Tag Archives: Woodland Park Zoo

Wildlights: Woodland Park Zoo ventures into holiday lighting for the season

A lot of us have driven down to Tacoma during the holiday season to experience Zoolights at Point Defiance.  Now, we don’t have to travel so far – Woodland Park Zoo has launched Wildlights, their own version of a winter light show happening now.

Wildlights began November 23rd and will run through January 1st, featuring almost 400,000 LED lights around the zoo as well as some special guests, a few visiting reindeer.   The Historic Carousel will be up and running for rides.  There will also be some live holiday entertainment in the form of carolers, ice carvers, and other musical performances (for the full calendar, check here).

The cost for Wildlights is $8.50 per adult through December 13th and $9.50 afterwards, and $6.50 per child anytime.  The event occurs each night from 5:30 to 8:30, and will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.   You can purchase your tickets ahead of time online here. 

Woodland Park & Wine: A Fundraiser for the Zoo

Beer is usually my beverage-of-choice on a night out, but next Thursday, August 9th, wine is the preferred drink at Woodland Park Zoo in Phinney Ridge.  The second tasting flight of the summer, this wine tasting event doubles as a fundraiser for the zoo while providing a great atmosphere to enjoy a glass.

$25 In advance and $30 at the door gets you 10 tastings from more than 30 wineries, along with live music and “real close” animal encounters at the zoo’s North Meadows and particularly at the penguin exhibit.  There will be food available for purchase, as well as full bottles of wine to take home from the participating wineries.

IMPORTANT: This is a bring your own glass event.  As odd as that sounds, it’s part of Woodland Park Zoo’s commitment to sustainability and I highly support this!  So bring your favorite wine glass and enjoy the event!  You can purchase your advance tickets on their website here.

Green Lake Forza Coffee presents “Hops for Hope” Benefit

Our newest Green Lake coffee house, Forza, is hosting “Hops for Hope” this  Saturday, April 21st from 7pm to 10pm.  The event benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and will feature food and drink specials, plus live music from The Castaways, a ukulele rock cover band.

In addition to the food and drink specials with proceeds benefitting the charity, there will also be raffle prizes from some great neighborhood sponsors.  Some prizes include dinner and show for two from Teatro Zinzanni, Woodland Park Zoo admission tickets, and a bike tuneup from Gregg’s Cycles.

Forza Coffee is located in the Circa building at 6900 East Green Lake Way North.  They have rotating craft beer and wine selections plus an assortment of rotating foods, and feature live music every Friday and Saturday night.

A Very North Seattle Easter – Where to go, when, for your neighborhood Egg Hunt

I’m not very good at paying attention to holidays, probably because I don’t have children.  The only way I know which holiday is approaching is usually by the displays of candy at the grocery store – Halloween to Christmas, Christmas to Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day to Easter, and so on.  The marshmallow Peeps are out, along with the jelly beans and Cadbury Creme Eggs, and so Easter must be on its way.

And for those of you that DO have children, that means Easter Egg Hunts.  You have a few to choose from in north Seattle this year – and North Seattle Sarah has you covered on what to do.

Wallingford: The Wallingford Center presents their annual Easter Egg Hunt featuring…wait for it…The Bubbleman! The celebration will be Saturday, April 7th at the Wallingford Center (1818 N 45th Street) and will go from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The Bubbleman begins performing at 9 a.m., and the egg hunt takes place at 10 a.m.  From 10 a.m. to noon there will also be face painting, crafts, and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny.

Woodland Park: The Zoo is hosting their annual Bunny Bounce from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th.  Egg hunts for age groups 3-5, and 6-8 will happen in half-hour increments starting a 10 a.m.  Egg hunts for toddlers will be at 9:30.  This is the 11th year the Zoo has put this on, and there will be crafts, bunny encounters and more throughout the day.  Cost to participate is regular Zoo admission.

Green Lake: Egg Hunt at the Green Lake Community Center is back this year, after being cancelled last year from lack of funding.  Visit the Community Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday April 7th at 7201 East Green Lake Drive N.   It’s free for kids 10 and under.

Ravenna: The Spring Bunny Hunt at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center at 6535 Ravenna Way NE is also hosting an egg hunt.  This one starts at 10 a.m. and is for children 12 and under.

Loyal Heights:  Children 10 and under can hunt for eggs at the Loyal Heights Community Center at 10 a.m. on April 7th, at 2101 NW 77th Street.

Ballard: Same goes for you, Ballard.  Children 10 and under can egg hunt at the Ballard Community Center on April 7th at 10 a.m.  The Ballard Community Center is at 6020 28th Ave NW.

Bitter Lake: Finally, we can’t forget about our friends on the northern border.  Visit the Bitter Lake Community Center at 13040 Greenwood Ave North for an egg hunt for children 10 and under at 10 a.m. on April 7th.  Note: Meet at the Bitter Lake ANNEX which is attached to Broadview Thomson Elementary School.

North Seattle Valentine’s Day – Things to do

Valentine’s day is next Tuesday, and in north Seattle you have plenty of options to treat your special someone to something special.  We’re lucky enough to have some of the best restaurants and activities in town!  Here’s a few options for you to celebrate your V-Day, whether you go out this weekend or on the actual day!

  • Greenlake Bar & Grill will have a special menu over the weekend of bacon wrapped prawns, pepper crusted scallops, rib eyes and chocolate ganache cheesecake.  On V-day, they’ll have live music from 6pm to 10pm.
  • Woodland Park Zoo is celebrating the big day on February 11th (Saturday) by giving heart-shaped treats to the animals.  This will happen throughout the day between 10 am and 3 pm.
  • The Stumbling Goat in Phinney Ridge has a four course meal for $55 on Valentine’s Day, ending with house-made truffles.
  • Nell’s in Green Lake also has a special menu for Tuesday, priced at $68 per person and starting with champagne.
  • This weekend is the annual Valentine’s Day Dash at Green Lake, a 5k run.  There’s still time to register.

