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Audubon Happenings April - June 2013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 

March 26, 2013
Contact:  Katie Smith
Office 504-378-2693
Cell 504-278-0542


Audubon Nature Institute
April-June 2013

(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 with exception to Audubon Zoo's extended hours (open until 6pm) from Memorial Day (May 27) to Labor Day (September 2).  All attractions are closed on Mondays. 

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 26 to prepare for Zoo to Do for Kids. The Zoo will be closed all day on May 3 to prepare for Whitney Zoo to Do. Also, the Zoo will close at 3pm on June 5 to prepare for ZOObilation.
Audubon Golf Course is open seven days a week, Monday – Sunday.
An Audubon Experience ticket includes admission to Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX® Theatre and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.
Adults (13-64)                                                $44.50
Children (2-12)                                               $31.50
Senior Citizens (65+)                                      $31.50
Please visit
 for more information on hours of operation and combination admission prices.
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Cool Zoo: A Wild and Wet Splash Park – Audubon Zoo
Keeping cool and having fun! An exciting park full of
water activities anchored by an incredible alligator water slide!

Audubon's Backstage Penguin Pass is an exciting way to meet the Aquarium's penguins up close! Click here for more details.
Cool Zoo Opens
Audubon Zoo
March 30
Audubon Zoo’s popular attraction opens for the season March 30. Cool Zoo is an amazing array of fun water toys and activities, including a giant white alligator slide. Visit all day long!
French Quarter Festival
Woldenberg Riverfront Park
April 11 - 14
French Quarter Festival main stages are in Woldenberg Park. French Quarter Festival features the best New Orleans musical performers, and is a great precursor to Jazz Fest. 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.
Zoo-to-Do for Kids
Audubon Zoo
April 26
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 Kids is 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 for more information on sponsor and patron ticket prices.
Whitney Zoo-to-Do
Audubon Zoo
May 3
7:00pm-Midnight (Sponsor and Patron Party, Audubon Tea Room)
8:00pm-Midnight (Gala)
Whitney Zoo-To-Do remains New Orleans’s premiere benefit event. Audubon Zoo is elegant and offers a magical, moon-lit setting complete with nationally-recognized entertainment (Björn Again - performing the greatest hits of ABBA), breathtaking decorations, silent auction and Zoo-To-Do Luxury Vehicle Raffle for a brand-new 2013 Lexus ES300h. 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 $200 per individual. Visit for more information on sponsor and patron ticket prices. 
Mother’s Day Celebration Presented by Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Audubon Zoo
May 12
Free Admission for Moms!
Continue the time-honored tradition of celebrating Mother’s Day at Audubon Zoo! For 30 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.
Asian Pacific American Society Festival
Audubon Zoo
May 25
Celebrate decades of pride, partnership and progress at the APAS festival! There will be live entertainment, delicious Asian cuisine and exquisite arts and crafts.
Audubon Zoo
June 5
ZOObilation is an appreciation party for Audubon Members, featuring live music, kids activities and much more.  This event is 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.
5th ANT-iversary
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
June 8 - 9
Guests are invited to celebrate the 5th ANT-iversary of the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium with art projects, prizes, and  birthday cake and cookies.

Southern Fried Swamp Fest
Audubon Zoo
June 15 - 16

Visitors enjoy activities at Audubon Zoo and sample an array of fried food delicacies.  This family-style festival spotlights the culture of South Louisiana with music, cultural demonstrators and one-of-a-kind crafts.


Stroller Safari
Audubon Zoo
Bring your 18-36 month-old child to the Zoo with their favorite adult for a great adventure with nature. Short classes with a Zoo educator introduce children to their first nature concepts, offer outdoor exercises and present some of our favorite animal exhibits. Each class is designed around an animal theme with stories, a nature craft and a visit to the animal exhibit. This is a one-on-one experience for child and caregiver, please understand that siblings within the same 18-36 month age range cannot be accommodated without another adult registered in this special program.
Safari After Dark
Audubon Zoo
April 6 and May 11 (5:30pm-9:30am the next morning)
$45 for members, $55 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.
Zoo Camp Begins
Audubon Zoo
June 3-Aug 2
$200 per week for members, $250 for non-members
Zoo Camp at the Audubon Zoo is for children entering Pre-K through 4th grade in the fall of 2010. Choose a week at a time or a 4-week session. Children participate in animal encounters, behind-scenes tours, crafts, science and now our new Cool Zoo splash park! Online registration begins March 1.
Zoo Explorers Camp
Audubon Zoo
June 3-Aug 2
$250 per week for members, $300 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

Show times are subject to change, see website for movie descriptions
10am    To the Arctic 3D
11am    The Last Reef 3D
12pm    To the Arctic 3D
  1pm    Hurricane on the Bayou
  2pm     To the Arctic 3D
  3pm     The Last Reef 3D
  4pm     Hurricane on the Bayou
  5pm (Tue – Fri)    To the Arctic 3D
  5pm (Sat/Sun Only)    Hobbit 3D Rated PG-13   2 hrs 50 min


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Audubon Nature Institute is a 501(c)3 not for profit that operates a family of museums and parks dedicated to nature. These New Orleans facilities include: Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Audubon Wilderness Park, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Audubon Nature Institute Foundation.


Mailing address: Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
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