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Zoo Goes Blue

March 28, 2014
By: Katy, NorthshoreParent.com Blogger
Katy Monnot

Zoo Goes Blue

Audubon Zoo is definitely one of the best places to take your kids in the city of New Orleans. If you grew up here you probably have your own memories of the place and I even know people without kids who have memberships just because it’s pretty and there’s always something interesting going on.

If you have a child with special needs, however, there is one amazing day that you must put on your calendar--Zoo Goes Blue. On this day families are not only welcome, but encouraged to come to the Audubon Zoo. They also have organizations that support special needs in attendance that day so families can meet with them and learn more about what they do.

The best part, however, is getting a chance to be around other families who “get” what your family is like. You don’t worry about stares and making other people uncomfortable--you just go and be yourself. 

Audubon Nature Institute is partnering with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to host a special Zoo Goes Blue event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for visitors with autism and their families. Guests can enjoy special activities at the Capital One Stage and Field, including music and animal encounters,and learn more about Autism Speaks and its programs in New Orleans. Boudreaux D. Nutria, the mascot of the New Orleans Zephyrs, will be on hand from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Eileen Lumar-Johnson, director of community relations at Audubon Nature Institute at ejohnson@auduboninstitute.org for information about a special admission offer for individuals with autism and their families.

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