The Week Ahead: Summer Passes, Free Bowling & Lion Country

Lion Country Safari
Lion Country Safari
Mini Golf at Lion Country Safari

There are more and more summer fun deals popping up all around.  I updated a couple of my favorites in our Summer Picks section.  Things like the Regal Cinemas $1 Movie Express and KidsBowlFree.com are great options for rainy  or hundred degree days when being outside is just not an option.  Better yet, these are Nationwide programs so even if you don’t live in South Florida you can participate!

 

The Summer Saving Pass for 2015 has been Lion Country Safaripublished, and this is my favorite one.  It gets you admission all summer long to Lion Country, Miami Seaquarium, Miami Metro Zoo and The Museum of Science and Discovery for $56 for Adults and $46 for kids.   This is an incredible deal if you plan to go to make a trip to any 2 of these facilities.  In addition the Museum of Discovery and Science is another thing to do when the summer rains or heat prevent anything else.  Click Here for a post about one of our trips to Lion Country Safari using the Summer Saving Pass.

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Summer Savings Pass 4 great Attractions for 1 Price

2014 Summer Savings PassWe pick this up Summer Saving Pass up every year. It is a great deal, you get unlimited admission to four different attractions.  The Museum of Discovery and Science, Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, and Miami Metro Zoo.

We went to Lion Country 2x, and Miami Seaquarium.  We spent a great deal of time at The Museum of Discovery and Science on those stormy summer afternoons.  You can pick up the pass at the gate at any of the 4 attractions.

The Week Ahead List of Events for South Florida 9/12/13

Carousel Safari Nights at the Palm Beach Zoo

Carousel Safari Nights at the Palm Beach ZooMy pick for the week is Safari Nights at the Palm Beach Zoo  Here is a quick review of the zoo.  If you have never been to the Zoo at night, now is your chance. I love the Zoo at the night!

CLICK HERE for your Week Ahead extremely long list of things to keep you and your family busy, learning, and having fun!

I am starting to load up the calendar for the Holidays already, so if you know of a great upcoming event you think should be on our calendar, please submit it though our website Contact Us page!

Sep 2013

Date/Time Event
09/12/2013
3:15 am – 3:30 am
Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
09/12/2013
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Nature Tots at Fern Forest Nature Center in Margate
Fern Forest Nature Center, Coconut Creek FL
09/12/2013
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Little Minnows Storytime! (Ages 18-36 months) Nova Library
Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern, Fort Lauderdale fl
09/12/2013
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Public Fish Feeding
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
09/13/2013
3:15 am – 3:30 am
Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
09/13/2013
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Junior Vet Lab at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
09/13/2013
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Children’s Research Station
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
09/13/2013
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Movie Night & Funtastic Frinday in Hollywood at ArtsPark
ArtsPark at Young Circle Amphitheater, Hollywood fl
09/13/2013
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Safari Nights (Fridays) at the Palm Beach Zoo
The Palm Beach Zoo, West Palm Beach fl
09/13/2013
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Music Under the Stars in Pompano Beach
The Great Lawn, Pompano Beach FL
09/13/2013
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Delray Marketplace Music Fest
Delray Marketplace, Delray Beach FL
09/14/2013
8:45 am – 11:30 am
Saturdays @ Sanborn Downtown Boca
Sanborn Square in Downtown Boca, Boca Raton FL
09/14/2013
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
$6 Saturday’s at Flamingo Gardens in Davie
Flamingo Gardens, Davie FL
09/14/2013
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Capoeira Fitness Free Martial Arts Class
Sanborn Square in Downtown Boca, Boca Raton FL
09/14/2013
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Junior Vet Lab at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
09/14/2013
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Public Fish Feeding
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
09/15/2013
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Guided Tour of Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
09/16/2013
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Money saver Mondays at Flamingo Gardens
Flamingo Gardens, Davie FL
09/17/2013
3:15 am – 3:30 am
Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
09/17/2013
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
2-4-1 Tuesdays at Flamingo Gardens
Flamingo Gardens, Davie FL
09/17/2013
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Gumbo Limbo Hammock Trail Guided Walk in Boca Raton
Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton FL
09/17/2013
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Public Fish Feeding
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
09/18/2013
12:00 am
Green Cay Nature Center Guided Tour
Green Cay Nature Center, Boynton Beach FL
09/18/2013
3:15 am – 3:30 am
Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
09/18/2013
10:30 am – 11:00 am
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Hatchling Tales Storytime
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
09/18/2013
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sharkey’s Storytime: (Ages 3-5) Nova Library
Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern, Fort Lauderdale fl
09/18/2013
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Junior Vet Lab at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
09/18/2013
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mommy & Me Downtown at the Gardens Palm Beach Gardens
Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens FL
09/18/2013
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Children’s Research Station
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
09/19/2013
3:15 am – 3:30 am
Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL

