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Out with the fear and in with family fun during ZooBoo at Lowry Park Zoo

by Banks Lee

ZooBoo KIDS Lowry Park Zoo

RIP haunted houses and screams. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is introducing an all new happier Halloween experience known as ZooBoo Kids on select days in October.

Designed for kids age 11 and under, ZooBoo Kids is a daytime Halloween celebration with a twist – candy, bats and scaredy cats. This year’s “fright-free” festivities start at 1 p.m. with extended Zoo hours until 7 p.m. on event days.

“The Zoo is a place where families can make memories every time they visit,” said Tony Moore, chief operating officer. “We wanted to create a new experience that represented Halloween through the eyes of a child – a whimsical world of costumes, candy and fairytales. At ZooBoo Kids, families will find all of these things in a safe and fear-free atmosphere.”

Activities will include:
• Trick-or-Treat Stations
• Crazy Corn Maze
• Jeepers Creepers Animal Encounters
• Kooky Not Spooky Character Appearances
• Scaredy Cat’s Fun House
• Not-So-Scary Story Time
• Fun Fortune Teller
• Pumpkin Toss Animal Enrichments
• Costumes, Characters and Barnyard Animals Parade
• Monster Mash Groovy Tunes
• Halloween Cookie Decorating
• Face Painting

Kids are invited to come in their most spooktacular attire and have a howling good time with their favorite furry and feathered friends. Plus, watch some of the Zoo’s animals have a good time too with pumpkin enrichments on select days.

Unlike prior years, ZooBoo Kids is a daytime event. Activities are included with Zoo daytime admission and free for Zoo members. Dates are Oct. 10-11, 17-18, 23-26, 30-31 and Nov. 1.

Toy weapons of any sort will not be permitted. For the comfort and safety of all guests, guests 12 and older are prohibited from wearing masks, wigs, face paint or costumes of any kind. Adults must accompany children during the event. Activities are included with paid Zoo admission or Zoo membership. Visit LowryParkZoo.org/ZooBooKIDS for details.

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