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Audubon Happenings: January - March 2012
Audubon Nature Institute Happenings
January - March 2012
Soul Fest, Audubon Zoo
Penguin Exhibit, AAOA
December 21, 2011 New Orleans, LA
Audubon Zoo (6500 Magazine St.), is open 10am to 4pm, Tuesday through Friday, and 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday. Beginning March 3, 2012, Audubon Zoo will be open 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday.
All attractions are closed on Mondays and Mardi Gras Day.
2012 ATTRACTION ADMISSION PRICES
|Zoo||Aquarium||Insectarium||IMAX||Audubon Experience - all 4 attractions|
|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.
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.
SPECIAL MONDAY OPENINGS
Audubon Aquarium, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium,
Entergy IMAX® Theatre and Audubon Zoo will be open
the following Mondays:
January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
February 20 - Lundi Gras
REOPENING MARCH 31, 2012 – MORE FUN THAN EVER:
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!
February, 2012 - Black History Month Scavenger Hunt
Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Guests ages 5 – 17 hunt for interesting facts about African American scientists, biologists, zookeepers and other historical figures. All participants are entered into a drawing for a family membership. Activities included in regular admission.
February 21 -24, 2012 - Mardi Gras Camp
$35 per day (9am-3pm) for members, $45 for non-members
Cultural celebrations are fun ways to learn about the world’s animals and peoples. Make Audubon's Mardi Gras Camp part of your child's celebration. Each day is full of animal exploration, scientific investigation, crafts and more at Audubon Zoo! Before and After Care is available – $7 for Before Care and $10 for After Care. This event is created for kids from Kindergarten to 5th Grade. Spaces are limited! Phone (504) 861-5103 for more.
Feb. 20, 2012 - Zulu Lundi Gras Festival
Woldenberg Riverfront Park
The 2012 Zulu Lundi Gras Festival lives up to its good-times reputation for the 20th consecutive year, when the 500 members of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club host a full day of fun and excitement along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. The festival event features local and world-renowned entertainers performing on three stages. The Lundi Gras Festival food vendors kick up dishes like crawfish pie, shrimp Creole, file' gumbo, alligator sausage, Jamaican chicken, crawfish bread, catfish po-boys, peach cobbler, pecan pie and many more New Orleans delicacies. Don’t miss the arrival of the Zulu King and his entourage at 5:00pm.
February 25, 2012 - Get Yah Praise On
12pm – 2pm
A hand-clapping gospel music experience presented in the inspirational setting of Audubon Zoo’s Capital One Stage and Field. Featured headliner: well-known gospel great Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. Local gospel artists Collage II and Tara Alexander complete this soul stirring event, which is included in admission to Audubon Zoo.
February 28, 2012 - Animal Grossology Grand Opening
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.
March 3 and 4, 2012 - Soul Fest
10am – 5pm
Soul Fest, now in its 9th year, is the premier New Orleans celebration of African American music and culture. Created to spotlight the achievements of African Americans while educating Zoo visitors about heritage, culture and wellness, the festival features Creole and soul food dishes along with live music from New Orleans popular R&B, jazz and gospel performers. Soul Fest also offers health and wellness information and activities for the whole family, including an African American First tribute to local Black History makers. Included in Zoo admission or membership.
March 10, 2012 - Safari After Dark
$40 for members, $50 for non-members (5:30pm-9:30am the next morning
Spend the night camping at Audubon Zoo! This family fun event lets you into the Zoo after everyone else goes home. Bring a tent, sleeping gear and a picnic dinner, and the Audubon Zoo Education staff will educate and entertain with crafts, animal presentations, ‘behind the scenes’ tours and night hikes. Evening snack and continental breakfast included. This event is created for kids 5 years and older and their families. Spaces are limited! Phone (504) 861-5103 for more.
March 17-18, 2012 - Earth Fest
10am – 5pm
Earth Fest is a fun way for Zoo visitors to learn about saving our environment. Exhibitors represent groups from non-profit, government and private businesses involved in environmental issues. Local restaurants and caterers offer taste-tempting fare such as poboys, chicken and andouille gumbo, fried eggplant and more, prepared by native Louisianans. Additionally, artisans showcase handmade arts and crafts. Included in Zoo admission or membership. Earth Fest is powered by BP.
March 31, 2012 - Alligator Egg Hunt
$24 for member children collecting eggs, $32 for non-member children collecting eggs
$6 for members, $16 for non-members
Our Alligator Egg Hunt is an educational egg-hunt for the spring holidays that alligator lovers can fully appreciate. Kids enjoy a snack, make an alligator craft and hunt for their own alligator eggs! This event is full of activities for the whole family. Register at www.auduboninstitute.org or (504) 861-5103.
March 31, 2012 - Cool Zoo Season Begins!
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:
$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
ENTERGY IMAX® THEATRE
Now playing at Audubon’s Entergy IMAX© Theatre:
Hurricane on the Bayou
Under the Sea 3D
Happy Feet Two 3D
Subject to change. Visit www.auduboninstitute.org or phone (504) 581-4629 for show schedules.
Public Relations Director
Audubon Nature Institute
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70118