By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: March 2010
The Tulsa Zoo’s Spring Fling committee includes Keegan Young, executive director of Tulsa Zoo Friends, and Spring Fling co-chairs Sara Franden and Jennifer Carroll.
Every kid knows that spring break officially begins Friday afternoon when that last school bell rings. To celebrate this annual time off from school and the onset of spring, the Tulsa Zoo is hosting its first-ever Spring Fling event. On Friday, March 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the zoo will become the choice destination in town for children and their families to let loose and have some fun.
In previous years, the zoo has hosted a similar event called Zoofari. “This year, we wanted to shake things up a bit,” said Ashley Farthing, special events manager. “The Spring Fling is the perfect way to kick off your spring break fun. We’ll have activities, inflatables, a rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, behind-the-scenes animal tours, a dance floor, restaurants offering some delicious food, and a lot more.”
“This is the perfect event for kids to channel their energy and excitement when they get out of school,” adds Whitney Stauffer, special events manager. “It’s going to be a lot of fun, and marks the beginning of the zoo’s busiest week of the year.”
Inflatables are always a huge hit with kids, and the Jumpin’ Jiminy Fun Zone will not disappoint. The dance floor is another popular draw. “We had a dance floor at last year’s Zoofari, and everyone loved it!” says Whitney. “The floor was packed – everyone danced the night away alongside costumed characters.” All children will enjoy the arts and crafts booths, carnival-style games and face painting, and for the more adventurous kids, a rock climbing wall has been added this year.
Spring breakers will love the many arts and crafts booths at Spring Fling.
But what would an event at the zoo be without the animals? “Our behind-the-scenes tours with some of the zoo’s most beloved celebrities are going to be very exciting,” says Ashley. “We have some fun surprises up our sleeves.”
Several of Tulsa’s best restaurants will be on hand dishing up some fantastic food, including Brothers Pizza, Mimi’s Café, Old School Bagel Café, Hideaway Pizza, Cosi and Merritt’s Bakery. All food is included in the Spring Fling ticket price.
The Spring Fling committee chairs – Keegan Young, Tulsa Zoo Friends executive director, Sara Franden and Jennifer Carroll – have been working diligently to make the first-ever Spring Fling a wonderful, thrilling time for everyone who attends.
General admission to the event is $10 for Zoo Friends members and $12 for the general public. Super Pass tickets, which include the behind-the-scenes tours, unlimited train and carousel rides on the day of Spring Fling, and week-long free admission to the Jumpin’ Jiminy Fun Zone (March 13-21) are $20 for Zoo Friends members and $22 for the general public. Sponsorships are available for $250 for eight tickets.
Another great reason to attend Spring Fling is the Tulsa Zoo Friends membership special being offered. “You’ll have the opportunity to buy a membership one day before everyone else, receive $11 off your membership, and not have to wait in a long line,” says Ashley.
For ticket information or patron package information, please call Ashley Farthing at (918) 669-6614 or email eat0@eau0eav0eaw0. You can purchase and print your tickets online now by visiting www.tulsazoo.org.
Jumpin’ Jiminy’s Fun Zone will be filled with lots of fun inflatables.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.