Longing for an island getaway? Escape to the Tropics with the Zoo’s emerging leaders group, The Wild Things, at Franklin Park Zoo! Join us in your best luau gear as you dance and limbo your way through the Tropical Forest with friends! Watch the ring-tail lemurs as they discover tropical themed enrichment in their decorated exhibit, and don’t miss special opportunities to meet some of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors. Join Zoo staff to learn more about the free-flight birds, including scarlet ibis, yellow-billed storks, hadada ibis and more!
It’s Little Joe’s 27th birthday, and you’re invited to the party! The gorilla exhibit will be festively decorated, and the gorillas will enjoy treats made especially for them. Guests will also have the opportunity to sign a giant birthday card for Little Joe and enjoy cake from Montilio’s Baking Company, available first come, first served. After you’ve had your fill of cake, be sure to explore the rest of the Tropical Forest, where there will be special zookeeper chats and crafts for February school vacation week. In honor of Little Joe’s birthday, help gorillas by recycling your own phone or tablet. Franklin Park Zoo has teamed up with Eco-Cell, a company that partners with zoos across the country, to collect your recycled cell phones and refurbish them for reuse.
This event will celebrate a decade of commitment to outfitting low-income Boston children and youth with brand new winter coats each year. Since first launched in 2009, this program has helped prepare nearly 18,000 kids in Boston for the winter season. The event will be a kickoff for the 2019 Coat Boston program that will include an afternoon of celebration, live music, and fundraising at Bella Luna & The Milky Way in Jamaica Plain. Proceeds will allow these coats to continue to be provided to Boston children into the future. Our goal this year is 2,000 brand new coats, hats, and gloves.
Lion brothers Dinari and Kamaia turn 10 in March, and guests are invited to celebrate the occasion. This roaring good time will include special birthday enrichment items for the lions and an opportunity to meet with one of the zookeepers who cares for the brothers. Get creative with lion-themed arts and crafts and learn more about these big cats at the education station. Guests can also sign a giant birthday card, and enjoy a slice of cake from Montilio’s Baking Company (available for the first 200 people).
*Please note that the lions will go on exhibit at 10:15 a.m.
Immerse yourself in the songs, colors, textures, and stories of Indigenous artists and their cultures from around the world at this free admission, family friendly festival. Since 1975, Cultural Survival's Bazaars have brought Indigenous artists from the US, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tibet, India, Nepal, China, and more! Buy finely embroidered tapestries and scarves; jewelry of silver, glass, and stone; aromatic woven natural fiber baskets; brilliantly colored paintings; handmade clothing; carved, knit, wire, and beaded animals; and much more. Listen to live Indigenous music, chat with Indigenous artists about their crafts and cultures, and celebrate the season with a beautiful memento of your local trip around the world. Live music on Dec 16 and 17 from 12pm - 4pm!