Phila. Zoo hosts a wild PJ party for families

June 2, 2010 8:00:05 AM PDT
(PHILADELPHIA, PA) - For most kids, summer means no school and staying up late. Here at the Philadelphia Zoo, the same holds true for our animals. On June 5 the Zoo will stay open late for Sunset Safari: Pajamarama. From 4-8pm the Zoo will hold special animal feedings and provide various entertainment activities, that are included in regular admission, to make it a night to remember. What's a slumber party without pj's? Zookeepers and staff members will be dressed in their favorite sleepwear as the hosts of the party. Kids and their families are encouraged to come in their comfiest, coziest 'jammies to join in the pajamarama and say good night to their favorite animals.

Below is the schedule of activities that will take place during the Zoo's Sunset Safari :

5:30 PM Gorilla Demonstration: See a gorilla feeding and then hear details from the keepers about the training and enrichment that goes into the interaction.

5:30 PM Yoga Demonstration from Sankhya Yoga School and Wellness Center: Learn some relaxing poses and then take advantage of the opportunity to practice your new yoga skills.

6:00 PM Jaguar Feeding: Grab a late evening snack with the jaguar in Big Cat Falls. Stanley will be enjoying a dessert of bones to gnaw on.

6:00 PM Otter Feeding in Carnivore Kingdom: Watch this family dart out of the water for some fish and plunge back in to swim and play with each other.

6:15 PM Musical Performance by Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights: Get out your pillows and blankets to settle in for some rockin' entertainment. Joanie and the Nightlights are better than the nighttime lullabies that you may be used to, and will have you dancing all night long.

6:30 PM Coati Feeding: Looks like the coati has a late night craving for some invertebrates, check out how this little guy uses his long snout to snack.

6:45 PM Yoga Demonstration from Sankhya Yoga School and Wellness Center: In case you couldn't make it to the first yoga demonstration, Sankhya Yoga School and Wellness Center will be putting on another demonstration for you to learn new yoga poses.

7:00 PM Aye Aye Feeding: These nocturnal primates are just waking up in the evening, so head on over to the PECO Primate Reserve to join them for their breakfast.

7:00 PM Cheetah Feeding: The cheetahs finish out the nightly snacking with a bone feeding at Cheetah Run.

7:30 PM Musical Peformance by Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights: Rock out with Joanie and the Nightlights one more time on Impala Lawn before saying goodnight to your favorite critters.

The Philadelphia Zoo is located at 34th Street and Girard Avenue - minutes from the historic downtown area - in beautiful Fairmount Park. The Zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Admission for the Zoo is $15.00 for children under 12 and $18.00 for adults. Family memberships start at just $99; Zoo members receive free admission.