Our Fabulous Sponsor Flamingo Gardens has a great new deal out!  $6 Saturdays!  What a way to spend a cool(ish), (this is South Florida after all) Saturday!Flamingo Gardens $6 Saturdays Logo

Sponsor Shout out!
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Boo at the Zoo at the Palm Beach Zoo

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Child Trick or Treating Boo at the Zoo Logo

We love Boo at the Zoo!  It is going to be held for 2 weekends this year, making it easier for us to hit all of our favorite Halloween Events!  We love the Palm Beach Zoo and you can find a review and more pictures HERE.

There are always fun things to do at the Zoo! As usual  the Zoo will be presenting all it’s fabulous daily shows and presentations, in addition to:

  • Trick-or-Treating throughout the Zoo
  • Paint-Your-Own Pumpkin Patch
  • Hay Stack Hunt
  • Costume Contests
  • Face Painting
  • Sand Art and Spin Art
  • Storytelling and Children’s Entertainment
  • Bounce House
  • Games and Crafts
  • Animal Encounters
  • Halloween Themed Keeper Talks and Animal Enrichments
  • Paws for a Cause Animal Art Expo with Art Created by Zoo Animals

 

Boo at the Zoo  Spider Monkey with a Pumpkin Enrichment
Jaguar at the Palm Beach Zoo

Safari Nights at the Palm Beach Zoo

Beat the heat of the dSafari Nights at the Palm Beach Zooay and head out to Safari Nights at the Palm Beach Zoo will be held every Friday in the summer evenings usually from June through October / 5:30 – 9 p.m.  (Please check Up Coming Events for exact dates and times.) If you have never been to the Zoo in the evening, this will be an amazing treat for you!   Every Friday night the zoo comes alive with children’s entertainment, roving animal encounters, complimentary rides on the Wildlife Carousel, live music in the Fountain Plaza, and much more! Additional fees apply please contact the Palm Beach Zoo for fees. Click here for a full review of this local treasure!

Palm Beach Zoo Merry Go Round at Night
Palm Beach Zoo Fountain at Night

Santa Weekends at Flamingo Gardens and Holiday Lights Review

We love this event.  The Gardens have all of their lights up and it is fun to wander around looking for cute little light displays hidden in the trees.  It is usually a quiet day and Santa hangs out at the Wray House with some of the resident Bird of Prey and their volunteer handlers.

I have to admit it was tranquil and lovely the temperature was cooler and it made such a nice change to walk around in jeans and long sleeve shirts!  This is a low key event and if you are looking for a mellow, beautiful place to spend a few hours in the late afternoon with your family, this is it!

Click Here for this years(2014)  event information

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Flamingo Christmas Tree Cracked me up!
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St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoo Review

Zoo Review
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park
999 Anastasia Blvd.
St. Augustine, Florida 32080
Accreditation:   American Zoo and Aquariums Association
Geographic Focus: World Wide
Large Animals:  Saltwater Crocodile, 15’3” and 1,250 lbs
Endangered and Vulnerable Species: American Crocodile, Cape Griffon Vulture, Galapagos Tortoise, Golden Conure, Hyacinth Macaw, Indian Gharial, Malaysian Gharial, Mugger Crocodile, Orinoco Crocodile, Palawan Peacock Pheasant, Pesquet’s Parrot, Philippine Crocodile, Red Fronted Macaw, Siamese Crocodile, South American Yellow-Footed Tortoise, Southern Cassowary, Umbrella Cockatoo, West African Dwarf Crocodile
Total Species: UNANSWERED
Kid Friendly Features:  Kids Zone Playground
Smoking:  Non Smoking Facility
Cleanliness:  TBA
Education Programs: Day Camps, Summer Camps, Holiday Camps, Over Night Camps, Birthday Parties
Research and Conservation Projects:  AZA Species Survival Plan participants include Chinese Alligator, Cotton-Top Tamarin, Cuban Crocodile, Geoffroy’s Marmoset, Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin,Goeldi’s Monkey, Komodo Dragon, Palm Cockatoo, Spider Monkey, Toco Toucan
Size: 8 Acres
Green Status and Recognition:  Recycling
Price:  Adults 12 & up $21.95, Kids 3-11 $10.95, 2 & Under Free
Review:  To Follow  Check back often!  I can’t wait to visit and review this park!  You know  I am a reptile girl at hear!

