Halloween with the Little Ones at Little Boo at the Zoo

Posted Sep 23rd, 2013 by Kate Supino  Category: Events,


One of the best things about living in Northwest Ohio in the fall is the annual Little Boo at the Zoo celebration at the Toledo Zoo. Each year, the Toledo Zoo, located at 2 Hippo Way, invites babies and toddlers for a special Halloween event.

This year, Little Boo at the Zoo takes place on October 17th and 18th. Children under the age of two will receive free admission. However, if they will be trick-or-treating, a $6 wristband will have to be purchased. Adults and children two years old and above are $11, and the wristband for trick-or-treating is included in that price. Seniors get in for $8. Zoo members receive free admission, but the wristband purchase is still required.

Little Boo at the Zoo is a wonderful opportunity for preschoolers to experience the joy of Halloween in a safe, comfortable, and familiar environment. The family-friendly staff of the Toledo Zoo welcomes parents and grandparents of young children as they bring their little ones on this calm Halloween adventure. The grounds at the Toledo Zoo will be decorated with hay bales and pumpkins, but nothing that will frighten your little boos.

Your tiny tots will be able to trick-or-treat in safety on the zoo grounds at trick-or-treat stations situated close together so little legs don’t get tired. You’ll be able to find most of the stations between Carnivore Café and the amphitheater.

There’s no better way to combine two of your child’s favorite things – animals and candy – on one happy day from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Many parents simply want to enjoy a day out with their young family without making too much of a big deal about it, so costumes are encouraged, but certainly not necessary.

One of the enjoyable activities during Little Boo at the Zoo is the puppet show. Your child will be able to sit down and relax while they are entertained by a professional puppeteer.

The Fisher-Price play area will delight your tiny ducklings with recognizable toys that are appropriate for their age, including toy cars they can ride. Be sure to stay for the Fisher-Price Little People animal sounds contest. All that practice with the See ‘n Say toy will finally pay off!

Carnival games, called Ghoulish Games, are free of charge on the Broadway Pavilion. The games are suitable for young ones, such as the beanbag toss. Prizes will be given to winners.

If you’re hungry, the Carnivore Café will be open for lunch or a snack, and as usual there will be many kid-friendly and healthy options on the menu.

Nature’s Neighborhood House will be open for the kiddies to enjoy making Halloween crafts like ghosts and spiders.

Inflatable rides in the amphitheater will tucker out your tiny bouncers and give parents a deserved rest. Please note these rides will close at 3:30 p.m.

The Toledo Zoo is located four miles south of downtown on Anthony Wayne Trail, between S. Avenue and Woodsdale Avenue / Harvard Boulevard.

Kate Supino is a freelance writer and mother who writes extensively about family-friendly activities and kids’ equipment, such as convertible car seats.

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