Boo at the Zoo is back and we were sure to go early in the season…so we can try to go again if we have time 🙂 This is a really adorable event for children held at the Bronx Zoo – one that takes the creepy out of Halloween and makes it fun and family friendly for all ages. Plus you’re surrounded by animals which makes it even more exciting.
We made our visit on a Tuesday during the week, which happened to be Rosh Hashana, so NYC public schools were closed. It was still crowded at the zoo, but probably less so than a weekend. Regardless, it wasn’t too crowded to have a good time and we never lost our kids (my party was a friend of mine and our two five year old girls).
We began our day with the costume parade which was a big hit. The kids marched in the short parade and then watched a performance of costumed insects and bug queens dance around on stilts.
Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and march in the parade with costumed characters, including bugs and bats. Location: Starts at Rhino Garden and extends to Grizzly Bears
Times: 12 p.m., 2 p.m.
A photo opportunity is available from 3:30–4:00 p.m. in the Dancing Crane Plaza
Next, we headed to the Bug Carousel, one of my favorite things to do at the Bronx Zoo. It was cute seeing all the kid in costumes riding around on bugs. From these we toured the Butterfly Garden. Both of these events are additional fees, and do not feature specific Halloween themed activities.
After the Butterfly Garden we headed to the Hay Maze, right next door. This was a really cute maze made up of hay bales. They were low enough so kids could always see their parents. It wasn’t very complicated but the kids had fun running through it anyway.
Location: Butterfly Patio
Time: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
These fantastic creations are done by experts from Sand Sculpture USA. They will be creating intricately carved pumpkins with a different theme each week.
Location: Dancing Crane Plaza
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Speed Carving: 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m
Kids can grab some free treats around the zoo.
Location: Bug Carousel, Wild Asia Monorail, Zoo Center, Jack O’Lantern Illumination, and Dancing Crane Pavilion
Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
From here we headed to the Children’s Zoo, Sea Lion Habitat and Madagascar. None of these were especially decked out for Halloween, but everything is more fun in a costume when you’re five 🙂
The only Boo At The Zoo even we missed was the Jack O’Lantern Creatures. Here you can take a walk through an illumination of hand carved and lit Jack O’Lanterns. We’ll definitely look for this if we have a chance to return this year!
Location: World of Darkness
Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Boo At The Zoo runs Weekends from October 1-30 plus October 3, 4 and 10th!
- Bring a stroller or wagon for little ones.
- Coolers and food are allowed in.
- They sell beer here!
- They have many food and snack options, Dancing Crane Cafe is our favorite.
- There are many clean bathrooms throughout the zoo.
- I prefer parking lot C since it’s the closest to the Children’s zoo. It’s located to 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY.
- We love our premium family membership, it gives us free parking plus access to all zoos in NYC including Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Staten Island Zoo and Coney Island Aquarium.
- IDNYC is honored here