Sunday afternoon the Pyles’ had a spooky, but fun time at Brookfield Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo! What is Boo at the Zoo you may ask? When asked how to describe Boo at the Zoo two members of the Chicago Zoological Society, Nadine Mcintyre and Ken Grzeslo both had to agree that it’s a safe place for kids to wear their costume one more day, while winning prizes and getting treats and learning about science.
Brookfield Zoo has thrown this festival for kids of all ages since the 70’s and it’s getting bigger and bigger. Just this past Saturday they counted over 12,000 people that came out to enjoy the fun Fall activities including a Halloween costume parade, a corn maze, arts and crafts, and giveaways. Now the giveaways weren’t only for the kids. For the third year in a row, Brookfield Zoo teamed up with the Jamaica Tourist Board and raffled off an ALL inclusive trip for two to Jamaica with airfare! That’s right airfare! So many parents stopped by the booth to sign up for their chance to win this amazing raffle (including myself). Anyone who has seen the villas in jamaica will understand why people are so keen.
I had a chance to speak with Glen Bucknor, Jamaica Tourist Board Senior District Manager, Midwest USA and he explained to me that parents should really consider taking a family trip to Jamaica because of the guaranteed weather there while poor Chicagoans suffer through our cold brutal winter months, also because it’s more affordable than people think. He also mentioned several all inclusive hotels and resorts that focus on families and kids which I thought was pretty cool. I was completely sold. I want to visit Jamaica soon, Very soon! Read up a little more about planning a trip tp Jamaica here.
Now if you missed last weekend don’t start boo hooing (tricky word play LOL) Boo at the Zoo has one more weekend for the 2013 Fall season. Next weekend Saturday October 26th and Sunday October 27th from 11am to 4pm. Read more here.
Overall The kids enjoyed the corn maze and the steel drums playing in the background. I loved going to the different booths of the companies that helped sponsored Boo at the Zoo. Oh and I loved seeing all the different costumes. From simple to very detailed. Now, how can I forget the animals?! Dereon wanted to see the wolves and my baby sister wanted to see the kangaroos. So many choices! Afterwards My husband and I talked and laughed while the kids played at the playground inside the Zoo while my teen sister stared at her social media apps. LOL. It was a great Sunday and the weather was excellent. A Family day success=)