Lion Country Safari Review

Zoo Review
Lion Country Safari
2003 Lion Country Safari Road
Loxahatchee, Florida 33470
(561) 793-1084

Accreditation:   Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Geographic Focus: Includes animals from 6 of the 7 continents
Large Animals:  Rhinos, Lions, Giraffe, Water Buffalo, Wildebeest, Watusi, Zebras, Eland, Nilgai, Waterbuck, Greater Kudu
Endangered Species:  Endangered  Vulnerable South American Tapir, Sarus Crane, Southern Ground Hornbill, African Spurred Tortoise, Rhino Iguana,  Threatened Southern White Rhino, Rhea, Blackbuck, Goffin’s Cockatoo, Blue Streaked Lory.Chimapnzee, Kulan, White0handed Gibbon, Siamang, Spider monkey, Water Buffalo, Nile Lechew, Cuban Crocodile.
Child watching Ostrich at Lion Country Safari Photo Credit: Erin Franklin
Child watching Ostrich at Lion Country Safari Photo Credit: Erin Franklin

Photo Credit: Erin FranklinTotal Species: 921 species include over 900 individual animal

Kid Friendly Features:  Carousel, Flying Elephant Ride, Kiddie Train Ride, Mini Golf, Giraffe feeding, Lory bird feeding, Budgie feeding, Petting Zoo, Ferris wheel, Safari Splash water sprayground, Water Wars, Camel Rides
Smoking: Smoking in Designated Areas only
CleanlinessVery Clean
Education Programs: School Field Trip Programs, Scout Programs, Toddler Programs, and Birthday Parties.
Research and Conservation ProjectsChimpanZoo Volunteer Program, AAZK (American Association of Zookeepers) projects including Bowling for Rhinos (Rhino Conservation), Cheetah Chili Cook-Off (Cheetah Conservation), Staff Art Show (Benefits winner’s choice of Conservation Charities), Cell Phone Recycling Program.  AZA Rhino Species Survival Plan, Rhino Advisory Group and Chimapnazee Species Survival Plan
Size: Total Acres 320 acres
Green Status and Recognition:  N/A
Price: $26.50 ages 10-64, $19.50 ages 3-9, 2 and under complimentary. Admission includes entry into both the drive through safari and walk through amusement park.
Review: 
Paddle Boat at Lion Country Safari Photo Credit: Erin Franklin

As you pull into the Driveway to Lion Country Safari, visitors are met with what can only be called “King Kong” Gates.  The attendants are always extremely courteous and hand over a CD that will narrate the journey for the entire car and serenade you will sounds and music of the Serengeti.   The Safari is broken up into sections that are separated by gates.  There are rubber band looking things on the ground that appear to discourage animals from walking across them into the next section.

Lion Country Safari Photo Credit: Erin Franklin

In 2005 a fence was put up to protect the lions from the people in the cars and vice versa.  Jennifer Berthiaume Marketing Director at Lion Country Safari explained that the fence was added as a safely measure between the lions and guests.  “It allows the lions to roam more freely and made it possible for additional shade and climbing structures to be built”.  Jennifer goes on to say “We realize that this change may be a disappointment to some of our guests who are accustomed to having the lions come right up to their vehicles; however, we believe that the added safety and other benefits were a necessary compromise. Lion Country Safari offers the largest display of lions in a North American AZA institution. We are proud to have the space to house a full pride of lions (as opposed to just one or two lions) and educate the public about these amazing creatures. With that education, it is important that we respect these wild animals”.

The drive around the Safari takes about an hour or less depending on the speed of the car, but it well worth it to see all the antelope, giraffe, rhino’s and especially for the little kids the Ostrich of all things!  It never fails to amaze us how truly large and powerful these birds are!

