Audubon Happenings: April - June 2012

2012-03-16

Audubon Nature Institute Happenings
April - June 2012

Cool Zoo, Audubon Zoo

Whitney Zoo-To-Do, Audubon Zoo

Animal Grossology, AAOA

March 16, 2012                                                                                                 New Orleans, LA

Throughout April, May and June, Audubon Zoo (6500 Magazine St.), Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (1 Canal St.), Entergy IMAX® Theatre (1 Canal St.) and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium (423 Canal St.) are open 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday. All attractions are closed on Mondays.

However, all attractions are open on April 9 for Easter Monday.

Beginning Memorial Day, all venues will be open 7 days a week through Labor Day. This is a change from the previous “closed Mondays” schedule for Audubon attractions.

Audubon Zoo will close at 1pm on April 27 to prepare for Zoo to Do for Kids presented by Humana. The Zoo will be closed all day on May 4 to prepare for Whitney Zoo to Do. Also, the Zoo will close at 3pm on June 6 to prepare for ZOObilation.

Audubon Golf Course is open seven days a week, Monday – Sunday.

2012 ATTRACTION ADMISSION PRICES

 ZooAquariumInsectariumIMAXAudubon Experience - all 4 attractions
Adult$16$21$16$10.50$35
Child (2-12)$11$14$11$7.50$19
Sr. Citizen (65+)$13$17$13$9.50$19

Audubon’s Dinosaur Adventure at Audubon Zoo
$2.00 – Members
$4.00 – General Public

In addition to paid Zoo admission.

AUDUBON EXPERIENCE
An Audubon Experience ticket includes admission to Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX® Theatre and Audubon Insectarium.
 
Adults (13-64)                        $35
Children (2-12)                       $19
Senior Citizens (65+)              $19

Please visit www.AudubonInstitute.org for more information on hours of operation and combination admission prices.

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NEW THIS SUMMER
  Animal Grossology
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Visitors experience some of the stinkiest, slimiest and downright yukkiest creatures on Earth in this new exhibit that takes a slightly different view of the animal kingdom. Solid science and interactive entertainment translates into big fun for Aquarium guests. Learn why cows chew cud, how snail slime could help treat cystic fibrosis, and why the dung beetle is nature’s original pooper scooper. Limited engagement - included with admission.

EVENTS

March 31 - Cool Zoo Re-Opens
Audubon Zoo

Audubon Zoo’s popular new attraction opens for its second season March 31. Cool Zoo is an amazing array of fun water toys and activities, including a giant white alligator slide. Visit all day long!

Cool Zoo 2012 pricing:
Individual tickets:
$5 – members
$7 – non-members

POP tickets: Pay one price and enjoy all of Audubon Zoo’s additional-fee attractions, including Cool Zoo, the Endangered Species Carousel, the Swamp Train and Audubon’s Dinosaur Adventure. Visit as often as you’d like throughout the whole day!
$9 – members
$12- non-members

 

March 31 and April 1 (9am-10am) - Dino Egg Hunt
Audubon Zoo
$24 for member children collecting eggs, $32 for non-member children collecting eggs. $6 for members, $16 for non-members

Our Dinosaur Egg Hunt is an educational egg-hunt for the spring holidays that only the dinosaur lovers can fully appreciate. Kids will get to meet some dinosaur relatives, enjoy a snack, make a dinosaur craft and hunt for their own dinosaur eggs! All registrants also get to enter the dinosaur exhibit and experience the real thing. This event is full of activities for the whole family!
Register Now!

April 12 - 15 - French Quarter Festival
Woldenberg Riverfront Park

French Quarter Festival main stages are in Woldenberg Park. French Quarter Festival features the best New Orleans musical performers, and is a great pre-curser to Jazz Fest. There are also smaller, intimate concerts at Woldenberg throughout the year. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Entergy IMAX® Theatre are both open during French Quarter Festival. Just down Canal Street, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium will be open as well.

April 14 and May 12 (5:30pm-9:30am the next morning) - Safari After Dark
Audubon Zoo
$40 for members, $53 for non-members

Have you ever wanted to camp out in the Zoo overnight? Now's your chance! This educational event is for families (children under 5 may be too young for this activity) that want to experience the wonders of nature overnight at Audubon Zoo.

