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Historic Carousel 100th Birthday Celebration

Thursday, June 28, 2018 9:30 AM - 8:30 PM

 

Thursday, June 28, Historic Carousel Celebration and Evening Zoo, until 8:30 p.m.
Remarks by Linda and Tom Allen and relighting of the carousel: 6:30 p.m.
Free carousel rides: 6:30–8:30 p.m.

This summer, Woodland Park Zoo will celebrate a very special birthday: Its Historic Carousel, which has been at the zoo since 2006, turns 100! The zoo will commemorate this centennial with a celebration on Thursday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m., during Woodland Park Zoo’s Evening Zoo event, which features ambassador animal presentations and animal keeper talks.

The celebration will take place on the North Meadow and will include a short program including a relighting of the carousel, guest speakers to talk about the carousel's history, a complimentary dessert for the first 500 guests and "carouselfie" opportunities with a carousel horse. Free rides on the carousel will be offered throughout the evening starting at 6:30. Guests are encouraged to tag pics with #WPZcarousel100 and #woodlandparkzoo to share their memories and celebrate the 100th birthday of the carousel!

The Historic Carousel was purchased and generously donated to the zoo by Linda and Tom Allen and the Alleniana Foundation and opened in 2006 at the zoo. Their gift offers zoo-goers the means to experience a celebrated piece of American history and provides support for the zoo's quality animal care and education programs. The carousel, which was first constructed in 1918 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and was the 45th of its kind, had previously operated at the Cincinnati Zoo and the Great America Theme Park in Santa Clara, Calif.

Woodland Park Zoo has provided around 7,500 free carousel rides per year to ensure that the carousel remains available to all. In addition, the zoo partners with 600+ human service organizations across Puget Sound to offer hundreds of thousands of complimentary zoo passes through its Community Access Program. Starting this year, a free carousel ride is included with every Community Access Program admission ticket. To further promote accessibility, the zoo has created the Carousel Centennial Access Endowment Fund to help ensure that the zoo’s extraordinary experiences remain affordable and inclusive for all children in the zoo’s shared community for centuries to come.

The Historic Carousel features hand-carved horses and two chariots. In 2011, solar panels were installed on the carousel’s roof to produce the 9,000 annual kilowatt-hours required to power the carousel. The carousel completes an average of 100,000 rides per year for zoo guests of all ages.

 

Location: Historic Carousel
Fees: Free with zoo admission or membership
Contact: zooinfo@zoo.org
Calendar: Single Event Calendar
Category: Families / Public Events
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COMING UP

WHERE THE WILD THINGS LIVE



All events are from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Amazon is bringing Woodland Park Zoo to South Lake Union. Bring your curiosity for learning, try some hands-on activities and meet some of the zoo's ambassador animals.

Family and friends are welcome.


Passion for Pollinators

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Day 1 Playfield – 2121 7th Ave., Seattle

Commit to protecting pollinators—from butterflies to bees—and build a mini-garden that is a pollinator perfect destination in backyards or on balconies. Plant a mini-garden (first 350 guests), paint a garden rock with a pledge to conserve pollinators, take selfies in bee costumes or with pollinator-themed photo frames and props, take home a seed packet to plant (700 available) and meet one of Woodland Park Zoo’s charming ambassador animals during the first half hour.


Meet the Ambassadors

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Van Vorst Plaza – 426 Terry Ave. N., Seattle

From Blueberry the hornbill to Skyáana the porcupine, learn about Woodland Park Zoo’s incredible ambassador animals through an engaging up-close experience. Two animal programs will take place at 11:30 and 12:10. In between programs, zoo docents will share Pacific Northwest-related biofacts and discuss the zoo’s field conservation projects to save wildlife and their wild places in Washington.


Animals of the Amazon

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Day 1 Playfield – 2121 7th Ave., Seattle

Experience the lushness of South America, snap a selfie in front of stunning photos of animals native to South America such as a poison dart frog, a jaguar and a pudu, meet a Woodland Park Zoo ambassador animal at 11:00 and chat with zoo docents sharing a variety of fascinating biofacts.