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Friday, April 30, 2010


With ‘SeaWorld Cares’ offer, 100 percent of each child’s ticket sold goes to conservation organization of choice

SAN DIEGO (April 26, 2010) -- Summer is the perfect time for reconnecting with family and friends and making memories that will last a lifetime. This summer, SeaWorld is rolling out an offer that comes at the perfect time for summer vacations and allows families to make a difference for wildlife conservation.

Through the SeaWorld Cares offer, now through Dec. 31, with each full-paid, SeaWorld single-day, adult admission purchased online, any child age 12 and under gets a $5 admission, all of which goes to fund non-profit organizations that are working right now on wildlife conservation projects. The offer is good for SeaWorld San Diego, as well as SeaWorld parks in Orlando, Fla. and San Antonio. Families even can choose which wildlife conservation effort receives their donation. Complete details are available at

“This offer makes it easy for families and friends to reconnect during a vacation, a getaway or even just a day trip to SeaWorld,” said SeaWorld San Diego President Andy Fichthorn. “At SeaWorld, families experience amazing up-close animal connections that can’t be found any place else. And we believe a greater respect for the world we share follows a visit to one of our parks.”

With so much coming up at SeaWorld, there’s never been a better time to visit: “Blue Horizons” — featuring energetic bottlenose dolphins, majestic pilot whales, a colorful array of exotic birds and amazing human performers — is scheduled to open May 29, 2010. Also kicking off at the end of May is Summer Nights, featuring extended hours, special nighttime animal shows, fireworks and more.

“We know the economy’s been tough for everyone, but more than ever before, families needs to spend time together,” Fichthorn said. “We think our guests will have fun deciding which conservation effort gets their donation too. It’s a wonderful way for kids to learn about the work that goes on to save animals in the wild.”

SeaWorld San Diego is open year-round. Hours vary by season. Admission is $69 for adults and $59 for ages 3–9 (note that the $5 child’s admission included with the SeaWorld Cares offer is good for children age 3–12). For more information about SeaWorld San Diego, visit or call (800) 25-SHAMU.

SeaWorld Helps Families Reconnect with $5 Tickets for Kids

100 percent of each child’s ticket sold goes to wildlife conservation project of choice

ORLANDO, FL (April 26, 2010) -- Summer is the perfect time for reconnecting with family and friends and making memories that will last a lifetime. And now, SeaWorld Orlando is rolling out an offer that comes at the perfect time for vacations and allows families the chance to make a real difference for wildlife conservation.

Now through December 31, with each full-paid, SeaWorld Orlando single-day, adult admission purchased online, any child age 12 and under gets a $5.00 admission, all of which goes to fund non-profit organizations that are working right now on wildlife conservation projects. Families even can choose which wildlife conservation effort receives their donation.

Complete details are available at

“This offer makes it easy for families and friends to reconnect during a vacation, a getaway or even just a day trip to one of our parks,” said Jim Atchison, President and Chief Executive Officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “At SeaWorld, families experience amazing up-close animal connections that can’t be found any place else. And we believe a greater respect for the world we share follows a visit to one of our parks.”

And with so much new to do at all of the SeaWorld parks, there’s never been a better time to visit.

At SeaWorld Orlando, fans can brave Manta, an all-new flying roller coaster and the only one of its kind in the world. It’s a seamless blend of up-close animal encounters with a head-first, face-down thrill ride that’s sure to top the must-see lists again.

This summer, the nights are cooler and the atmosphere is hotter during SeaWorld AfterDark, when the park transforms daytime favorites into nighttime spectacles.

SeaWorld AfterDark showcases the park in a whole new light, with a nighttime rock ‘n' roll extravaganza, a high-energy Shamu show, a hilarious sea lion show and a mystifying fireworks finale. That's in addition to being able to experience all that's awesome day and night, like Manta, up-close animal encounters and spectacular shows. SeaWorld AfterDark begins May 29 and continues through August 15.

Whether day or night, SeaWorld Orlando is the place to be this summer for a one-of-a-kind experience.

“We know the economy’s been tough for everyone, but more than ever before, everyone needs to spend time together,” Atchison said. “We think families also will have fun deciding which wildlife conservation project gets their donation, too. It’s a wonderful way for kids to learn about the work that goes on to save animals in the wild.”

For important details on this offer and to buy tickets, go to

Jackie Greene Concert Tickets Going Fast!

Tickets Selling Fast!

Demand is high for tickets to the Jackie Greene Concert at Fairytale Town on Friday, June 4.

The audience will be among the first to hear Greene perform new music from his soon-to-be-released CD, "Till The Light Comes." Last year Greene performed to a sold out Fairytale Town audience.

This event is expected to sell out - get your tickets today!

Prices go up on May 1st!


Tickets are available at Ticket prices are $25 in April; $30 in May; and $35 in June; while supplies last. They are also available at R5 Records on Broadway and Land Park Drive.


Gates open at 6:30PM and the concert begins at 8PM.

General Event Information
Seating will be intimate and limited. Blankets are welcome, no portable seats or folding chairs are allowed. Outside food or beverages, including ice chests or picnic baskets will not be admitted. No video cameras or professional recording devices will be admitted.

Food & Beverage

Food and beverage will be available for purchase at the Dish & Spoon Cafe, and additional vendors.

