I am so excited to announce that I am a Bronx Zoo Ambassador. I can’t imagine a more wonderful place to spend some warm spring and summer days at. Not only is it educational, it is also awe inspiring. With so much to see, you’ll be going back over and over again and discovering new things at every turn. We love all the programming they provide in addition to the already captivating exhibits. Bringing the experience truly to life!
Animal Tales Extravaganza returns to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo for the third year, on weekends from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, June 30. And Animal Tales Extravaganza is included with your zoo admission!
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 one of our favorite brands, 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. Who doesn’t love Kate Monster!
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
Children will enjoy meeting some of their favorite personalities at the Dancing Crane Pavilion. 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.
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.
This opening weekend, April 21st and April 22nd, kicks off with a Meet & Greet with Yo Gabba Gabba! and Storybook Fun with Curious George!
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 Plaza
A full listing of Animal Tales Extravaganza dates and times is available at http://apps.bronxzoo.com/animal-tales/
For hour, direction and more info, go to: www.bronxzoo.com.