Archives for October 3, 2019

“BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO” Begins October 5th with New Shows, Animal Activities and VIP Experiences, every weekend in October!

Photo Credit: Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association
Jamie Pham, Photographer
Halloween Month Brings New Interactive Activities, Animal Feedings, Kids Shows, Festive Fall Photo Ops, Trick-or-Treating and Other Fang-tastic Fun at the L.A. Zoo, Weekends in October

“Boo at the L.A. Zoo” kicks off October 5 with frightfully fun – and free! – celebrations involving some of the Zoo’s creepiest and most fearsome residents. Every weekend in October, Zoo guests will enjoy Halloween animal encounters and pumpkin feedings, along with spine-tingling interactive kids shows, a spirited pumpkin patch and hay maze, spooky crafts for kids, plenty of fall photo ops, and more.  Costumes are encouraged all month long.

“Boo at the L.A. Zoo” is free with paid admission and runs weekends-only in October.
Dates: Oct 5 and 6, 12 and 13, 19 and 20, 26 and 27.  Halloween activities, shows and animal feedings take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On the last two weekends in October, additional trick-or-treat candy stations will be added throughout the grounds. Trick-or-Treating Dates: October 19 and 20 and October 26 and 27.  Sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores, “Boo at the L.A. Zoo” trick-or-treating is free with paid Zoo admission.

Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $22 for general admission (ages 13 to 61), $19 for seniors (ages 62+), and $17 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under 2. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) members is free.

“Boo at the L.A. Zoo” 2019 Event Details
Weekend-Only Dates: Oct 5 and 6, 12 and 13, 19 and 20, 26 and 27
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

  • Spooky Stroll – Enter, if you dare, and discover Halloween games, a mini pumpkin patch, frightfully Boo-tiful photo ops, and more. Visit the Endangered Animal Graveyard to honor dearly departed species and learn how you can help save at-risk wildlife today.
  • Mystery Maze – Find your way through this cool hay-bale labyrinth and try to avoid “dead” ends.
  • Boo Bird Show – Witness fascinating behaviors of some of nature’s most mysterious and misunderstood flying fauna – owls and vultures – at a special Halloween edition of our popular World of Birds Show at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. every day but Tuesday. Schedule subject to change due to weather.
  • Animals & Boo – Get up close to creepy critters – so close, in fact, you may even get to touch them at 10: 45, 11:45 a.m., with an additional show at 12:45 p.m. on weekend days.
  • The LAIR – Come face-to-face with rare snakes, poisonous frogs, and venomous lizards. No decorations required for this goose bump-inducing excursion! Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Tour – Explore the Zoo to find wacky, creepy, or funny facts about some of your favorite animals and those that might be new to you.

“Boo at the L.A. Zoo” Shows, Activities and Animal Feeding Schedule

  • 11:30am and 1:30pm – Swazzle’s Monster Menagerie Puppet Show – Help a lonely mad scientist create the ultimate trick-or-treating buddy by combining animal “superpowers.” Performances in Adventure Theater at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • 3pm – “Spooktacular Science” Show – Discover bubbling potions, a hovercraft-powered ghost, and more fun surprises in a mad scientist’s bustling lab. Performances in Adventure Theater at 3 p.m.
  • Green-Screen Photo Booth – Get a snap of yourself among some of our most Halloween-y critters.
  • Creature Craft – Bring a toilet paper roll from home to create your own cute-and-creepy bat. (Toilet paper roll suggested, not required, for participation.)
  • Fearsome Feedings & Creature Treats – Watch as our animal residents enjoy seasonal treats all their own. See animal feeding schedule here, details subject to change. Warning: Includes carcass feedings; parental discretion is advised.

“Boo at the L.A. Zoo” VIP Experiences

  • Trick-or-Treating Weekends are October 19-20 and 26-27 Only – Free with admission. Costumes are encouraged. Families will find treat stations throughout the Zoo, with candy, treats and bags courtesy of 99 Cents Only Stores. Available while supplies last.
  • “Boo” Creature Camp Out, Oct 26 – 27 – Back by popular demand, this spine-tingling overnight adventure includes Griffith Park ghost stories, meals, themed activities, and animal fun; plus Sunday daytime admission to the Zoo, so families can enjoy trick-or-treating on October 28. Additional fee and advance registration required. Space is limited. Click here to buy tickets here.
  • Boo at the L.A. Zoo Upper-Level Members Preview, Oct 26 (Saturday), 8:30 – 10 a.m. – Zoo members at the Family Deluxe level and above have the opportunity to experience Boo at the L.A. Zoo before the Zoo opens to the public, with exclusive shows and animal experiences. To RSVP for this exclusive morning event or upgrade your support in order to attend, please phone 323-644-4770.

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Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.

Celebrate National Taco Day at Rubio’s with a Free Taco on Friday, October 4th!

We love tacos! Celebrate National Taco Day at Rubio’s with any taco on the menu free, with the purchase of a beverage, on Friday, October 4, 2019. Simply bring the coupon ( to any of Rubio’s participating locations. To get a second free taco, and earn personalized rewards all year long, download the new Rubio’s App and sign up for Rubio’s Rewards. 