More Information

Please call 916-808-7462 or


YORK, Va. (April 22, 2010) – Water Country USA is holding an Electronic Hazardous Waste Recycling Day Saturday, April 24 to help raise awareness about conservation and recycling. The public is invited to bring broken and unwanted electronic equipment to the Water Country USA parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This year, every person who donates an item will be registered to win a Water Country USA Prize Package. Two lucky winners will win four-single day admission tickets to the mid-Atlantic’s largest water park, and the Grand Prize winner will win a complementary Cabana for a day at Water Country USA, along with four-single day admission tickets to the park.

Electronic equipment can contain lead, mercury and other potentially hazardous materials that could harm the environment if disposed of improperly.

“Environmental conservation is a cornerstone of our business,” said John Reilly, park president at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. “This important ‘go-green’ initiative works to both raise awareness and promote environmental safety.”

Unwanted electronic equipment that plugs into a wall electrical socket or runs on batteries, even rechargeable batteries, are acceptable. Usable computer parts will be refurbished and donated to Virginia Public Schools or non-profit education organizations.

Donation of most electronics is free, $5 for computer monitors and $15 for any size TV. All fees go to Computer Recycling of Virginia. The recycling organization does not accept refrigeration equipment or large appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines.

Eight Young Student Groups Win SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Awards

ORLANDO, FL (April 22, 2010) - This Earth Day, a select group of students will be awarded for being the best in the country in regard to their stellar environmental efforts. SeaWorld and Busch Gardens will award the 2010 winners of its annual Environmental Excellence Awards awards Thursday evening during a Serengeti Night Safari at Busch Gardens. Jack Hanna will present the awards.

The inventive entries included creations such as:

-- A robot who collects garbage from the ocean, engineered by a high school science club

-- A system that turns waste cooking oil from restaurants into biofuel to heat homes for needy families, developed by a middle school group

-- A K-12 campus that processes paper and plastic, all according to industry standards, and runs a profitable business in doing so.

The award program recognizes the outstanding efforts of K-12 students and teachers across the country working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment awards each winning group $10,000 to further their environmental efforts -- plus a fun and educational trip to Busch Gardens Tampa, where they will feed giraffes by hand, meet rhinos up close, and learn about conservation initiatives supported by SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens have awarded nearly 160 winning schools and/or organizations and almost $1.8 million dollars as part of this program since its inception 17 years ago.

An award for Educator of the Year and $5,000 was also presented to Cindy Suchanek of Mira Loma High School in Sacramento, Ca. for her tireless efforts to teach environmental responsibility to her students.

The 2010 winners are:

The Carlton J. Kell High School Robotics Team, Marietta, Ga.

Project Name: Applied Robotics for Marine Sustainability

Students developed a robotic watercraft designed to pick up marine debris and garbage in lakes and oceans.

Westerly Middle School Innovations Network, Westerly, R.I.

Project Name: Turn Grease into Fuel

This team created a sustainable project where waste cooking oil is collected from restaurants, refined into biofuel, then distributed to families in need to heat their homes.

Pacifica 4-H Club, Pacifica, Ca.

Project Name 4-H Million Trees Project

This group participated in an international service project inspiring up to 6 million 4-H youth to plant trees in their communities in order to help slow global climate change.

Mira Loma High School, Sacramento, Ca.

Project Name: Arcade Creek Project

This group conducts a research project, now in its eighth year, on the Arcade Creek with the purpose of removing invasive species and keep watershed clean and natural.

Learning Without Limits Science Club, Iowa City, Ia.

Project Name: Lead Wheel Weights: Unregulated Hazardous Waste

This group raised awareness about the dangers of toxic lead wheel weights in vehicles, presenting data that could help phase out hazardous material in the tire industry.

Purdy High School Spanish Club, Purdy, Mo.

Project Name: The Purdy Recycling Project

For the past four years, students on this K-12 campus have processed paper, metals, cardboard, plastic and Styrofoam, all according to industry standards, allowing them to run a profitable business.

Niceville High School, Niceville, Fla.

Project Name: NaGISA N.W. Florida High School Initiative

This group conducts extensive studies on marine life in their area, from the beach to twenty meters off the shore, with the goal of keeping the ocean eco-system pure.

Fayette Academy Ecology Club, Somerville, Tenn.

Project Name: Think Globally, Act Locally

This group takes part in hands-on environmental studies, calculating the health of three water systems, with the goal of energy conservation and a “greener tomorrow.”


San Diego Zoo Conservation Study Loses Elephant to Human Conflict

BOTSWANA - In January 2009, the San Diego Zoo became involved in a multi-country conservation program that aims to reduce human/elephant conflict by monitoring elephant movements and finding safe corridors in a 50,000-square-mile area. Sadly, one of the three elephant ambassadors for this project seems to have fallen victim to the very thing the conservation effort hopes to resolve.

"We hope this tragic incident will bring attention to the difficult situation we live with, need to work with and overcome in Africa," said Michael Chase, Ph.D., the San Diego Zoo's Henderson Endowed Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellow. "Human/elephant conflict is an extremely complex situation that threatens African elephants throughout the continent."

Chase, the San Diego Zoo's scientist leading the study in partnership with Elephants Without Borders, had placed a GPS collar on Kachikau (catch-ee-cow), a 30-year-old female elephant with a 2-year-old calf, as part of a unique program that monitors elephant ranging patterns both in and out of national parks, across international boundaries encompassing Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe and in habitats ranging from desert to lush riverine environments.

