I’ve got big news, I was chosen for the Bronx Zoo/NY Aquarium Blogger Ambassador Program! I’m a huge fan (I live right near the Queens Zoo), but I haven’t gotten to know the Bronx Zoo as well. But with this ambassador program, that will change. I will be spending lots of time there (as well as getting to know the Central Park and Prospect Park Zoos). I’m happy to announce the Bronx Zoo is kicking off their Animal Tales Extravaganza this weekend!
This is the third year and you can see it on weekends from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, June 30. Animal Tales Extravaganza is included with zoo admission!
Each weekend of Animal Tales Extravaganza includes an array of activities for families and children. The zoo’s Dancing Crane Pavillion will host story time, presented by Plum Organics. Parents and little ones can enjoy a variety of animal-themed books from Simon & Schuster, Candlewick Press, and Hyperion. Children can then stage their own animal tale with a puppet they create at the Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschools crafts area.
In addition, this year features a special production – Avenue ZOO – featuring a guest appearance by Kate Monster, the beloved puppet star of the Tony Award-winning musical AVENUE Q.
Running each weekend on the zoo’s Asia Plaza Stage, Avenue ZOO highlights the importance of wildlife conservation in a fun, entertaining way. It is a musical tale in which Kate Monster meets exotic animals and discovers that though they may seem strange and different, they are not as scary as she thought. Avenue ZOO performances will be at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. each weekend from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, Sept. 9.
Also, the main stage has something for everyone throughout the spring season. Highlights of this season’s main stage entertainment include:
· April 21 and April 22 – Storybook Fun with Curious George
· April 28 and 29 – Marvel’s Avengers: Heroes Saving the Earth featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and HULK
· May 5 and 6 – Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego: We Did It!
· May 12 and 13 – Sportacus from Sprout’s Lazytown
· May 19 and 20 – Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve
· June 2 and 3 – Ferdinand the Bull
· June 9 and 10 – Barney™ Sing-Along
· June 16 and 17 – Super Sprowtz™
· June 30 – Spider-Man takes over the zoo
At the Dancing Crane Pavillion, Meet-and-greets are scheduled with top children’s entertainment characters including Yo Gabba Gabba; Marvel’s Avengers; Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego, Sportacus from Sprout’s Lazytown; Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie; Buddy the T-Rex from Dinosaur Train; Maisy Mouse; Olivia and more.
Saturday, June 2: Mainstage: Music Unites Youth Choir of Women’s Academy of Excellence with The Naked Brothers Band – the Music Unites Youth Choir of Women’s Academy of Excellence salutes wildlife through song with Nat and Alex Wolff of Naked Brothers Band – formerly on Nickelodeon.
Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17: Actor LeVar Burton will make an appearance for a special storybook reading. LeVar will share his favorite tips and techniques to encourage young readers and host a special preview of the new Reading Rainbow iPad book discovery and reading application.
A full listing of Animal Tales Extravaganza dates and times is available at http://apps.bronxzoo.com/animal-tales/
This opening weekend kicks off with a Meet & Greet with Yo Gabba Gabba! and Storybook Fun with Curious George!
April 21st and April 22nd:
Mainstage: Storybook Fun with Curious George
Enjoy a high-energy, interactive live performance featuring songs, games, storybook readings, fun dances and lots of audience participation with one of today’s most popular storybook characters!
11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm Adjacent to Grizzly Bears
Meet & Greet with Yo Gabba Gabba!
Meet Brobee, Toodee and Foofa from the rockin’. pre-school series Yo Gabba Gabba!
12:30pm and 2:30pm at Dancing Crane Pavillion.
For hours, directions and more info, go to: www.bronxzoo.com.
Plus, buy tickets online and save 20% HERE (from April 17th – May 6th)
Disclaimer: Our blog is participating in a sponsored ambassador program from the Bronx Zoo/NY Aquarium. As a part of this program we have received paid advertising compensation, a premium family membership and merchandise for placement of digital advertisements and specific postings related to programming.