Rubio’s Coastal Grill is encouraging eating seafood twice a week to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke, based on the American Heart Association’s recommendation. Rubio’s uses responsibly sourced shrimp, wild-caught Alaska salmon and pollock, and wild-caught mahi mahi, and features bold, unique flavors in dishes ranging from the Salsa Verde Shrimp Taco and Grilled Gourmet Taco with Shrimp, to the Mango Wild-Caught Mahi Mahi Taco. For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill and to view the menu, visit

Credit: Rubio’s Coastal Grill. Information and images were provided.

The Nocturnals Storytime at Vroman’s Bookstore – 10/6 – Bullying Prevention Month


Early Reader Series Supports Social-Emotional Learning In support of Bullying Prevention Month, it’s time to promote kindness, sharing and inclusion. Fabled Films Press partners with Vroman’s Bookstore for an extra special storytime featuring the acclaimed Grow & Read book series, The Nocturnals. The series welcomes its newest title, The Kooky Kinkajou, which engages parents, educators, and children around social-emotional skills such as acceptance, friendship, and empathy in an age-appropriate manner! 

      Free Nocturnals Storytime Story time event featuring books in The Nocturnals series plus free giveaways        

WHEN:  Sunday, October 6th, 2019  10:30 am     

WHERE:        Vroman’s Bookstore   3729 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

  The Nocturnals by Tracey Hecht features three unlikely friends: Dawn, a serious fox; Tobin, a sweet pangolin; and Bismark, a pint-sized sugar glider. The stories all play out in their nighttime world with teamwork, friendship, and humor in every adventure. The books are boy/girl and appropriate for kids aged 5–12. features fun downloadable nighttime activities for families as well as educator guides for teachers and librarians, supporting the book series and social-emotional learning.  The series includes middle grade and early reader books so that families with young children can share the reading experience together. The American Booksellers Association chose the first book in the middle-grade series, The Mysterious Abductions, as a Kids’ Indie Next List pick and The Chestnut Challenge,was the recipient of a Gold Mom’s Choice Award®. Connect with The Nocturnals:Facebook: @nocturnalsworld. Instagram: @nocturnalsworld. Twitter: @fabled_films.


Aquarium’s new Pacific Visions EcoAlliance app now available for iOS and Android

The Aquarium of the Pacific announced today that the new Pacific Visions EcoAlliance App is now available for download on Apple and Android devices. The app invites the public to join the player community and take on challenges to create a better planet right here on Earth. Once Aquarium visitors have experienced Pacific Visions, they will be able to put their new knowledge into practice through an app for Apple and Android devices created by developer Artifact Technologies. Part game and part motivational tool, the Pacific Visions EcoAlliance app invites players to join a community dedicated to learning more about conserving resources and making sustainable decisions in their daily lives. Players will also be able to participate in a series of interactive challenges, share photos, and collaborate on virtual projects in the app to visualize a sustainable future.

Join the Community

Anyone who downloads the app will be able to create a profile, select an avatar, and start collecting points and virtual resources by completing activities in the app and in the real world. While some challenges can be completed by players anywhere in the world, there will be a number of special projects that can only be found in Long Beach. These will be available at launch, and additional location-based experiences throughout the Los Angeles area will be added over time.

The app’s interactive challenges allow players to test their knowledge and show commitment to conservation, earning badges as they complete each one. Complementing the interactive multiplayer game tables in the Pacific Visions culmination gallery, the app challenges focus on water, food, and energy. The water conservation-themed challenges are available to complete now, and the challenges on food and energy sustainability will be added in coming months.

Build the Future

Using the resources they have earned in the app, players can contribute to virtual projects anchored to real-world locations and made visible via augmented reality. Players who visit those locations and view the area through the app’s EcoLens feature will be able to see a vision of sustainability projects. Examples include virtual reservoirs for freshwater collection, virtual gardens for sustainable agriculture, and virtual generators for renewable energy. They will also be able to see how other players have contributed to these projects and can add their own resources. Contributing to these communal projects will earn players points and badges.

Take Action

Players can transform the things they learn and challenges they complete into conservation-minded habits by creating a personal action plan. They can share their action plan items on social media to inspire others and collect additional rewards for following through on their commitments.

To download the Pacific Visions EcoAlliance app and other Aquarium apps, visit

About Artifact Technologies

Since 2011 Artifact Technologies has pioneered location-based technologies that deliver more meaningful, relevant content and foster deeper engagement at museums, music events, conventions, schools, and public libraries. Their unique approach combines user-centric experience design with state-of-the-art location technologies. The result is personalized and memorable experiences that are rich with dynamic, immersive content and gamified interactions.

About the Aquarium of the Pacific

The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. The new Pacific Visions wing opened to the public on May 24, 2019. The facility’s first major expansion since the Aquarium’s founding in 1998, Pacific Visions is a 29,000-square-foot, two-story, sustainable structure designed by the San Francisco-based architecture and design firm EHDD. It houses a state-of-the-art immersive theater, exhibition space, an art gallery, and several new live animal exhibits. To learn more visit The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach, California. For more information, visit or call (562) 590-3100.

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.