Summer is time to go on safari

Reid Park Zoo features special events on Friday nights that can provide a more intimate view of animals
2013-06-20T00:00:00Z Summer is time to go on safariArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

So, you want to go a little wild but it's just too darned hot out during the day? Head to Reid Park Zoo on one of its Summer Safari Friday Nights.

The special evening events include face painting, games and crafts for the kids, and adult beverages - along with the non-alcoholic variety - for chaperones.

Some of the zoo animals are not out and about at night, though many enjoy the cooler evenings. The giraffe and rhino exhibits are closed at night, as is the aviary.

Cost is $9 for adults 15 and older, $5 for those ages 2-14, $7 for senior citizens, and free for kids younger than 2. Members pay half price.

You can register in advance or just show up. For more information go to reidparkzoo .org/events/public/summer-safari or call 881-4753.

Summer Safari Friday Nights run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and each has a different theme. Texas Roadhouse is providing crafts and Wendy's is supplying games each night, except where noted.

Here's the schedule, and a description of the events from the zoo's website.

• June 21: Paint Pieces for Ben's Bells

Spread kindness to people and animals by painting pieces for Ben's Bells. With live entertainment by Tucson Bandstand.

• June 28 and 29: Teddy Bears at the Zoo

On June 29 Build-a-Bear Tucson Mall will have a table of bears to make, for $10-$15, to bring back the next morning to participate in the Teddy Bear Clinic. The clinic will run 9-11 a.m. June 29 and is included in zoo admission price.

• July 5: Military Night

One free adult admission with paid child admission for military personnel. Pima Air and Space Museum will have a craft table for kids and veteran volunteers providing information on their service and the museum. Includes live entertainment by Tucson Bandstand and crafts provided by Texas Roadhouse, Happy Family Foods and the Pima Air and Space Museum.

• July 12: Final Summer Safari Friday Night

Featuring crafts provided by Texas Roadhouse, Happy Family Foods and Pima Air and Space Museum.

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