The photography opportunities on the Safari drive are limitless as you are surrounded by so many different kinds of animals.  It is a photographers dream!
Don’t think that the drive around the safari is all there is, because there is so much more!  After you drive the Safari you can park your car and go into the walking park.  This area has more animal exhibits and lots of rides for the kids.  There is enough to see and do in the walking park to spend a whole day there alone!  Guests will be able to ride kiddie rides like a carousel and mini train, feed sheep, lorikeets, and a giraffe.  You can ride a camel, go on a boat tour, see lots of animals and generally have a  great time.  If you go the LCS web site you can print out a coupon that discounts $6 per person.
Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley
Photo Credit: Erin Franklin
Photo Credit: Erin Franklin
Photo Credit: Erin Franklin
Photo Credit: Erin Franklin
Photo Credit: Lion Country Safari
Photo Credit: Lion Country Safari
Photo Credit: Lion Country Safari
Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley
Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley
Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley

Last but not least is the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) located at Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach.  This campsite provides facilities that will keep the family happily entertained at all times.  Lion Country Safari often offers specials for two free passes to the park with a night of camping, and it even has a pool.  The best part is you can sleep right next door to hundreds of animals from over 6 continents. You can hear lions roar and siamangs sing while camping!”  No one will be bored at this campground and Zoo, and parents won’t have to exhaust themselves planning camping activities in advance.

Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley
Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley
Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley
Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley
Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley

The Great Scarecrow Exhibit at Flamingo Gardens

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Okay, so we headed out to the Flamingo Gardens for The Great Scarecrow Exhibit on Saturday.  It was so nice to walk around the Gardens in the finally cooler South Florida weather!  What a fun idea!  Flamingo Gardens’ patrons build their own scarecrows and enter them into the contest.  All the scarecrows are  kept on exhibit for the whole month of October.  There were scary ones, traditional ones and even one that used recycled materials in a sort of modern art kind of way.  My 2 year old made it her mission to get her picture taken with each of the Scarecrows that will be on exhibit till the end of the month.
A few updates on the Gardens, the Garden Shop in the front courtyard is closed as is the Fruit Shipping Store and the Snack Bar.  The Snack Bar inside the Gardens next to the Flamingo Exhibit is still open as is the large Gift Shop.
I would love to go to the evening Halloween program, Beware the Lair of the Swamp Witch however the flyers say that it is recommended for 12 years and older, so that leaves us out.  Let me know if you go and post a comment here about it for us.
The gardens will be doing a trick or treat event, Story Time with the Good Witch  for everyone Halloween weekend, which looks like fun.  I will try to get there, but it is a very busy weekend for us.

The Palm Beach Zoo is a Hidden Wonderland

The Palm Beach Zoo is a quick 40 minute drive from Fort Lauderdale.  This 23 acre park has the magical quality of making you feel like you are walking through a lush tropical wonderland.  The Zoo has several sections focusing on geographic areas; each area brings together the exhibits and the pathway landscaping to create the feeling of walking through a nature park in South America, Florida, Asia and Australia.
The Florida section brings you up-close and personal with everglade species like alligators, turtles and all manner of things that slither through the watershed.  A walk through wetlands provides the visitor with the opportunity to watch otters play on water and on land.  Guests can also view a Florida Panther through the windows of an authentic pioneer house, followed by watching flamingos from a rocker on the porch.  This section of the Zoo will transport visitors to life in Florida before cars were rocketing down the I95.
The Asian and Australian sections allows guest to view rock wallaby from inside the exhibit.  Guests will come eye to eye with Kookaburra, Rhea and Tawny Frogmouth Birds.  The crown and glory of this section of the Zoo are the Malayan Tigers.  These brothers inhabit a beautiful exhibit complete with waterfall and pool and can be seen frolicking in the water on a hot day.  The guest is treated to a misty walk through bamboo pathways once again being transported into another world.
Finally guests are beckoned to walk through the South American section, a tropical Mayan paradise where endangered jaguars sleep in the shade of the overhanging pillars of a scaled down replica of the Temple of 1000 Columns in Chitzen Itza.  This section of the Zoo is home to exotic animals like tapirs, giant anteaters and the rare bush dogs.  Not to mention the beautiful and colorful parrots found throughout the area.

The Palm Beach Zoo is a fun family friendly facility that offers a snack bar, sit down dining, a carousel, animal shows and demonstrations.  The education department offers reasonably priced special programs for kids of all ages including Summer Camp, Stroller Day Tours and Toddler Workshops.  Don’t forget to bring bathing suits for the kids!  The Zoo has a musical interactive water fountain that no child will want to walk by without taking a splash and dance.