OC Zoo-tacular: Watch the Animal’s Trick-or-Treat

for the animals that is. animals like to go trick-or-treating too….and they’re inviting you!
last year, baby and i went to the the Halloween Zoo-Tacular at the Orange County Zoo to watch the animals eat Halloween pumpkins. it was such a treat.


and you can see them too! this year, don’t miss the Halloween Zoo-Tacular, a fun Halloween adventure for the entire family.
not only do you have the opportunity to watch the animal eat receive and eat their treat-filled Halloween pumpkins, kids can go trick-or-treating through the zoo! there will also be a scavenger hunt, spooky crafts and face painting! the first 100 kids (12 & under) in costume will receive a special gift!
wanna go?  here’s the info…..
Halloween Zoo-Tacular
saturday, october 27th, 2012
10:00 – 4:00
Orange County Zoo
1 Irvine Park Road , Orange, CA 92869  • (714) 973-6847
click here for directions.
Zoo-tacular events are included in the price of zoo admission, $2.00 per person
parking $5.00
Pumpkins for Animals Schedule
10:30 am Bears
11:00 am Mule Dear
11:30 am Coati & Beaver
11:45 am Vultures & Island Fox
12:00 pm Mountain Lion
12:30 pm Collared Peccaries
1:00 pm Burros
1:30 pm Coyotes
2:00 pm Racoons
2:30 pm Ocelot & Bobcats
3:00 pm Children’s Zoo
AND….don’t forget to go and visit the Irvine Park Railroad’s pumpkin patch to ride the train, take a hayride, run through a corn maze, go in a haunted house and participate in all the fun Halloween activities!

Wildlife Rescue at Discovery Science Center

this May, Discovery Science Center will be opening the brand new exhibit Wildlife Rescue. this new exhibition will offer visitors the opportunity to experience compelling stories of animal rescue from around the world, including how seabirds are saved from environmental disasters and what happens to orphaned baby elephants.

during DSC’s Wild Summer, visitors will receive one complimentary ticket to the OC Zoo and the Santa Ana Zoo! Wildlife Rescue lets visitors experience the excitement of rescuing and returning diverse creatures back to the wild as they explore the new, emerging science of “Restoration Biology” that is saving all types of animals from the brink of extinction. through interactive exhibits, guests learn the innovative methods used to capture, raise and release endangered species, including elephants, orangutans, pandas, whooping cranes, sturgeon, Iberian lynxes, prairie dogs, American burying beetles and more.

Wildlife Rescue Exhibit Dates
May 26 through September 3, 2012
Wildlife Rescue is included with general admission to Discovery Science Center

General Science Center Admission:
Adults $14.95  •  Children (3-14) $12.95  •  Seniors (60+) $12.95
purchase tickets online to save $

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in addition to Wildlife Rescue, Discovery Science Center will be hosting special wildlife themed days throughout the summer. each themed time-period will have specific learning stations, presentations, stage shows, and kids’ activities!
May 26 – 28 (Memorial Day Weekend)
‘Wild about Safari’ features Thors’ Safari Extravaganza show where kids and families will be entertained by seeing real snakes, lizards, tarantulas, plus many more. also, learning stations will include activities on eco systems and digging fossils. this coming Memorial Day Weekend is not to be missed, as DSC kicks off Wild Summer… safari style!
May 26 – June 29
‘Lizards, Toads, and Snakes, Oh My!’ features reptiles, amphibians and arthropods. guests are invited to learn about scaly snakes, leaping lizards, creepy-crawling insects, slow moving turtles and tortoises, and hissing roaches as they checkout Wildlife Rescue and participate in the “Game of Chance” stage show.
June 30 – July 8
‘Dog Days of Summer’ features dogs, wolves, coyotes and foxes. Plus, the summer festival will include kids’ obstacle course and inflatables, learning stations, gourmet food trucks, and an exciting LIVE dog show! rescue groups will also be on hand for pet adoption days.
July 9 – 15
‘Cats Rule, Dogs Drool’ features cats, cougars, bobcats and mountain lions. Families will have the opportunity to learn about how these nocturnal creatures live, hunt, and survive throughout the world. In addition, speakers will be on hand to discuss how residents of Orange County can look for signs of wild cats what to do if you come across one!
July 16 – 29 
‘Take Flight’ features domestic and exotic birds. what’s it like to fly high in the sky with nothing beneath but the wind and clouds? have the chance to find out during “Omar’s Exotic Birds” show and during special presentations on feathers and flight, plus environments and adaptation! hands-on activities for the kids include making a bird feeder.
July 30 – September 3 
‘Sea Life’ features animals of the ocean! surf is up during the last days of Wild Summer as there will be a hands-on tide pool tank for families, plus presentations on the Irvine Marsh Lands, Huntington Beach Wetlands, and Newport Harbor. whale conservationists will be on hand to discuss what we can do as a community to help preserve creatures of the sea.

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

halloween is just around the corner, and the Irvine Park Railroad Pumkin Patch is opening this weekend! i have to say that this is one of my very favorite pumpkin patches. i take the kiddies every year, and we are definitely going this year.
some reasons i like the Irvine Park Railroad Pumkin Patch is that it is family friendly, clean, easy parking, lots of shade, activities for all ages, and you can visit multiple times and do different activities each time. there are a lot of great picture taking spots, and a picnic area where you can bring your lunch or visit the snack bar. you can practically make a day out of visiting this pumpkin patch.
the Irvine Park Railroad Pumkin Patch is free, but you must pay the entrance fee to Irvine Park ($3 on weekdays, $5 on weekends). dates and hours are:
september 17th – october 31st
open 7 days a week (weather permitting)
weekdays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
weekends: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
$4.00 each ● 12 months and younger FREE!
book of 15 Tickets: $50.00 ● $10.00 savings!
 pumpkin patch free
 train rides – 1 ticket
 haunted house free
 hay rides – 1 ticket
 pick your pumpkin
 bounce house – 1 ticket
 tractor racers – 1 ticket
 face painting – 2 tickets
 carnival games – 1 ticket
 panning for gold – 2 tickets
 hay maze free
 festive fall picture stands free
 pony rides – $4
 guess the weight of the giant pumpkin free
and if that isn’t enough, you can visit the OC Zoo, or you can head over to the lake and rent a paddle boat, surrey or one of the many fun bikes at Fun Wheel Rentals. wow…i am already getting excited.
also, have your children color this coloring page, if they bring it to the pumpkin patch, they will receive a small prize!
click here for more information.
click here for some great coupons!