It was during one of these international treks that Kachikau was killed. As the matriarch of her 8-member herd, she made key decisions about where the family moved. She appears to have been shot after leading the herd out of Botswana, where elephants number 150,000 strong but make up almost 30 percent of Africa's elephant population. With so many elephants squeezed into Botswana, the need to identify safe corridors for elephants to disperse into neighboring countries is critical. Trying to harmonize the needs of elephants and people is an urgent conservation dilemma.

The Zoo and Elephants Without Borders have started an ambitious new program to try to address this increasing conflict and avoid retaliatory killings of elephants suspected of damaging crops or properties. The Elephant Conservation and Community Outreach Farming project will experiment with several strategies that reduce this issue. The farm will be used to train local farmers in mitigating human/elephant conflict, thereby improving food security to farmers threatened by elephants raiding crops.

Kachikau's death coincides with the peak elephant crop-raiding season. Chase and his team found Kachikau four days after her satellite signal showed she had stopped moving. People may shoot haphazardly at elephants to scare them away from their properties, even if they are not raiding crops. Many elephants have been injured and killed under these circumstances.

Chase was unable to locate Kachikau's calf or the rest of the herd. They may never be seen again, since no other elephant in the group has a GPS collar. According to Chase, Kachikau kept her calf close to her side and was an attentive mother. The calf's future is unknown, but at 2 years old, it has a chance of surviving in the herd. Elephants begin to wean from their mother's milk at this age, but the calf will depend on its aunts to help it transition quickly to a diet of vegetation and water.

The death of Kachikau is heartbreaking for Chase and his team, as well as people who have joined Project Elephant Footprint, a Zoo program designed to help the public get involved in elephant conservation. Kachikau was one of the three elephant ambassadors highlighted, and sponsors were able to track her movements.

The conflict between humans and elephants in Africa is difficult because there are people trying to survive and protect their resources while elephants are also trying to live. Chase hopes the work he and Elephants Without Borders are conducting will mitigate human/elephant conflicts in Africa by finding ways to help educate individuals about elephant behavior and creating deterrents to keep the elephants safely out of people's way.

The 100-acre San Diego Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and their habitats. The organization focuses on conservation and research work around the globe, educates millions of individuals a year about wildlife and maintains accredited horticultural, animal, library and photo collections. The Zoo also manages the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, which includes a 900-acre native species reserve, and the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.

Discovery Cove and Busch Gardens Tampa Offer Memorable Mother's Day Packages

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 2010) – Discovery Cove’s Mother’s Day Escape package is the perfect gift for a memorable Mother’s Day that includes something very “splashy” to show how much mom is appreciated -- a “love note” delivered by an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.

Located in the heart of Orlando, Discovery Cove provides a secluded, tropical retreat where families can enjoy extraordinary adventures through up-close encounters with exotic marine life and other animals. In the sparkling Tropical Reef, families can snorkel, swim and wade among thousands of tropical fish and hundreds of velvety rays. In the Explorer’s Aviary, guests can hand-feed more than 250 exotic birds. A winding river, sandy beaches and resort pool add to the paradise, but the highlight of Discovery Cove is the dolphin experience, where guests enjoy interacting with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins – for most, a dream come true. And for Moms, a dolphin delivers a personalized “love note” on a keepsake buoy for a fantastic finale.
In addition, this special Mother’s Day Escape package features Crabtree & Evelyn® La Source spa essentials gift basket, photo and frame, champagne and a private cabana, and is available April 26 through May 9, 2010 for $329. Package prices are in addition to park admission and require the purchase of at least one dolphin-swim, which start at $199 per person, plus tax.

With approximately 1,000 guests per day, guests can enjoy the all-inclusive benefits of a light continental breakfast, freshly-prepared lunch, as well as snacks and beverages throughout the day. Other park amenities include complimentary snorkel gear, towels, lockers and parking, as well as a 14-day, unlimited-use pass to SeaWorld or Aquatica in Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

For those looking to “wow” Mom this Mother’s Day, visit or call 1-877-434-7268 to make a reservation.


A Special Breakfast and Lunch With Characters Offered To Honor Mom

TAMPA, Fla. (April 20, 2010) — She gives the best hugs and always makes everything better. She’s Mom and it’s her day! Spend breakfast or lunch with Mom at a Dine with Elmo and Friends in the new Sesame Street Safari of Fun at Busch Gardens on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9. Breakfast is offered from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Your family will enjoy delicious food served buffet-style, character meet and greets with the lovable Sesame Street characters, family together time and a special treat for Mom. Both breakfast and lunch menus include items sure to please both parents and kids alike. One 6x8 photo with Mom, kids and your Sesame Street friends is included per family. Breakfast is $18 for adults and $15 for children. Lunch is $23 adults and $17 for children. Passmembers receive a 10 percent discount. Admission to the park is not included, but is required.

To make your family’s reservation, visit and click on Dine With Elmo to book the May 9 dine, or call 1-888-800-5447.

After filling up on hugs from characters and awesome food, enjoy family time playing together in Busch Gardens’ new Sesame Street Safari of Fun. The all-new, Sesame Street-themed sunny, funny play land premiered March 27 and is filled with kid-size rides, cool water fun, memorable adventures and shows that celebrate the spirit of Africa. Take a dive on Air Grover, the new junior coaster for parents and kids to ride together. Splash in Bert & Ernie’s Watering Hole, a wet adventure filled with bubblers, geysers, jets, dumping buckets and more. A photography studio offers photos with characters daily, and a musical stage show brings safari tales to life.

