bronx-zooTime to dust off the picnic blankets and clean out the picnic baskets and spend time outdoors. Our favorite place to go to as a family this time of year is the Bronx Zoo.

This year, I am WCS Bronx Zoo/NY Aquarium Blog Ambassador and I will be sharing their schedule of events and discount tickets, when available. Yes, a 20% discount – running from April 17 – May 6, which provides a great short term discount on Total Experience tickets that will only be available for this time period.

This weekend at the Bronx Zoo kicks off with a Meet & Greet with Yo Gabba Gabba! and Storybook Fun with Curious George! That’s not all!


Your kids will love the Mainstage: Storybook Fun with Curious George. This is 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!

2:30pm and 2:30pm at Dancing Crane Plaza

Each weekend of Animal Tales Extravaganza includes an array of activities for families and children. The zoo’s Dancing Crane Pavilion will be transformed into an intimate story time corner, presented by Plum Organics.

Zoo-goers can take a break and read from a wide 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

I know that my kids love any opportunity to meet and take pictures with will their favorite personalities. At the Bronx Zoo, the Dancing Crane Pavilion has meet-and-greets 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.

Eight-time Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken will present favorite songs from his collection along with Music Unites Youth Choir of Women’s Academy of Excellence on Saturday, June 2.

Actor LeVar Burton, host of the Peabody award-winning series Reading Rainbow will make an appearance on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17 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.

Find a full listing of Animal Tales Extravaganza dates and times is available HERE. For hour, direction and more info, go to: Plus, buy tickets online and save 20% HERE

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I am so thankful for The Wildlife Conservation Society. Founded in1895, their mission is to save wildlife and wild places across the globe. During their 115 years, they have forged the power of our global conservation work and the management of our five parks in New York City to create the world’s most comprehensive conservation organization. They currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries; and educate millions of visitors at our five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting our planet. Their parks include: the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo. The WCS parks in New York City welcome 4 million visitors each year, and help the city to educate millions of schoolchildren in science and conservation issues.

This year, put The Wildlife Conservation Society on your agenda when in New York. Beautiful, fun, meaningful, and educational for the everybody!

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Disclaimer: I am a WCS Bronx Zoo/NY Aquarium Blog Ambassador and received a family membership in return for my participation in this program.