, reptiles and amphibians from around the world.

Then they can gather ‘round the fire to fluff their fur, warm their paws and perk up their listening ears as they listen as theatrical interpreters present animal stories.

Visitors can aboard their favorite animal on the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel ($3). At the 4D motion simulator ($4), they can slide along with “Ice Age: Return of the Dinosaurs.” Rides are weather permitting.

Visitors can also take a detour to Lakeside Cafe for dinner, snacks and hot chocolate. Youngsters can make festive crafts to take home while listening to holiday music.

Live performances by local groups will occur on select nights.  Zoo gift shops will offer a variety of unique gift ideas and Wild Lights visitors receive a 10% discount on any purchase. The discount is 20 % if you’re a Zoo member.

Holiday Light Recycling Drive

The  Zoo is partnering with St. Louis Green to collect non-working holiday lights to be recycled and keep them out of landfills. The public may drop off lights in recycle bins at the Zoo’s north and south entrances during Zoo hours through Jan. 18 and on evenings Wild Lights is held through Jan. 3.

Wild Lights Admission

Admission to Wild Lights is $7 per person; $6 for Zoo members (no passes accepted). Children under 2 are free. Reservations are not required. Advance tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 314-646-4771.

Groups of 15 or more can get a group rate of $6 per person by calling in advance.  To order group tickets, call 314-646-4718 or email the zoo office at groups@stlzoo.org.

Free parking will be available on the South Lot on Wells Drive near I-64 during Wild Lights. Visitors should enter the event through the South Entrance.

U.S. Bank Wild Lights is sponsored by U.S. Bank, Eaton Corporation, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® at the Zoo and Fresh 102.5.

 

 

Last Chance For 'Boo At The Zoo,' Saint Louis Zoo's Not-So-Scary Halloween Celebration

Saint Louis Zoo's 'Boo At The Zoo' for Halloween

It’s your last chance to take your kids to The Saint Louis Zoo‘s Boo at the Zoo.

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

The event is held  5:30 to 8:30. The last day is 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.] 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.

'Boo At The Zoo' Is Saint Louis Zoo's Not-So-Scary Halloween Celebration

Saint Louis Zoo's 'Boo At The Zoo' for HalloweenThe Saint Louis Zoo has taken on a Halloween look for Boo at the 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.

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.