Busch Gardens has fun for the whole family to enjoy all day. With thrilling rides, award-winning shows and exotic up-close animal encounters, Busch Gardens provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age.

New Series at the Museum!

Be on the lookout for paparazzi! We are pleased to announce a new addition to our programming: The Red Carpet Club. This film club will meet every other month, starting Thursday, April 22.

Here’s how we got the idea:

· One of the first things you see when you enter the museum is our beautiful theatre.

· There are many films with Indiana connections. (Hoosiers, Breaking Away, A Christmas Story, and any James Dean or Carole Lombard film, etc!)

· We are lucky enough to have John Corso as a member of our board of directors. John was an Art Director at Universal Studios; the list of films he worked on is impressive to say the least! He is a voting member of the Academy, which means he votes for who receives the Oscars.

Put all that together and we decided to kick off our club with a screening of Coal Miner’s Daughter, for which John was nominated for an Academy Award! The Indiana connection? The movie is the story of Loretta Lynn’s life. Loretta’s sister, Crystal Gayle, grew up in Wabash. In fact, Loretta herself lived in Wabash briefly.

The event will take place at the Museum TOMORROW and the film will begin at 6 p.m. John will share some of his experiences working on the film and will take questions after the movie.

Admission is $5 per person, and reservations are strongly recommended due to limited seating. Call 260.563.9070 for more information and to make your reservation for this inaugural meeting of The Red Carpet Club.


Text messages send valuable information directly to guests during theme park visit

TAMPA, FL (April 21, 2010) -- Busch Gardens Tampa Bay recently debuted an in-park text messaging campaign sure to help guests make the most of a visit to the park.

The messages provide coaster wait times, fun-for-the-family scavenger hunts, valuable promotional offers for food and gifts and did-you-know facts about the park’s “hidden gems.”

“The feedback from our guests has been incredible -- they love this level of service and how it enhances their park experience,” said Jim Dean, executive vice president and general manager of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “With text messaging, it’s very natural for our guests to get park updates during their visit. On a moment’s notice, we can let them know about wait times on the coasters or even take them on a scavenger hunt.”

At the park’s front gate, guests receive instructions on opting in to the service and it’s nothing more complicated than texting a keyword to an SMS number. Within minutes, guests will receive updates directly to their mobile device. They’re automatically unsubscribed from the service after 12 hours and can opt-out at any time.

“My favorite is the quiz we have for Sesame Street Safari of Fun, our new attraction,” said Dean. “Parents and kids are having a great time with it. We text trivia questions about Safari of Fun, things to notice and spot. Parents and kids need to keep their eyes open – they never know what we’ll ask!”

Stay up-to-date on the parks at


Extended Lineup Includes Top Names In Contemporary Christian And Christian Rock

TAMPA, Fla. (April, 2010) — Busch Gardens Tampa Bay presents the biggest names in contemporary Christian, gospel and Christian rock music select Saturdays in May. Glory at the Gardens is a jam-packed festival of music and fellowship on May 1, 8 and 15.

These top Christian acts will perform in Busch Gardens’ Gwazi Park beginning at 4 p.m. each day. The festival kicks off May 1 with Dove award-nominee Matthew West as well as Brandon Heath, who won the 2009 Dove Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year, and Jonny Diaz. Grammy-nominated group Skillet and Building 429 rock Busch Gardens on May 8. On May 15, Grammy and Dove winner Kirk Franklin - who is credited with being the leader of urban contemporary gospel – and 2010 Grammy nominee and former American Idol finalist Mandisa wrap up the series.

For guests looking for the perfect way to attend all Glory at the Gardens concerts at a great value, Florida residents can “Pay For LESS Than A Day” and come back all year for free with a 2010 Fun Card. For the cost of less than one day’s admission (when you buy online), guests can catch all the top acts during Glory at the Gardens, plus experience all the amazing animal encounters, world-class thrill rides, exciting entertainment and family adventure the parks offer with no blackout dates through Dec. 31, 2010.

Event dates, times and artists are subject to change and/or cancellations without notice. Please visit for concert schedule. Performances are included with any daily admission or annual pass.


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 19, 2010) – A competition of steady hands and artistic engineering returns to Busch Gardens this summer for the 2nd annual “Pretzel Coaster Build-Off Contest” with Snyder’s of Hanover.

In the competition’s second year, people around the country are invited to build a roller coaster model out of Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels and submit pictures of their pretzel-coaster creations to Entries must be submitted before June 15. The builders of the five best creations will win a family trip to Busch Gardens in Virginia for the final round of competition. Working with only glue guns and an unlimited number of pretzels, the final-round participants will compete against each other and the clock by building a replica of the theme park’s floorless dive coaster, Griffon.

Last year’s winner, 22-year-old Gregory Stanton from Maryland, will return to defend his title. Last year, his pretzel replica of the park’s hypercoaster, Apollo’s Chariot, earned praise from judges for its detail, accuracy and overall presentation.

The winner of the in-park competition on July 15 will be awarded a four pack of two-year, 2-Park passes for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, and a year’s supply of Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels. The estimated retail value of the grand prize is more than $1,200. For full contest rules, visit

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Offers Free Admission For Stranded Travelers

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is offering free one-day admission to any United Kingdom, Irish or Continental European tourists stranded in Florida due to the interruption in international air travel caused by Icelandic volcanic ash.

