The National Zoo (Smithsonian National Zoological Park) is celebrating Halloween with the “Night of the Living Zoo” on October 30th from 8 p.m. until midnight. Enjoy the park and see the animal exhibits while dressing up in costume (prizes will be given for best group costume; 2 or more people) and enjoying such treats as palm readers, fire eaters, talking bats, and illusionists. There will also be a live performance by the musical band Soulive (featuring Shady Horns with special guest Nigel Hall). Food and beverages (event is sponsored by Magic Hat Brewing Company) will be available. It is a 21 or older event and, unfortunately, tickets have already sold out.
The Gulf Branch Nature Center in Arlington, VA is a beautiful park to visit. It is staffed with friendly and knowledgable people who provide environmental education programs for all ages and small groups. It features exhibits, a small classroom, a children’s discovery room, a live-animal exhibit room, a restored cabin, and a pond. It also has public restrooms and is wheelchair accessible.
Located at 3608 N. Military Road, the Gulf Branch Nature Center is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as Sunday 1 to 5 p.m (closed Monday and Tuesday).
A few examples of upcoming events are the Coyote Campfire (mmm…smores!), the Animals’ Thanksgiving (animals are thankful too), and the traditional Fall Hunt (followed by venison stew…if you’re lucky).