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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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Presented by CLIF Kid

Halloween Comes to the Zoo!
Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Pumpkins for the animals, trick-or-treating, and more are in store for little goblins and ghosts at Woodland Park Zoo’s family-friendly Pumpkin Bash presented by CLIF Kid. Discover a repertoire of animal behavior as hippos, bears, Malayan tigers, lemurs, and other animals crunch, smash or stomp on pumpkins! The pumpkins are part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals. The safe activities help encourage natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally and physically stimulated and engage zoo guests.

Free with zoo admission or membership.

During Pumpkin Bash presented by CLIF Kid, one child 12 years and under in costume is admitted into the zoo FREE with a paid adult.

Pumpkins and goodies for the animals:

Saturday, October 27

10:00   Lions
10:00   Tropical Rain Forest Dome
10:00   Jaguar
10:30   Hippos
10:30   Snow Leopards
11:00   Rhinos
11:00   Meerkats
11:00   Maned Wolves
11:30   Komodo Dragon
11:30   Asian Small-clawed Otters
11:30   Grizzlies
11:30   White-naped Cranes
1:00   Anoa
1:30   Warty Pigs
2:00   Penguins
2:00   Red Ruffed Lemurs (weather permitting)
2:30   Ambassador Animals at Alvord Broadleaf Theater

Sunday, October 28

10:00   Tigers
10:00   Sloth Bears
10:00   Jaguar
10:00   African Savanna Aviary
10:30   Hippos
11:00   Rhinos
11:00   Maned Wolves
11:30   Kunekune Pigs
11:30   Komodo Dragon
12:00   River Otters
1:00   Anoa
2:00   Penguins
2:00   Ring-tailed Lemurs (weather permitting)
2:30   Wolves
2:30   Ambassador Animals at Alvord Broadleaf Theater



This event is for ages 21+ only

Sunday, October 28, 2018
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Get decked out in your favorite Halloween costume and celebrate Halloween at the zoo with Chef and Restaurateur Ethan Stowell. Chef Stowell and the Ethan Stowell Restaurants team will prepare scary-good delectable eats and treats. Also, be prepared for a trick or two by your zoo friends! Come meet some of our ambassador animals, slithering friends or perhaps a cockroach or two.  

Tickets are $150 each and only 125 spots are available.

Your night out helps raise funds to support Woodland Park Zoo's mission to save wildlife.

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