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King Cake Cookie Party

Date: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
Admission: Regular Zoo Admission

They all ask for you at the Alexandria Zoo! Following the Children's Parade, celebrate Mardi Gras at the Alexandria Zoo's King Cake Cookie Party with king cake inspired COOKIES by Atwood's Bakery.

Mambo to Mardi Gras and pop themed music by Common Ground, and boogie woogie to World War II-era musical classics performed by the National WWII Musseum's charming vocal trio, the Victory Belles.

Bring your camera for pictures with everyone's favorite wascally wabbit, Bugs Bunny, who will be making appearances at the Zoo between 2 pm and 4 pm.

Find your new furry best friend with the help of Alexandria Animal Shelter. The Adoption Bus will be at the Zoo with dogs available for adoption.

King Cake Cookie Party Sponsored by Atwood's Bakery, City of Alexandria, Friends of the Alexandria Zoo, and Alexandria / Pineville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Party for the Planet

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 10 am - 3 pm
Admission: Regular Zoo Admission

Join the Alexandria Zoo for the 24th annual Cenla Earth Fair (now called Party for the Planet)

Discover more about the environment, wildlife, and our natural resources at this mini earth fest.

Learn how to make every day Earth Day with booths, animal encounters, live entertainment, fun games, and educational crafts.

 

 

Activities

The Matthew Davidson Band

11 am - 12:30 pm
1 pm - 2:30 pm

The Matthew Davidson Band is fronted by teenage guitarist/vocalist Matthew Davidson. Matthew was a nominee for OffBeat Magazine's 2012 Best Emerging Artist. He was the 2011 Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation Award Winner and the 2011 Kidd Kraddick Rock Camp Guitarist.

Matthew has been featured on the Guitar International website and "International Musician" magazine. In 2012, Matthew released his debut recording titled "Step Up", produced by legendary bassist Joe Osborn.

Booth Exhibitors

Thanks to our 2014 Exhibitors

  • Roy O. Martin
  • City of Alexandria Urban Forestry Dept.
  • City of Alexandria Water Dept.
  • City of Alexandria Code Enforcement
  • City of Alexandria Motor Pool
  • City of Alexandria Sanitation Dept.
  • Rapides Parish Library
  • Lowe's Home Improvement
  • Ray's Pharmacy
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Kistachie National Forest
  • USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Natichitoches National Fish Hatchery
  • Alexandria Kennel Club
  • Bruce LeBlanc Allstate Agency, Inc.
  • Environmental Resources Management
  • Audubon Nature Institute's Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries
  • LSU AgCenter / Rapides 4-H

Your business or organization can help the Zoo promote the appreciation of the Earth and conservation of all natural resources.

Each hands-on booth provides an interactive experience for kids with hands-on activities/games/educational crafts and "make-and-take" projects, which promote a conservation or environmental theme.

Social Science Fair 2014

Catergories: INDIVIDUAL and GROUP

Level I: Grades 5th & 6th
Level II: Grades 7th & 8th
Level III: Grades 9th - 12th

Enter Alexandria Zoo's first-ever Social Science Fair held during Party for the Planet! Projects will focus on the study of social interations involving animals such as animal social groups, cultures involving animals, animal behaviors, and conservation.

Individuals and groups can compete to win great prizes like zoo memberships, animal adoptions, zoo passes, pizza parties, and more.

Questions? Email us at earthfair@thealexandriazoo.com

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Wild Night of Art

Date: Friday, May 30, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Tickets: $25
Reserved Table for 8: $225

Raise a glass to the Alexandria Zoo!
Join Friends of the Alexandria Zoo (FOTAZ) at Wild Night of Art on Friday, May 30 beginning at 6:30 pm at Central Louisiana's wildest venue for an evening unlike any other in the area.

Wild Night of Art is a brand new adult-only evening event at the Zoo featuring art, wine and wildlife. All proceeds will support the establishment of the FOTAZ Endowment Fund for the Alexandria Zoo. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Sponsors

Coughlin Saunders Foundation

FOTAZ Endowment Fund

FOTAZ Endowment Fund
For nearly 90 years, Alexandria Zoological Park has delighted and educated countless children and adults. To help secure the long-term future of the Zoo and ensure it will be around for generations to come, Friends of the Alexandria Zoo (FOTAZ) is establishing an endowment fund.

