By Nancy Johnson Horn, Editor —
The sun is shining, the weather’s better – it’s time to get back to being outside. I’m happy to announce that I am part of the Wildlife Conversation Society’s Zoo Crew again and that there are some great things coming up this year. One is that the very popular Dinosaur Safari is back at the Bronx Zoo.
Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed
From now until – November 2nd
The 2014 Dinosaur Safari ride provides a whole new dinosaur experience! Visitors will be transformed into detectives and discover how fossils provide clues to what really occurred in our prehistoric past. Witness a gigantic T.rex stalking an injured Triceratops! Catch a peek of mothers protecting their nests and curious babies from lurking predators. Keep your eyes peeled for dinosaur goo from 3 spitting Dilophosaurus. With tons of adventure, interactive vignettes, magnificent dinosaurs, and lush surroundings, this year’s Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed is bigger, badder, and better than ever!
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo at the Bronx Zoo – April 16th – 20th
Take a tour through the prehistoric world with an eye-popping array of ancient creatures brought to life through the art of puppetry. Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo at the Bronx Zoo is an interactive, highly imaginative show where guests can meet a menagerie of dinosaurs, developed in consultation with paleontologists based on the latest discoveries. Employing sophisticated design and electronics, these giants are brought to life by skilled performers and puppeteers, made all the more real through the magic of theatre.
Peeps® Brand Presents: Dinosaur Eggstravaganza! – April 19th & 20th
Come celebrate the Easter holiday in dino-mite fashion! Receive a scavenger hunt sheet at the gate and search for graphic dinosaur “eggs” within certain exhibits based on the clues provided. One you have found all of the eggs redeem your scavenger hunt sheet for a special treat!
Dinosaurs Rock Show® – May 10th & 11th and May 17th & 18th
Back by popular demand, DINOSAURS ROCK® will be making their 4th appearance at the Bronx Zoo in this exciting and educational performance, complete with life-size, museum-quality fossils as the backdrop. Dinosaur expert Neil Brown brings the museum to you in this interactive show where guests can learn about real fossils and dinosaurs in a fun, entertaining way.
Meet Molly Idle – May 31st
Enjoy story time and a dinosaur drawing demo with Molly Idle, author of the popular children’s book, Camp Rex.
I recommend getting a family premium membership (it would make a great gift from the grandparents! hint, hint). If you live close to the Zoo or the NYC area, having a membership can really be bonus. You can use it at the Bronx Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and NY Aquarium (in Brooklyn). It gets you free parking and free admission to special exhibits (Camel Ride and Clydesdale Carriage Ride are excluded), a discount on Dinosaur Safari ($2 off each ticket), ). You also get to take extra visitors with you (great for when Grandma comes to visit). We have the family premium membership and it was really great to park closer to the attractions (at the Asia Gate).
There are two kinds of family memberships, I recommend the family premium membership at $189 – you get more perks and $150 of it is tax deductible. It pays for itself even if you go two times. For a family of 4 (with kids over 3) even if you get the online discount tickets, it’s $104.24, and add in $15 for parking. If you go on a Wednesday, it’s is a suggested donation day. Suggested donations are $16 for adults, $12 for children, and $14 for seniors.
For discounted tickets — go to https://tickets.wcs.org/mainstore.asp?cid=0
There is a military discount rate — The Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium offer year-round discounts to any active duty or reserve members of the U.S. Military when they present a valid military ID at the admissions gate. Discounted tickets are available at the admissions booths only, not through our online ticket store.
FREE Total Experience Ticket or General Admission ticket*
50% discount for up to three family members included on the same admissions transaction.*
*Military discounts are not applicable on Wednesdays at the Bronx Zoo or on Fridays after 3:00 p.m. at the New York Aquarium.
For more information, go to http://www.bronxzoo.com.