The offer is valid starting Saturday, April 17, 2010 at SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica in Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Stranded tourists must present to the parks' front gate Guest Services window a valid return airline ticket from Wednesday, April 14, 2010 through Wednesday, April 21, 2010 or until normal flight schedules resume.

One ticket will be offered at each park for each return flight ticket presented. Children under age 3 are free.

Further information is available by calling 1-888-800-5447.

Summer Camps at Fairytale Town

FunCamps at Fairytale Town offer Art, Theatre, Music, Singing and Barnyard Animal Fun
Registration now open for FunCamps June - August

Whether your child is a budding artist or an aspiring star, Fairytale Town FunCamps offer week-long fun beginning in June.

Fairytale Town's annual line-up of FunCamps are a week-long, daytime programs geared towards children ages 4 - 12 years old. Children can participate a variety of subject areas in visual and hands-on art production, theatre and stage for aspiring musicians, singers, actors, and a one-of-a-kind program for learning about Fairytale Town's friendly farm animals.

Help your budding artist bloom. Fairytale Town offers a set of camps geared towards visual and hands-on art production.

Once Upon A Puppet - Children will create a new puppet each day based on Fairytale Town's themed play sets, while learning the art of puppet storytelling.

Comic Art Basics with Mr. Lee - Learn the art of comic book storytelling, and develop super characters.

Art with Andy - Use printmaking techniques, beginning drawing and design to create your own art portfolio.

Let's Make Art - Explore texture, water colors, and prints to learn about art and different art techniques.

Let your rising star soar with an introduction to theatre and stage for aspiring young actors, musicians, and singers.

DramaRama - The essentials of theatre art education, children learn through a series of games exercises and storytelling experiments.

Mr. Sean's School of Rock - Explore modern rock music, its genres and the instruments used in their production.

Sing-A-Long with Dana - Learn to sing, read music, and identify musical notes.

The most popular FunCamp at Fairytale Town is a one-of-a-kind animal husbandry program, where youngsters become Junior Farmers for the week.

Farmer Brown's Junior Farmers - Help Farmer Brown with his daily chores while learning about different breads and types of animals in his barn at Fairytale Town.

Fairytale Town's summer FunCamps are a unique way to expand your children's minds and experiences, while beating summer boredom. For a complete description of FunCamps and registration, visit our website at

FunCamp Program Listing
Dates, Ages Groups, Times, Fees

Theatre & Stage

Drama Rama: June 14-18 & August 16-20
Ages 6-12; 1PM-4PM; Fee: $100 member/$135nonmember

Mr. Sean's School of Rock:June 21-25 & July 26-30
Ages: 6-12; 1PM-4PM; Fee:$100 member/$135 nonmember

Sing-A-Long with Dana: July 12-16 & August 9-13
Ages: 6-12; 1PM-4PM; Fee: $100 member/$135 nonmember

Visual & Hands-on Art

Once Upon A Puppet: June 28-July 2 & July 26-30
Ages: 4-6; 9AM-12PM; Fee: $95 member/$130 nonmember

Comic Art Basics with Mr. Lee: June 28-July 2
Ages: 6-12; 1PM-4PM; Fee: $95 members/$130 nonmember

Art with Andy: July 19-23; Ages: 4-6
9AM-12PM; Fee: $95 member/$130 nonmember

August 2-6; Ages 6-12
1PM-4PM; Fee: $95 member/$130 nonmember

Let's Make Art:August 2-6 & August 9-13
Ages: 4-6; 9AM-12PM; Fee: $95 member/$130 nonmember

Animal Husbandry

Farmer Brown's Junior Farms:June 21-25 & July 12-16
Ages: 4-6; 9AM-12PM
Fee: $95 members/$130nonmembers


The endangered mountain yellow-legged frog took a major step in its recovery this week when, for the first time, scientists reintroduce its eggs to its former habitat. This reintroduction occurred at University of California Riverside's James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve, part of the University of California Natural Reserve System. The reintroduction was done in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research.

Once common throughout much of Southern California, the mountain yellow-legged frog has been decreasing in numbers since the 1970s due to what scientists call "the perfect storm" that is affecting frog populations around the globe -- decreasing habitat, increasing pollution, invasive species, the spread of the deadly chytrid fungus and the effects of climate change. Today, only a small wild population of less than 200 individuals can be found in the San Gabriel, San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains.

In 2006, scientists collected mountain yellow-legged frog tadpoles from the remaining wild populations in the San Jacinto Mountains and took them to the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research where, for the first time, specialists were able to establish a captive breeding program for the species. This year's reproductive season at the Zoo has been so successful that scientists decided to attempt a reintroduction into the wild.

There are 61 mountain yellow-legged frogs at the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research. Scientists attempted to spur breeding in January by putting half of that population into a cooler that mimicked high mountain winter conditions. The chill caused the frogs to hibernate. About two weeks ago, the frogs were taken out of the coolers and began displaying breeding behaviors within a few days.

"Three months ago the San Diego Zoo started an experimental procedure of chilling these frogs to see how it would affect breeding. It has been wildly successful and as a result we could reintroduce about 500 eggs into the San Jacinto Mountains," said Jeff Lemm, research coordinator for the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research. "This is a momentous day - the first reintroduction of these endangered frog eggs ever back into their natural habitat and the San Diego Zoo is thrilled to be a part of it."

The James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve was selected for this reintroduction because it is a protected area with ideal habitats in the species' former range.