Remember men, there’s plenty of other nice restaurants to take her to, so think about making a reservation at Ray’s Boathouse, Volterra, Bastille or one of the other great places in north Seattle!

The Fall Fecal Fest: Bidding Starts today for Woodland Park Zoo’s “Zoo Doo”

(Let me start off by saying I never thought I’d ever use the words Fecal Fest in a blog post)

Today, September 1st, marks the first day that you can enter to receive some of that wonderful Woodland Park Zoo fertilizer known as Zoo Doo (and also the version mixed with wood chips and sawdust called “bedspread”).

If you’d like to enter to get some, send them a postcard between today and September 23rd – mark the postcard “Zoo Doo” or “Bedspread” depending on which one you want to enter.  You can enter for both, but must send in two different postcards. 

Here’s the info the postcard needs to have:

  • Name
  • Daytime and evening phone numbers
  • Amount of Zoo Doo or Bedspread you’d like
  • Weekday or Weekend preference for pickup

Mail your postcard to:

Dr. Doo, Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, WA 98103

Wine & Woodland Park Zoo – Tasting Flight

Friday, June 17th, enjoy an adults-only wine tasting event at Woodland Park Zoo.  The fundraising event will feature more than 30 wineries, and a $20 advanced ticket ($25 at the door) will get you 10 tastings.  You can purchase additional tastings inside for $1 each.

 The Zoo will also have live music, up-close animal encounters, and bottles of wine will be available for purchase from the different wineries.  There is also food on hand for purchase from Lancer Catering, and folks will have access to the Northern Trail and penguin exhibit.   You can purchase your ticket online here.

Tasting Flight goes from 6pm to 9pm.  In keeping with the Woodland Park Zoo’s sustainable practices, the event is BYOG – bring your own glass.  Alternatively, glasses are available for rent for $5.

There will be a second event August 11th for those that can’t make this one – or for those that want to attend both!

Mother’s Day Must-Do’s in North Seattle

This Mother’s Day weekend, treat your mom north Seattle-style. From gifts to activities and events, we’ve got you covered.

Looking for the perfect gift for your mother?  Look no further than the Fremont First Friday Art Walk tonight, that spans along N 34th and N 35th Streets close to the Fremont Bridge.  You’ll find tons of unique pieces including glass work and jewelry.  And mom will love having something locally made that no one else has!

If you’re family isn’t into the big gifts, stop by the Ballard or Fremont farmer’s markets on Sunday morning and pick up a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers.

Events & Activities:

If you and your mom are heading out to explore the city for the day, stop into Caffe Vita (two north Seattle locations, 7402 Greenwood Ave N and 4301 Fremont Ave N) for a hot cup of coffee.  Moms, enjoy a free 8-oz cup of Zoo Special Reserve French Press.  For everyone else, $1 of this special Zoo blend goes to the Woodland Park Zoo.

Speaking of the Zoo, it’s the 21st Annual Mom and Me at the Zoo festival on Saturday (May 7th) from 9:30 am to 3 pm.  There will be crafts, inflatables, and of course, animals.  All moms are half off zoo admission!

Sunday, why not treat your mom to lunch or even dinner?  It’s easily done, as mothers eat free at Greenlake Bar & Grill all day Mother’s Day. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Whoa! Betty White supports Woodland Park Zoo!

One of America’s favorite actresses, Betty White, shows her support for the Woodland Park Zoo in this new video on the zoo’s More Wonder, More Wild campaign site:

http://www.zoo.org/morewonder

The zoo’s campaign focuses on the need to protect wildlife through education and creating the “look of wonder” on a child’s face when they get to see and learn about an animal for the first time. 

According to their Web site, the zoo has about 300 different animal species, 40 of which are endangered.  The goal of the More Wonder, More Wild campaign is to raise $80 million for capital and program improvements and endowments.  You can donated here.

Treating the Zoo like a Zoo

We are very lucky here in north Seattle to have an incredible zoo in our own backyard.  Woodland Park Zoo is an absolute treat to have!

Wikipedia lets us know that “zoo” comes from the term “zoology” – which is the study of animals.  So when you visit our zoo, what do you “study?”

This is a picture I took during the summer when I visited Woodland Park Zoo.  This is an orangutan.  The fact that it’s an orangutan is pretty obvious.  So it was disappointing to hear two mothers tell their kids “Look at the funny monkey.”

I also got to see a tapir, which I heard referred to as an anteater.

And the most disappointing was the sloth bear, which was given a treat ball to work out that was filled with goodies.  When one child asked their mother (who was on a cell phone at the time) what the bear was eating, she told him “meat.”  Sloth bears actually eat mostly insects, honey, berries and fruit.

Know how I know that?  I’m not a genius – I read the plaque outside the bear’s habitat.

There’s so much opportunity for learning at the zoo – Woodland Park actually works really hard to make the zoo a full educational experience.  But its only as good as what we take away from it – and I’m worried that kid’s aren’t taking away what they should.

I don’t have kids and it’s not my place to tell someone how to parent.  But I do think we have a responsibility to these animals that have essentially sacrificed their freedom to be ambassadors to our education. 

The zoo has a ton of educational programs for all ages, check them out! http://www.zoo.org/education/classes 

Oh, and my favorite?  Be sure to check out the Malayan Sun Bear, the smallest animal in the bear family (education aside, they do look awfully cuddly).