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Bronx Zoo Animal Tales Extravaganza: Curious George & Yo Gabba Gabba!

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We LOVE our zoo’s and local aquarium here in New York City. There is NOTHING like a family day out for fun and excitement at the Bronx Zoo or New York Aquarium in Coney Island. Luckily, I am close enough to reach all of the Wildlife Conservation Society locations within a few minutes! Visiting the zoo’s and aquarium our son has become a regular outing for our family. The memories will truly last a lifetime and my son always seems to have a fantastic time no matter what! 

I am VERY excited to announce that MamaNYC will be working very hard to share events, attractions, and our families experiences as an ambassador for the Wildlife Conservation Society here in New York! This is truly a dream come true for our family and I will definitely be taking advantage of this opportunity to bring all of you the highlights and photos of our visits all year long! We are now proud Wildlife Conservation Society membership holders!

Today I want to discuss the upcoming events and fun coming at the Bronx Zoo over the next few weeks. Skim down this post if you’d like to skip to the Animal Tales Extravaganza. Firstly, I am going to explain just how fantastic the experiences can be for your family through the WildLife Conservation Society zoo’s and aquarium. Thereafter, I hope you will take advantage of 20% OFF sale going on right now in order to SAVE on the purchase of your families admission to the parks! *Sale valid only for tickets purchased online.

There are five different zoo/aquarium locations under the New York City Wildlife Conservation Society:

  1. New York Aquarium (Coney Island, NY)New York Aquarium Wildlife Conservation Society NYC
  2. Bronx Zoo (Bronx, NY)
  3. Queens Zoo (Corona, NY)
  4. Prospect Park Zoo (Brooklyn, NY)
  5. Central Park Zoo (Manhattan, NY)

Each of these zoo’s offers something that the others don’t; I love how each of the zoo’s in the WCS is unique in its own way. Plus, I can never get enough of the New York Aquarium in Coney Island! We love everything there is to offer and each trip is a blast!

 No, I don’t think you’ve "seen it all" after visiting one of them! There is something special and different about each park experience and it is up to your family to decide which attraction is your favorite inside of each zoo! 

Without further adieu… here is a schedule of events for the upcoming Animal Tales Extravaganza at the Bronx Zoo! 

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Animal Tales Extravaganza returns to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo for a third year and included with your zoo admission! This years extravaganza kickoff will be on Saturday, April 21 and run through Sunday, June 30. 

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Each weekend of Animal Tales Extravaganza includes an array of activities for families and children. The zoo’s Dancing Crane Pavilion will be transformed into an intimate story time corner, presented by Plum Organics.

Zoo-goers can take a break and read from a wide variety of animal-themed books from Simon & Schuster, Candlewick Press, and Hyperion. Children can then stage their own animal tale with a puppet they create at the Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschools crafts area. 

Avenue ZOO: Special production featuring a guest appearance by Kate Monster, the beloved puppet star of the Tony Award-winning musical AVENUE Q!

Running each weekend on the zoo’s Asia Plaza Stage, Avenue ZOO highlights the importance of wildlife conservation in a fun, entertaining way. It is a musical tale in which Kate Monster meets exotic animals and discovers that though they may seem strange and different, they are not as scary as she thought!

* SCHEDULE: 12:30 2:30 p.m; Every weekend from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, September 9.  

MAINSTAGE EVENTS:  The summer lineup is jam packed with exciting events and all of your favorite stars from hit cartoons such as Curious George, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Marvel’s Avengers, and the infamous Spider-Man! Here is a sneak peak at the schedule and everyone you can meet at the Bronx Zoo in the next 6-8 weekends coming up!

 April 21st and April 22nd   

This opening weekend kicks off with a Meet & Greet with Yo Gabba Gabba! and Storybook Fun with Curious George!

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April 21 & 22   

Storybook Fun with Curious George: Enjoy a high-energy, interactive live performance featuring songs, games, storybook readings, fun dances and lots of audience participation with one of today’s most popular storybook characters!  