The mountain yellow-legged frog is one of three Southern California frog or toad species on the federal endangered species list. Biologists from the USGS will be responsible for the initial phase of the reintroduction and will be releasing egg masses into deep permanent pools, followed by the additional release of tadpoles later in the year. They will then closely monitor the health and success of the reintroduction. It will take two years for the tadpoles to morph into adults, and as they are not a migratory species, the frogs will stay in the creek within the bounds of the protected reserve where they can be easily monitored.

"This is an amazing first step in the recovery program for this wonderful frog, and we are looking forward to having the frogs here for a long time to come," said Becca Fenwick, director of the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve.

**The James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve is one of 36 University of California-run reserves throughout the state protecting over 135,000 acres. The Natural Reserve System was established in 1965 to protect and make available natural lands for research, university-level instruction and public outreach. The system of reserves broadly represents California's rich ecological diversity, provides protected locations for long-term study and opportunities for outdoor education. The NRS is the largest university-operated system of natural reserves in the world. For more information on the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve, or the NRS contact Becca Fenwick or visit

**USGS provides science for a changing world. For more information, visit

**The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit

**The San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research is dedicated to generating, sharing and applying scientific knowledge vital to the conservation of animals, plants and habitats worldwide. The work of the Institute includes onsite research efforts at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, laboratory work the at Arnold and Beckman Center for Conservation Research, and international field programs involving more than 180 researchers working in 35 countries. In addition to the Beckman Center for Conservation Research, the Institute also operates the Anne and Kenneth Griffin Reptile Conservation Center, the Botanical Conservation Center, the Keauhou and Maui Hawaiian Bird Conservation Centers and the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center. The Zoo also manages the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, which includes a 900-acre native species reserve, and the San Diego Zoo. The important conservation and science work of the entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.

Six Flags Great America & Goodwill Team Up for Opening Weekend

Gurnee, Ill. (April 15, 2010) – Six Flags Great America teams up with Goodwill Industries to kick off the 2010 season.

Bring a bag of gently-used clothing to Six Flags Great America opening weekend, April 24 and 25, and receive a buy one admission ticket, get one free. Plus get BOGO deals around the park on select treats and games, including the all-new MagiQuest. Donations will be sold in Goodwill Stores where the revenues fund training, employment and supportive services for people with disabilities or disadvantages.

Opening April 24 - MagiQuest is a live-action interactive game developed to bring families together and move children from the couch to physical play. Players immerse into a 10,000 square foot fantasyland powered by a “magical” wand.

The wireless remote technology unlocks more than 80 special effects allowing players to navigate through the levels of the game in their quest to defeat the Dragon and save the Princess.

Six Flags Great America is located between Chicago and Milwaukee and offers fun for the entire family with 14 heart pounding roller coasters, a free 15-acre water park, spectacular shows and three children’s themed areas. Also new in 2010, the Little Dipper, a historic wooden roller coaster formerly of Kiddieland Amusement Park and Glow in the Park Parade, a new nighttime illuminated parade with Cirque Du Soleil-style music and more than 60 performers.

The Wizard of Oz - On the Big Screen at Fairytale Town

Movie Night - Saturday, May 15, 2010

Gates Open at 7:00 PM

Get free movie tickets and support Fairytale Town's Yellow Brick Road

Lions, Tigers, and Bears, On the BIG SCREEN, Oh My! Fairytale Town will be hosting its first ever movie night, presenting the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz on May 15 at 7PM.

Movie goers will be treated to an outdoor canopy of trees and stars. Gates open at 7 PM and the movie begins at 8:15 PM. Tickets are $5 each and Fairytale Town members receive a two-for-one discount. Children 2 and under are free. Seating will be festival style lawn seating and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Four Free tickets are being offered now through May 15, when you purchase a commemorative brick on Fairytale Town's Yellow Brick Road. Movie tickets and bricks can be purchased online at

"Many youngsters have only seen The Wizard of Ozon television," said Kathy Fleming, Fairytale Town Executive Director. "Fairytale Town aims to provide unique family experiences, and seeing a classic movie on the big screen, in a beautiful setting is magical."

Fairytale Town is presenting this iconic movie in part to help promote its new play set and fund raising project, The Yellow Brick Road, which leads to the facility's main gates. Fairytale Town's Yellow Brick Road is a unique landmark that aims to replicate the famous Yellow Brick Road traveled by Dorothy and her companions to the Emerald City in L. Frank Baum's classic book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Fairytale Town's golden pathway already contains thousands of commemorative bricks purchased by community members, young and old, to immortalize their special dates, events and memories.

The Yellow Brick Road Project is currently in its final phase, and Fairytale Town is encouraging interested individuals and groups to "Get a Brick" before the project is completed. Commemorative bricks are on sale for $100 each. For more information on the Yellow Brick Road Project visit

Event Details

What: Fairytale Town Movie Night - The Wizard of Oz

When: Saturday, May 15, 2010

Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822

Cost: Tickets are $5 each. Members receive a two-for-one discount.

Children 2 and under are admitted free

Contact Phone: 916-808-7462

Contact e-mail:



Wild Animal Park to Celebrate Elephants in a Summer Festival

The San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park has another 268-pound reason to celebrate: the second birth of an African elephant this year. A third elephant is due in late spring.

The unnamed male calf was born on Thursday to 20-year-old Swazi. A male calf born two months ago, on Valentine's Day, was recently bestowed a very fitting name: Lutsandvo (loot-sund-vor), or "love" in the SiSwati language.

