thru May 7: Plunge into a fun, creative environment in this free exhibit that will delight kids who love to explore the deep blue sea. Discover buried treasure in a sunken pirate ship, ride a dolphin and sea horses, paddle your way to the mermaid's house, climb inside the mouth of a whale, explore in the submarine and many more aquatic adventures. It's fathoms of fun, and totally free!
Meet the armored division of the marine world at this all new exhibit. Learn about the amazing anatomy of crabs and find out what makes them one of the most powerful predators of the sea bed! The CLAWS exhibit showcases incredible crustaceans from around the world. Kids go FREE with paid adult and promo code: PARENT
Mar. 25 & 26: Come to the chimpanzee exhibit for a special birthday party. Chimp youngster Milo is turning 2 years old and little Ruw is celebrating her first birthday. Help sing happy birthday to both of them during the Zookeeper chat .
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Mar. 25: The Secret Keeper Girl Purple Party Tour is a 2.5-hour live stage event that teaches girls the secrets of true beauty and biblical modesty. The event includes a fashion show, biblical teaching, interactive games and mom-daughter time. Targeted to girls ages 7-12. General admission tickets are $15 each. Doors open one hour before showtime. Limited seating, so purchase soon!
Mar. 25: Meet and buy directly from some of the best local, organic, and free-range farmers in the area. Snatch up early flower and garden seedlings, fresh greens, herbs, free-range meat and eggs and get our free Directory of local organic and free range producers. Getting a subscription to a farm (a CSA) gets you top pick of the best food in town.
Mar. 24: Owls are the featured animal, and we’ll even have live owls in the Visitor Center to see up close. Use your map as you walk the trails, and listen for the hoot of the owls. While you’re out, be sure to stop by Serenity Point and take a few minutes to enjoy the night sky and star gaze. The live owls will be visiting from Lakeside Nature Center, and their handlers will visit with you about the different species and their habits. No pre-registration necessary, included with admission.
Mar. 23: You only think you know the story of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." Find out as the truth is revealed about the poor misunderstood troll with a toothache, a trio of confused and fibbing goats, and a princess who judges on appearances alone. Registration is required.
thru 4/23: The Country Club Plaza makes its annual transformation into an Easter Wonderland this spring . The popular Plaza tradition brings colorful, larger-than-life bunnies and other springtime animals to the Plaza’s courtyards and street corners. Mermaid and Pomona Courtyards, on the west side of Seasons 52, are home to a lively collection of animals for children to play on, while the Easter bunnies line the Plaza’s sidewalks.
Published in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz is considered America’s first fairy tale. Since then, the story of Dorothy’s fantastical journey through the land of Oz has enticed generations. Explore the original literary story and its many retellings, including the 1939 Technicolor film, Return to Oz, and The Wiz, through playthings, first edition books, and original costumes at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures.