Zoo gears up for summerWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Toledo Zoo offers a wide range of special events for the family to enjoy, ranging from the opening of the new children’s zoo to a black-tie affair for adults.
The new Nature’s Neighborhood children’s zoo is scheduled to open June 19.
“Nature’s Neighborhood creates a unique opportunity for children to connect with animals and nature,” said Anne Baker, executive director of The Toledo Zoo. “This fully interactive, year-round children’s zoo is going to inspire children for generations to come, and it’s all possible thanks to the voters of Lucas County.”
Voters approved the zoo’s capital levy request in 2006 that provided funding for the children’s zoo, in addition to other improved exhibits.
Nature’s Neighborhood re-imagines the traditional children’s zoo with a fully interactive and 100 percent “explore-able” exhibit, according to Baker. Youngsters will encounter animals from goats and guinea pigs to exotic birds and insects, learning about the natural world by playing in it, according to the zoo.
A Mediterranean Vineyard Adventure will be hosted May 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the zoo’s Rose Garden. Adults are invited to sample wines from that region at a cost of $35 per person for zoo members and $40 for non-members.
The “ZOOtoDO: White Night” is a chic, black-tie top and shorts-bottom affair for grownups set for June 12, with more than 50 of the area’s caterers and restaurants providing the food with live music on multiple stages.
The evening begins at 6 p.m., with a reception featuring specialty appetizers from 10 establishments until 7:30 when guests can dance and sample the wares of 40 additional caterers and restaurants through midnight, the zoo said on its web site.
The net proceeds from this event presented by National City Bank directly support the continued development of the zoo’s exhibits and programs.
Tickets for the “ZOOtoDO” are $150 per adult (21 or older), which includes food and entertainment. VIP seating for tables of 10 and sponsorship opportunities begin at $2,250.
For tickets or more information, contact Robin Guidera at (419) 385-5721 Ext. 2091 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
A Father’s Day celebration and barbecue will be June 21, when dads are admitted to the zoo for free. The zoo is home to its own dads from Boomer the orangutan to Simon the saddle-billed stork.
The zoo will help celebrate the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act with ADA Day at the Zoo on July 27. The Ability Center of Toledo will hold its annual information fair to educate the public on a wide range of goods and services for people with disabilities.
The annual Arts Gone Wild Festival will celebrate Toledo’s artistic talents on Aug. 7 and 8 at the Toledo Botanical Gardens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each day will feature free stationary and strolling performances and hands-on activities with 13 local organizations showcasing cultural experiences.
More events will be scheduled during the summer months, with information available at the Web site www.toledozoo.org/events.