The elephant herd has nearly doubled its size since the eight adults were rescued from the Kingdom of Swaziland, a small southern African country, where they faced being killed because elephant overpopulation was destroying its habitat. The herd has successfully given birth to seven calves since the adults arrived at the Wild Animal Park in 2003.

This summer the Park is celebrating the success of the herd by embracing the spirit of Africa. Join zookeepers daily at 11 a.m. to watch the elephants search their 3-acre habitat seeking goodies hidden in the grass, trees or rocks. New activities are planned throughout the Park as well as a new animal show during African Festival, running June 19 through September 6.

The San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park are committed to elephant conservation by educating visitors to both parks and by conducting elephant studies on nutrition, daily walking distance, growth and development and bioacoustic communication. In Africa, the Zoo has a researcher studying human-elephant conflicts as well as habitat range and use. In 2004, the Zoo committed to contributing $30,000 yearly to Swaziland's Big Game Parks though 2014 to fund programs like anti-poaching patrols, improved infrastructure and the purchase of additional acreage for the Big Game Parks. In addition, the Zoo supports other elephant conservation projects through donations to the International Elephant Foundation, an organization that funds these types of projects around the world.

The average gestation period for African elephants is 649 days or 22 months. A newborn calf is about two feet tall and averages 200 to 250 pounds. Calves can be weaned at 2 to 3 years old.

An adult African elephant is larger than its cousin, the Asian elephant. A male African elephant weighs 7 to 8 tons and can stand about 10.5 feet tall at the shoulders; a female can weigh approximately four tons and stand 8.2 feet at the shoulders.

The young calf is 1.5 feet tall. He is dwarfed by the size of the other elephants, but they are very careful around him. The calf was even seen nursing from his aunties. The older calves spend time following him, touching him and trying to coax him to play. He is not yet big enough to play with the others but at 268 pounds he is the largest calf born to this herd and will catch up in size very quickly.

The 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park is operated by the not-for-profit San Diego Zoo and includes a 900-acre native species reserve. The San Diego Zoo focuses on the conservation of endangered species and their habitats, engages in conservation and research work around the globe, educates millions of individuals a year about wildlife, and maintains accredited horticultural, animal, library and photo collections. The Zoo also manages the San Diego Zoo's Beckman Center for Conservation Research. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. − Worlds of Fun opens this weekend! Celebrate the return of Kansas City’s Amusement Park with a variety of activities and special offers to kick off the park’s 38th season.

The opening weekend begins as the sun sets on Friday, April 16, with the park’s first ever Opening Day Campout. The Worlds of Fun front gate area will be home to tents, sleeping bags, blankets, and fans ready to countdown the hours until the park opens for 2010. Worlds of Fun staff members will be on hand to provide the fun with prize drawings, snacks, and trivia contests. The all-nighters will be rewarded by the park with huge perks including $9.99 admission, a private ride session on Prowler, the “World’s Best New Attraction”, free food, and fun activities.

For those that prefer a good night’s sleep, prepare for the 2010 season now by purchasing a season pass at a reduced price. Through Friday, Worlds of Fun Gold Season Passes, a whole season of Worlds of Fun, Oceans of Fun, and free parking, are on sale for only $99. Those taking advantage of a season pass can bring up to four friends for only $9.99 on Opening Day, a savings of $31 per ticket.

Later this season, a breathtaking display of lights will entertain guests during the evening with the addition of Snoopy’s Hot Summer Lights, new for 2010. Featuring over 2 million LED lights, this immersive light and sound experience stars everyone’s favorite PEANUTS characters and their summertime adventures, creating a perfect backdrop for family photos and video. Snoopy’s Hot Summer Lights will debut Friday, June 4, 2010, and will run through September 5, 2010.

Other improvements in 2010 include new special events as Worlds of Fun teams up with Rockband and Great American Barbeque, new food offerings including refillable popcorn and cotton candy, and expansion of Halloween Haunt in the fall.

Worlds of Fun opens for the 2010 season on Saturday, April 17, and the park is open weekends only through May 9, 2010. For a complete calendar and list of events, please visit

Orlando’s Coolest Beach Just Got Hotter

Aquatica opens the all-new Omaka Rocka waterslide and rolls out an after-2 p.m. unlimited admission pass

ORLANDO, FL – What’s new at Aquatica, Orlando’s can’t-miss waterpark?

It’s Omaka Rocka -- an all-new waterslide with unique thrills, high-speed tubes and half-pipe funnels that’ll have everyone splashing and sliding frontward, backward and climbing the walls – and a new after-2 p.m. pass good for unlimited admission through the rest of the year.

Omaka Rocka is a waterslide taste of half-pipe, near-vertical thrills previously experienced only by daring skateboarders and snowboarders. Riders speed down flumes into massive funnels, sliding high up one side and then the other, rocking back and forth, feeling a sensation of near weightlessness. Coming out of the funnel, they’ll skim into a drenching splashdown and then find themselves wanting to do it all over again.

Aquatica’s After 2 p.m. Pass means unlimited Aquatica thrills and fun and no black out dates for the rest of 2010, all for $49.95, adult and kids – only slightly more than a day’s admission. There’s no better way to hit Orlando's coolest beach – and rock the all-new Omaka Rocka – again and again, all year long. The After 2 p.m. Pass is perfect for weekend play with the family or during the week with friends.