The fund is to protect against uncontrollable drops in the Zoo's budget and inevitable fluctuations in community support and earned income, while allowing the Zoo to continue the vital programming that fulfills its mission. The principal of the fund will remain invested, with earnings either reinvested, or earmarked for selected zoo projects.

Pablo Peacockso's Wine & Hors d'oeuvres



Dine on delectable hors d'oeuvres & sip a variety of delightful wines and beers. Soft drinks and water will also be available.
Cash bar.

Monkeyangelo's Live Entertainment



Immerse in the arts with live music and entertainment.

Lionarto da Vinci's Untamed Auction



Bid on original works of art made especially for the Zoo. The auction showcases local artists and the Zoo's resident animal artists who have been paired together to create amazing one-of-a-kind pieces.

 

Guests must be at least 21 years old to attend this event. A valid ID is required for admission. Smoking is not permitted at the Zoo. This is an adults-only event. Babies and children will not be admitted. An ATM is available just inside the Zoo near the main gate.

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Water Festival

Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Time: 10 am - 3 pm
Admission: Regular Zoo Admission; FOTAZ members free with card and photo ID

Prepare to enter the wet zone at Alexandria Zoo Saturday, June 21 from 10 am to 3 pm.

Families can make a splash at the first annual Water Festival for lots of wet and silly fun. Water slides, sprinklers, bubbles, water games, music and more. Discover how we can preserve our oceans and rivers and take home some fun World Oceans Day giveaways.

Lots of icy, cool treats available for purchase. Kids wear your swimsuits and prepare to get wet! Shoes or flip flops must be worn inside the Zoo.

Water slides and other activities are free with admission. Sponsored by the City of Alexandria and Friends of the Alexandria Zoo.

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Feeding Frenzy
(FOTAZ Members Only)

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Time: 7:30 am - 10 am
Admission: Free to FOTAZ Members; RSVP is required

Who has the best members in town? WE DO!
Dine al fresco with the animals at the annual Friends of the Alexandria Zoo event exclusive for FOTAZ Members.

RSVP is required by Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

RSVP Online

Must be a CURRENT FOTAZ MEMBER at the time of the event to attend. FOTAZ Membership Cards and Photo IDs will be checked at the gate. Only individuals included on your membership card may attend.

 

           

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Les Fest
Jammin' in the Jungle

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014

Enjoy a wild evening at this outdoor music fest and fundraiser celebrating the Alexandria Zoo and remembering zoo director Les Whitt and his love for music. Live music, delicious food, presentations with animals and updates on the Alexandria Zoo are featured.

 

  

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Les Fest
Visitor Appreciation Day

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014

Get up, get out, and come play at the Alexandria Zoo on this fun-filled day! Enjoy music, entertainment, animals and fun in remembrance of former Zoo Director Les Whitt.

 

  

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Zoo Boo

Date: October 23, 24, & 25, 2014
(Thursday, Friday, & Saturday)

For over 30 years, Alexandria Zoo has provided a fun, safe Halloween experience. Zoo Boo offers 3 nights of SPOOKTACULAR, SCARE-FREE fun for kids 12 & younger!

Enjoy sweets and treats along the traditional trick-or-treat trail through the Zoo with a stop at the Festival Plaza to enjoy HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS. Treat bags are provided.

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Holiday Light Safari

Date: December 5-6, 12-13, 19-23, & 26-28, 2014

Celebrate the holiday season at the Alexandria Zoo. Enjoy dazzling light displays and festive activities as you stroll through the zoo, aglow with thousands of lights.

Train ride, Gift Shop, and concessions available.

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Venue Rental

Have Your Event at Alexandria Zoo

Please note Venue Rentals cannot be scheduled on dates the Zoo holds special events. Please check our calendar.

