Oklahoma City Zoo happenings:
WAY BACK WEDNESDAYS
The Zoo is going way back with its prices on Way Back Wednesdays! Every Wednesday in July and August, guests of all ages will receive admission for $1 per person. Children 2 and under are free. Additional dollar deals on Wednesdays include a hot dog, small popcorn, small drink, sea lion show admission, new Safari Voyage boat ride and carousel ride; each for just a dollar! Sea lion show times are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays during July and August. Little Caesars and 92.5 KOMA are sponsor partners of Way Back Wednesdays.
SUMMER DAY CAMPS
The zoo's summer day camps bring the world of animals and education together. Enroll your children today in our enriching and entertaining four-day camps taking place in July and August. Campers will have the opportunity to experience an animal up-close, crafts, games and walks around the zoo. All camps meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in the Education Department.
Each camp week features a different theme.
Camps are designed for children 3 to 15 years old.
Cost is $100 per child with a ZooFriends membership and $110 per child for nonmembers.
Advance registration and payment is required.
A snack will be provided but children need to bring their own lunches.
For the compete schedule of camps, visit www.okczooed.com. Birth certificates are required to verify age. Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and may be made online at www.okczoo.recware.com or by calling 425-0218.
WILD TUESDAYS STORY TIME SAFARIS
Join the zoo and Junior League of Oklahoma City on Tuesdays in July for Wild Tuesdays Story Time Safaris. Children 11 and under are invited to attend story sessions at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., on Grandma's Porch located inside the Zoo's Children Zoo. Each session includes a craft activity, a snack and a free juice box; and concludes with a visit from a zoo caregiver! Sessions last about 25 minutes and are free with admission.
8 TO 8 AT THE ZOO
With the Zoo's 8 to 8 Saturdays you can stay and play from sunup to sundown. Beginning July 1, guests may visit from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays through August 26. Exhibit buildings close at 7:45 p.m. and guests must leave grounds at closing.
CAPTURE THE WILD PHOTO CONTEST
Do you have a natural eye for photographing Mother Nature? Enter your prize photos in the Oklahoma Zoological Society's (OZS) "Capture the Wild Zoo Photography Contest" and submit photos of mammals, landscapes, reptiles, birds and more from the Zoo. Photos are categorized and judged in both youth and adult divisions. Entries are due July 31. After the contest, several of the photos, including the year's winners, comprise the annual OZS ZooFriends calendar. The full-color calendar is one of the benefits of ZooFriends membership and sells in the gift shop to help support special projects. For more information about the contest and to view the categories, visit www.zoofriends.org.
Our “stars” have “stripes” at the Oklahoma City Zoo and yes, we are open on Independence Day! Plus, Wednesday is our first Way Back Wednesday of the summer and admission is $1 per person. Children 2 and under are free. The Zoo will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 4.
CHILL OUT AT THE ZOO
The zoo has cool fun planned for its guests and animals during Chill Out at the Zoo on July 21. From 9 a.m. to noon, visit the Children's Zoo for a chillbration complete with a scavenger safari for children 11 and under with prizes. Little ones will also enjoy some cold play in the snow zone set up in the grassy area across from the entrance. Throughout the day many of animals will enjoy chill out-themed enrichment activities such as ice pops and water toys. Guests 18 and older may enter to win a ski trip for four to Angel Fire Resort, Angel Fire, New Mexico courtesy of KJ 103 and 101.9 the Twister. Visit www. okczoo.com on or after July 9, to learn how to enter to win. The grand prize winner for the trip will be announced at the Zoo on July 21.
BOWLING FOR RHINOS
Let's come together for a fun time and a great cause with Bowling for Rhinos. An annual fundraiser of the Zoo's American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) chapter, Bowling for Rhinos is a fun family event for all ages. This year's event is July 21at AMF Boulevard Lanes in Edmond from 6 to 10 p.m. Registration is $25 per bowler and includes three hours of bowling with shoe rental, an event T-shirt, refreshments and opportunities to win fabulous door prizes! One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit rhino conservation in Asia and Africa. Registration forms are available at www.okczoo.com or in the Zoo's Guest Relations office. To learn more call 425-0262.