11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm;  Adjacent to Grizzly Bears.

Meet & Greet with Yo Gabba Gabba!:  Meet Brobee, Toodee and Foofa from the rockin’. pre-school series Yo Gabba Gabba!  

 12:30pm and 2:30pm at Dancing Crane Plaza.

April 28 & 29 

Marvel’s Avengers: Heroes Saving the Earth featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and HULK; “Marvel Avengers Save the Planet will teach children and their families about the importance of “Going Green” and protecting the environment.  

Captain America, Iron Man,Thor and HULK will come together to discuss ways to conserve energy, recycle, live a green lifestyle and take actions to help protect our waters, habitats and wildlife.   

There could not be a better way to illustrate the importance of saving the environment than by having the Marvel Avengers showing families and children ways to protect the environment.   

11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm;  Adjacent to Grizzly Bears Meet & Greet Marvel’s Avengers: 12:30pm and 2:30pm at Dancing Crane Plaza

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May 5 & 6

Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego: We Did It! Meet everyone’s favorite explorers LIVE and in person as they embark upon their next exciting adventure. The “We Did It” show is a fun-filled interactive performance with lots of opportunity for audience members to sing and dance along with Dora and Diego.  

11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm; Adjacent to Grizzly Bears.

Meet & Greet Dora & Diego 12:00pm and 2:00pm at Stage

May 12 & 13 

Sportacus from Sprout’s Lazytown:  Meet Sportacus, LazyTown’s slightly-above-average hero who inspires the kids of LazyTown to be active and helps them along the way. However, Robbie Rotten, the silly resident villain, is intent on keeping LazyTown…lazy. Kids will get a chance to get active with Sportacus as he does engages the audience in interactive exercises, and then shows off some of his own gymnastic abilities!  

11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm;  Adjacent to Grizzly Bears.

Meet & Greet Sportacus 12:00pm and 2:00pm At Stage

May 19 & 20

Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve: Travel to exotic lands where kids can experience different dances that are unique to specific cultures and can rock to the beat of this urban music sensation as seen on Disney Junior.

Don’t miss the chance to sing and dance along to favorite original Choo Choo Soul songs, including “Fly Birdie Fly”, “Animal Sounds” and “Dance like a Chicken”  

11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm;  Adjacent to Grizzly Bears.

June 2

The Naked Brothers Band:  Music Unites Youth Choir of Women’s Academy of Excellence with The Naked Brothers Band – the Music Unites Youth Choir of Women’s Academy of Excellence salutes wildlife through song with Nat and Alex Wolff of Naked Brothers Band – formerly on NIckelodeon. 

12:30pm, 2:00pm

June 2 & 3

Ferdinand the Bull: A gentle bull, that prefers the aroma of wild flowers to fighting, is mistakenly chosen to face a matador after an unfortunate bee incident… and that’s just the beginning! Presented by The Children’s Theatre Company at Lehman College;  

11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm;  Adjacent to Grizzly Bears.

June 9 & 10 

Barney Sing-Along:   Barney™ Sing-Along Join in the excitement as with your favorite purple, fun-loving dinosaur, Barney, performs some of your favorite Barney & Friends songs along with high energy dancing.

11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm;  Adjacent to Grizzly Bears.

June 16 &17

Super Sprowtz: Super Sprowtz is a children’s education and entertainment media company that teaches and promotes healthy eating, fitness and sustainability through super-hero vegetable characters, books, a television series, on-line games and videos, live performances and educational products.

The Bronx Zoo performance will feature the Super Sprowtz on a mission to help the animals in the zoo and to show that even the biggest, strongest animals love their veggies and need them to be super strong!

11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm in Adjacent to Grizzly Bears

June 30

Spider-Man Takes Over The Zoo: “The Amazing Spider-Man” lands on Astor Court on Saturday, June 30th. Guests will be thrilled to see Spider-Man in action as his stunt man shows off Spider-Man’s incredible spidey-skills.   