Online Reservation Request

Venue Rental Packet

Daytime Rentals (Between 9 am - 5 pm)

Daytime Rentals
(Between 9 am - 5 pm)

$50 deposit required to reserve venue

Festival Plaza

Capacity Unlimited Guests
Base Rate $300
Admission per Person $4.50*
Set Up / Clean Up$150**

Education Pavilion

Capacity 125 Guests (seated)
Size 3,000 sq. ft.
Base Rate $200
Admission per Person $4.50*
Set Up / Clean Up$150**

Activities Building

Capacity 40 Guests (seated)
Size 700 sq. ft.
Base Rate $150
Admission per Person $4.50*
Set Up / Clean Up $50**

Education Building B

Capacity 50 Guests (seated)
Size 1,075 sq. ft.
Base Rate $150
Admission per Person $4.50*
Set Up / Clean Up $50**

Board Room

Capacity 20 Guests (seated)
Size 600 sq. ft.
Base Rate $75
Admission per Person $4.50*
Set Up / Clean Up $25**

Enhance Your Rental
Fee per Train Ticket $1*
Sound System & Technician $100

Evening Rentals (After 5 pm)

Evening Rentals
(After 5 pm)

$50 deposit required to reserve venue
Minumum Guest Requirement: 50
Renter must provide security for front gate.

Festival Plaza with Zoo Access

Base Rate $500
Admission per person $4.50*
Security Inside Zoo $50
Set Up / Clean Up $150**

Enhance Your Rental
Train Conductor $50
Fee per Train Ticket $1*
Sound System & Technician $100

Area without Zoo Access

Admission per person $4.50*
Security Inside Zoo $50
Set Up / Clean Up Varies depending on area

Choose an Area
Festival Plaza $300
Education Pavilion $200
Activities Building $150
Education Building B $150

Enhance Your Rental
Train Conductor $50
Fee per Train Ticket $1*
Sound System & Technician $100

* Discounted admission and train ticket rates apply only for groups of 15 or more that are paid for at one time in one transaction. Individual purchases are FULL PRICE. Zoo admission fees may differ during Zoo Special Events.

** Set up / Clean up fees are negotiable depending on group size.

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Birthday Parties

Looking for a unique place to go wild on your birthday? At the Alexandria Zoo we welcome party animals of all ages.

Please note Birthday Parties cannot be scheduled on dates the Zoo holds special events. Please check our calendar.

Birthday Reservation Request

The Zoo offers three types of party packages:

Party Package 1

Self-guided Party at the Playground

These are available for any day of the week for children of any age.

Party Details

  • What's Included

The party includes admission for everyone, tables for the party, and a zoo souvenir from the Zoo Gift Shop for the birthday child.

  • Guest List

On the day of your party, please provide the zoo office with a copy of your guest list. The cashier will note the arrival of each guest and at the conclusion of your party, you will then pay for only those guests that attended your party.

Reservation

We ask that you submit a reservation form a minimum of one week in advance.

Party Times Available

  • 9 am - 11 am
  • 11 am - 1 pm
  • 1 pm - 3 pm
  • 3 pm - 5 pm

Set-up & Clean-up

The host family is responsible for for set-up and clean-up. If your group fails to clean-up after them there will be an additional clean-up fee of $50.

Fees

  • Hosting Family: Non-FOTAZ
If you have less than 15 guests, the fee is $7.50 per person for all individuals attending the party. This includes party guests, parents, siblings, and FOTAZ members of all ages. Group rates are available for 15 or more people. The group rate is $4.50 per person any age.
  • Hosting Family: FOTAZ
If you have less than 15 guests, the fee is $7.50 per person for all individuals attending the party. This includes party guests, parents, siblings, and FOTAZ members of all ages. Group rates are available for 15 or more people. The group rate is $4.50 per person any age. Only those covered by the host's membership card may enter free of charge.
  • Train
Train rides are $1.50 per person for ages one year and older. Discount rates ($1.00 per ticket) are available for purchases of 15 or more train tickets. You must purchase these discount train tickets all at once.
  • Fish Food
Fish food may be purchased separately.

Please Note

  • Children must be supervised at all times on the playground equipment and while walking in the Zoo.
  • The playground is designed for ages 5-10.
  • The Zoo does not provide refreshments for parties.
  • No balloons, straws, pinatas, confetti, whistles (or other noise makers), or BBQ pits allowed.
  • NO SMOKING anywhere in the Zoo including the playground area.
  • Check with the Zoo office on games and activities planned.
  • Do call with any questions! 318-441-6810

Party Package 2

Self-guided Party in a Supervised Building

These are available on Saturdays for children of any age.

Party Details

  • What's Included
The party includes access to Education Building B for party guests, admission for everyone, wristbands for the guests, tables for the party, and a zoo souvenir for the birthday child.
  • Guest List

On the day of your party, you will provide the zoo office with a copy of your guest list. The cashier will note the arrival of each guest. At the conclusion of your party, you will only pay for those guests that attended your party.

