On Saturday, April 29th, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo invited nearly 500 of our client children and parents for a special Family Fun Day at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors Cy and Joanne Spurlino and Florida Blue, families from several of our programs got the chance to enter one of our community’s premier institutions free of charge.

Upon arrival, each family member received a special Endangered Species Day passport from our staff volunteers. Each family also had the opportunity to get a zoo-themed portrait taken. Everyone then gathered in the zoo’s main event yard for a light breakfast and a welcome from our Executive Director, Brian McEwen, and the Zoo’s Chief Advancement Officer, Mark Haney.

After breakfast, families were free to explore the zoo. Scattered throughout the park were special Conservation Stations, where kids could learn about endangered species and conservation. At each station, families could get a stamp in their “passport”, adding an extra layer of fun to the day.

As the afternoon approached, the families regrouped at the event yard for a delicious and healthy lunch. Those who had a portrait taken also received a free printed copy of the photo. After lunch, families were free to continue exploring the zoo at their leisure.

The learning and enrichment didn’t stop when the day ended. The participating programs are now encouraging families who participated in Family Fun Day to talk about what their favorite animal from the day was, and to submit a piece of artwork, video, song or photo describing their that animal. The items will be displayed at the Norma & Joseph Robinson Library, and 4 families will be selected in a drawing to receive tickets for another trip to the zoo!

We’d like to extend our gratitude to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo for hosting our families, Cy and Joanne Spurlino and Florida Blue for sponsoring this great event, and all of our hardworking staff volunteers who came out to help make this event a success.