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Best Zoo And Aquarium Events In Seattle

July 26, 2013 5:00 AM

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(photo credit: Ethan Miller
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(photo credit: Ethan Miller
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Summer in Seattle features sun-hungry residents ready to do just about anything to get their rays. The area’s zoos and aquariums offer a rich schedule of activities for both adults and kids to enjoy so much more than just the animals they host. Very often, there are low-cost events that the whole family can enjoy together. The below events are just a sampling of what these community staples will be offering as the temperatures rise.

BECU ZooTunes: Indigo Girls
Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 548-2500
www.zoo.org

Dates: July 30 and 31, 2013
ZooTunes is an annual summer concert series that has become a staple in Seattle. The Indigo Girls are always a highlight and attract a huge crowd that’s dancing and singing along with their hits. This summer, the group is back for two shows on the Woodland Park Zoo’s North Meadow. Bring out your blankets and families to sit in the sun and listen to great music.

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Explore The Shore: Owen Beach
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 591-5337
www.pdza.org

Date: Aug. 20, 2013
For families and children five years and older, the Explore the Shore at Owen Beach is a great event to learn and help the environment. The group will gather at the beach, nearby the Zoo, for a short presentation about tide pools and the animals that live within them. The group will then head out and record information for the NatureMapping database. The day will be fun and educational for adults and children alike.

Brew At The Zoo
Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 548-2500
www.zoo.org

Date: Oct. 3, 2013
Adults will enjoy this after-hours beer-tasting event benefiting the Woodland Park Zoo. Admission includes six beer-tasting tickets and access to a complimentary buffet of pub-style eats. There will be animals brought around for up close and personal encounters and attendees will go home with a souvenir tasting glass and goodie bag. Those who enjoy the event can hang onto their Brew at the Zoo ticket and it will be good for $3 off general zoo admission from October 4 to December 31, 2013.

BECU ZooTunes: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 548-2500
www.zoo.org

Date: Aug. 7, 2013
Set on the North Meadow of Woodland Park Zoo, the ZooTunes summer concert series welcomes the unique sounds of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is a Grammy-nominated artist that has creatively brought together New Orleans jazz, funk, soul and threw in hard rock and hip hop. It is truly a musical experience to see him weave together various influence into a cohesive jam. Blankets are the seating of choice on the North Meadow and children are welcome to enjoy the sun and sounds.

BECU ZooTunes: Todd Snider’s Traveling Folk Show Featuring Shawn Mullins, Hayes Carll, Sarah Jarosz
Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 548-2500
www.zoo.org

Date: Aug. 11, 2013
ZooTunes welcomes Todd Snider, headlining a night of folk music on the North Meadow. Snider is an accomplished singer-songwriter bringing together Americana, alternative country and folk inspirations. On the bill are three other folk music artists with the best known being Shawn Mullins. He is best known for “Lullaby,” his 1998 Grammy-nominated hit. The great folk music should set the tone for a wonderful evening under the stars as ZooTunes continues to bring the best shows to Seattle’s summer.

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Megan Knight resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA. During the day she works in IT Management and at night is a royal news junkie. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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