Yesterday we attended the annual Boo at the Zoo event at the Oakland Zoo. Kids wear their Halloween costumes and participate in a bunch of fun activities. It was a hot day today (back into the 80′s), so I talked my son out of wearing his thick, black ninja costume.
The highlight for my 5-year-old was the Spooky Scavenger Hunt. The children are given a booklet with five riddles to figure out. If they can figure out the riddle and find the table near the animal enclosure, they receive a treat. For example…
“On the plains of Africa, I graze.
My stripes resemble a maze.
I snort like a horse.
But I’m not, of course.
I can run a really long ways.”
My son had no interest, but the children had the opportunity to participate in a parade and attend a live magic show. Other special activities included face painting, a treat factory (where children could make snacks for the animals), and many, many tables throughout the zoo to teach children about conservation and wildlife.
The Oakland Zoo has a Rides Area which we generally avoid like the plague, but I had a bunch of ride tickets that are about to expire at the end of the month. So we used them…
Boo at the Zoo is being held again today. If you live in the Bay Area, and you have a little one, I recommend you check it out. Great fun!