As each guest arrives, they will receive an armband. This wristband will allow them admission into the education building. Without the wristband, they will be UNABLE to enter the building for the party.

Reservation & Deposit

  • You must submit a reservation form a minimum of two weeks in advance.
  • There is a $50 nonrefundable deposit to hold the time and date for your group.

Set-up & Clean-up

You will be allowed 15 minutes before the party to set up. The host family will be responsible for clean-up at the end of the party and if your group fails to clean-up after them there will be an additional clean-up fee of $50.

Party Times Available

  • 10 am - 12 pm
  • 2 pm - 4 pm

Fees

  • Hosting Family: Non-FOTAZ
$300 plus the cost of admission for your party guests; if you have less than 15 guests, the fee is $7.50 per person for all individuals attending the party. This includes party guests, parents, siblings, and FOTAZ members of all ages. Group rates are available for 15 or more people. The group rate is $4.50 per person any age.
  • Hosting Family: FOTAZ
$250 plus the cost of admission for your party guests; if you have less than 15 guests, the fee is $7.50 per person for all individuals attending the party. This includes party guests, parents, siblings, and FOTAZ members of all ages. Group rates are available for 15 or more people. The group rate is $4.50 per person any age. Only those covered by the host's membership card may enter free of charge.
  • Train
Train rides are $1.50 per person for ages one year and older. Discount rates ($1.00 per ticket) are available for purchases of 15 or more train tickets. You must purchase these discount train tickets all at once.
  • Fish Food
Fish food may be purchased separately.

Please Note

  • Children must be supervised at all times on the playground equipment and while walking in the Zoo.
  • The playground is designed for ages 5-10.
  • The Zoo does not provide refreshments for parties.
  • No balloons, straws, pinatas, confetti, whistles (or other noise makers), or BBQ pits allowed.
  • NO SMOKING anywhere in the Zoo including the playground area.
  • Check with the Zoo office on games and activities planned.
  • Do call with any questions! 318-441-6810

Party Package 3

Volunteer-guided Party with an Educational Component

These are available on Saturdays. Birthday Child must be at least four years of age TURNING five.

This is a volunteer-guided party held in Education Building B. A Docent (trained zoo volunteer) will run all activities for this party.

Party Details

  • What's Included

  • The zoo will provide drinks, plates, napkins, utensils, and decorations including table covers and party favors.
  • The zoo will set-up prior to the party and clean-up after the party.
  • Invitations for you to send out
  • Train ride, feeding the fish, a visit to an animal, and an education presentation you selected from our list.
The only item you need to bring for the party set up is the cake.
  • Guest List

On the day of your party, you will provide the zoo office with a copy of your guest list. The cashier will note the arrival of each guest. At the conclusion of your party, you will only pay for those guests that attended your party. As each guest arrives, they will receive an armband. This wristband will allow them admission into the education building. Without the wristband, they will be UNABLE to enter the building for the party.

Reservation & Deposit

  • You must submit a reservation form a minimum of two weeks in advance.
  • There is a $50 nonrefundable deposit to hold the time and date for your group.

Party Times Available

  • 10 am - 12 pm
  • 2 pm - 4 pm

Fees

  • Hosting Family: Non-FOTAZ
$375 plus the cost of admission for your party guests; if you have less than 15 guests, the fee is $7.50 per person for all individuals attending the party. This includes party guests, parents, siblings, and FOTAZ members of all ages. Group rates are available for 15 or more people. The group rate is $4.50 per person any age.
  • Hosting Family: FOTAZ
$325 plus the cost of admission for your party guests; if you have less than 15 guests, the fee is $7.50 per person for all individuals attending the party. This includes party guests, parents, siblings, and FOTAZ members of all ages. Group rates are available for 15 or more people. The group rate is $4.50 per person any age. Only those covered by the host's membership card may enter free of charge.

Please Note

  • Children must be supervised at all times on the playground equipment and while walking in the Zoo.
  • The playground is designed for ages 5-10.
  • No balloons, straws, pinatas, confetti, whistles (or other noise makers), or BBQ pits allowed.
  • NO SMOKING anywhere in the Zoo including the playground area.
  • Check with the Zoo office on games and activities planned.
  • Do call with any questions! 318-441-6810
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