Aquatica is a one-of-a-kind waterpark that could only come from SeaWorld. Inspired by a whimsical take on the South Seas, Aquatica immerses guests in the playfulness of the sea, taking them in, over and under the water with the world’s most unique water rides and animal encounters. Aquatica mixes animal experiences, waters from serene to extreme, high speed waterslide thrills and wide, sandy beaches to create a day of non-stop fun.

To learn more about Aquatica, Omaka Rocka or to buy an After 2 p.m. Pass, visit

Please note: Omaka Rocka's requirements are minimum 48" tall and under 250 lbs (114 kg)

Bay Area Bash 2010

Do you like theme parks and roller coasters?

Hate waiting in lines?

Join Theme Park Review for Bay Area Bash on Saturday, May 15th at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Sunday, May 16th at California's Great America!

Register for Bay Area Bash 2010 here:

This is a "VIP" Theme Park and Roller Coaster fan event where you will get:

- "Exclusive Ride Time" on several major attractions including: Medusa, Tony Hawk, Roar, V2, Flight Deck (Top Gun), Vortex, Drop Tower, and Survivor!

- "Exclusive Ride Time" means the rides are open just for our one else. NO WAITING IN LINES!

- Lunch will be included on both days

- VIP experience enhanced with "Backstage Tours" at both parks

- "Animal Encounters" get you up close and personal with some of Discovery Kingdom's animal stars!

- Event T-Shirt included!

- The Return of the "Tony Hawk Water Challenge!"

- There will be games, fun, and lots of other great activities you won't want to miss.

Bay Area Bash Dates:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom - Saturday May 15th, 2010

California's Great America - Sunday May 16th, 2010

Event Pricing:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom:

$40 - Season Pass & Non-Season Pass Price

California's Great America:

$30 - Season Pass Holder

$52 - Non-Season Pass Holder

Take the PARTY BUS to Bay Area Bash!

Travel in style with fellow theme park fans from So Cal to Nor Cal to both events and make a weekend out of it!

$375 for the TPR Party Bus Includes:

- All ground transportation

- Admission to both events (SFDK & CGA)

- Hotel stay for two nights


- Dinner included on Friday Night

- Breakfast and Lunch included on Saturday and Sunday

- Snacks, drinks, fun, fun, fun!


Download the event flyer for Party Bus and event details:

See you at this years Bay Area Bash!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Art Benefit Show at Knott's Resort Hotel Raises More Than $3,700.00 for Sandy Graham!

On the evening of Sunday, April 25th, 2010, an art show was held at the Knott's Resort Hotel in Buena Park, to benefit Halloween Haunt icon Sandy Graham, who has recently undergone major surgery to remove cancer from her body.

Sandy has been part of the Knott's Halloween Haunt family for decades, wearing many hats, but most notably, as the Vampire Queen in just about every vamp maze that's existed at Knott's Scary Farm.

To assist Sandy and her family cope with the massive medical bills and costs that will come from caring for her at home once she is released this Wednesday, April 28th, friends worked quickly and in concert with Knott's Berry Farm to set up a benefit art show, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Queen.

There were all types of things for sale - from photographs and paintings to original concept art and Halloween Haunt items signed by Knott's designers. Artwork ranged from gorgeous to truly bizarre - there was definitely something for everyone... although this was a unique group to begin with!

Many members of the Knott's Halloween Haunt team were present - from monsters to managers, and many fans were there, as well as several Theme Park Adventure readers, which we loved to see. The support was fantastic.

Sandy's sister, Tawnda, brought a special item to be added to the show - a small plaster puppy that Sandy had painted earlier in the week during one of her art therapy rehabilitation classes. Sandy thought Tawnda was nuts for wanting to try and sell it at the show - she told her that it would probably sell for $.75 cents. Much to Sandy's shock (Tawnda said her face was priceless when she told her), the puppy went for $75 dollars - to Theme Park Adventure's very own Shea Foley!

The event lasted for three hours, from 6pm - 9pm, and the entire time, the room was buzzing with activity, but not so much activity that Host of Seraphim (one of the long-time tracks used at Haunt in the vampire mazes) couldn't be heard over the sound system.

It was a tremendous evening of love, laughter and friends supporting one of their own. The only thing missing was Sandy herself - but she was there in spirit, living in each of our hearts, in every piece of art, and in every smile, hug and kiss exchanged throughout the night.

Some of the items that were not sold will be put online by the artists and Theme Park Adventure will be more than ready to pass that information along to you all as it becomes available.

In addition to this event, there will be future gatherings and benefits for Sandy, as her battle has just begun - all of us are dedicated to being right there at her side and ready to help until this is all a distant memory. She is an amazing person, and it is our honor to help rally people to raise Sandy up and support her in all ways.

A huge kudos goes out to Tamara Lujan and her crew for working so hard to make this event happen. As a result of their labor and love, Sandy is receiving $3,785.29 from this event. It doesn't matter if you came and simply donated at the door and looked around, or if you came and spent hundreds - every little bit helped, and the outcome is absolutely beautiful. The point is, if you made the effort to come out last night, you did your part - and Sandy absolutely benefited from everyone's love and support.

Thank each and every person that came to the show - it was wonderful seeing so many familiar faces and meeting new ones. Below is a long chain of images from last night - just a glimpse of the love that was shown to our beloved Sandy. We cannot wait for the next benefit gathering - we'll be there, and we hope all of you will be, too.