April 27 - Zoo-to-Do for Kids presented by Humana
Audubon Zoo
5pm-9pm (Sponsor and Patron Party in the VIP Hospitality Tent
5:30pm-9pm (Early Admittance)
6:30pm-9pm (General Admittance)
Zoo-To-Do for Kidsis New Orleans’s premiere benefit event for children of all ages. Audubon Zoo is transformed into a magical play land filled with giant inflatables, live entertainment and complimentary food and libations to delight every palate. General admission ticket prices are $25 for non-members and $20 for members. Visit AudubonInstitute.org/ztdk for more information on sponsor and patron ticket prices.

May 4 - Whitney Zoo-to-Do
Audubon Zoo
7:00pm-Midnight (Sponsor and Patron Party, Audubon Tea Room)
8:00pm-Midnight (Gala)

Whitney Zoo-To-Doremains New Orleans’s premiere benefit event. Audubon Zoo is elegant and offers a magical, moon-lit setting complete with nationally-recognized entertainment (this year the incredible The Family Stone!), breathtaking decorations, silent auction and Zoo-To-Do Luxury Vehicle Raffle for a brand-new Lexus CT200h. The finest cuisine from seventy local restaurants and libations from fifty beverage bars is a hallmark of Whitney Zoo-To-Do. Gala ticket prices are $195 per individual. Visit AudubonInstitute.org/ztd for more information on sponsor and patron ticket prices.

May 13 - Mother’s Day Celebration
Audubon Zoo
Free Admission for Moms!

Continue the time-honored tradition of celebrating Mother’s Day at Audubon Zoo! For 29 years Irma Thomas has been helping Audubon celebrate Mother's Day with her unforgettable music. Cherish this New Orleans treasure with your mom in Audubon's beautiful natural setting. Join us for music, food, crafts and fun as we celebrate Mother's Day at Audubon Zoo.

May 18 and 19 - Endangered Species Days
Audubon Zoo
10am – 5pm
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will join Audubon Zoo educators at the Zoo with fun activities to teach visitors about endangered animals. Make an endangered species bookmark or go on a scavenger hunt in the Zoo! USFWS will also be distributing nature book reading lists, sponsoring a mix-and-match endangered species game and distributing ESA Teacher Packets for school groups. Kids should also watch for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker mascot who will be making appearances!

May 19 - Asian Pacific American Society Festival
Audubon Zoo
$24 for member children collecting eggs, $32 for non-member children collecting eggs
Celebrate decades of pride, partnership and progress at the APAS festival! There will be live entertainment, delicious Asian cuisine and exquisite arts and crafts.

June 6 - ZOObilation
Audubon Zoo
ZOObilation is an appreciation party for Audubon Members, featuring live music, kids activities and much more.This eventis a special invitation for Audubon Nature Institute member households to peek behind the scenes of their favorite Zoo. ZOObilation visitors enjoy opportunities not offered during regular public hours, such as special tours and a look at what goes on out of public view at the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit.

June 4 through August 3 - Zoo Camp Begins
Audubon Zoo
$245 per week for members, $295 per week for non-members
This science and nature camp is for children going into 5th through 7th grade that are interested in life sciences and interested in animals. Each week includes an off-site field trip or overnight camp out.

June 4 - August 3 - Zoo Explorers Camp
Audubon Zoo
$245 per week for members, $295 per week for non-members
This science and nature camp is for children going into 5th through 7th grade that are interested in life sciences and interested in animals. Each week includes an off-site field trip or overnight camp out.

Zoo Education/Camp Contact:
Brenda Walkenhorst
Phone: (504) 861-5103 / FAX: (504) 861-2426


ENTERGY IMAX® THEATRE

Now playing at Audubon’s Entergy IMAX© Theatre:

Born To Be Wild 3D
Lions 3D – Roar of the Kalahari
Hurricane on the Bayou
Under the Sea 3D
Happy Feet Two

Subject to change. Visit www.auduboninstitute.org or phone (504) 581-4629 for show schedules.

Media Contact:
Sarah BurnettePublic Relations Director
Audubon Nature Institute
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 212-5335

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