Visitors will also be able to show off their own spider-climbing techniques with a specially installed rock wall. And learn where Spiderman learned all his superhero feats. Don’t miss a special spider-chat with WCS animal staff and learn some of the myths and truths surrounding these 8 legged creatures.  

Guests will be able to enjoy additional crafts, activities and special Spider-Man giveaways from the new movie, “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Join the fun with your favorite superhero on June 30th.    

* Hey, kids! Throw on your Spider-Man costume and receive a special discount on admission to the Bronx Zoo for this day only!

Children will enjoy meeting some of their favorite personalities at the Dancing Crane Pavilion!  Meet-and-greets are scheduled with top children’s entertainment characters including Yo Gabba Gabba; Marvel’s Avengers; Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego, Sportacus from Sprout’s Lazytown; Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie; Buddy the T-Rex from Dinosaur Train; Maisy Mouse; Olivia™ and more.

Eight-time Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken will present songs from his collection along with Music Unites Youth Choir of Women’s Academy of Excellence on Saturday, June 2nd!

Actor LeVar Burton, host of the Peabody award-winning series Reading Rainbow will make an appearance on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17 for a special storybook reading. LeVar will share his favorite tips and techniques to encourage young readers and host a special preview of the new Reading Rainbow iPad book discovery and reading application.

Stop by MamaNYC regularly for event reviews and photos, schedules and promotions going on year round!

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This offer is only valid from April 17th through May 6th with a GREAT discount on Total Experience tickets! You can always learn more and find a full listing of Animal Tales Extravaganza dates and times on the Bronx Zoo Animal Tales Extravaganza page. 

Hours, directions, ticketing information and further details can be located at, or purchase discounted Bronx Zoo tickets for 20% off (offer ends 5/6/2012),


The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, has the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe. During our 115 years, we have forged the power of our global conservation work and the management of our five parks in New York City to create the world’s most comprehensive conservation organization. We currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries; and educate millions of visitors at our five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting our planet. Our parks include: the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo.

The five New York City parks in the Wildlife Conservation System welcome 4 million visitors each year, and help the city to educate millions of schoolchildren in science and conservation issues.

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My name is Nicole Napolitano and I am a full-time professional parenting blogger and work-at-home mom of two adorable and vivacious children (boy - 6 & girl - 2.5). I decided to develop MamaNYC in 2010 shortly (1-month) after transitioning from work-a-holic Internet marketing pro to the shoes of a stay-at-home mom (bored!). As a dedicated business manager for over 9-years, I was determined and positive that I would once again be a successful business woman -- whether or not I had a diaper bag tagging along! I am a New York City native, but relocated with my husband and our two kids to sunny Los Angeles in the summer of 2014. Leaving everything behind was scary, but it's time to make new memories. My interests include web design, Internet marketing, product development and research, SEO, movies, friends, and spending time with my family.

9 thoughts on “Bronx Zoo Animal Tales Extravaganza: Curious George & Yo Gabba Gabba!

  1. Wow! This is going to signal me as the farthest thing from a new yorker but NY has more than one zoo? I didn’t know that, holy cow!

    If I ever get to be in New York CIty, I will definitely be checking out the zoos!

    1. Of course! There are MORE than these also.. these are the zoos within the WCS system. Then there are the zoo’s on Long Island, upstate New York.. oh I can’t imagine how many we have altogether!!!!


  2. I love the Bronx Zoo.. Unfortunately I haven’t visited in some years. Thanks for the detailed itinerary

  3. So much to do and see – wow! I enjoyed reading about all of the upcoming events and fun coming to the Bronx Zoo over the next few weeks + the post on the Animal Tales Extravaganza. I was surprised to read that there are five different zoo/aquarium locations at the New York City Wildlife Cons. Society….what family wouldn’t enjoy this!

  4. I worked in the Central Park Zoo Education Department for two summers in high school. The Wildlife Conservation Society is such a wonderful organization and educational institution!

  5. I had to come back and look at this report. I remembered that you had the discounted tickets site mentioned. I have only visited the Queens Zoo once and never the Prospect Park Zoo

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