Buttonwood Park Zoo’s “Boo at the Zoo” Screams Family Fun in October

NEW BEDFORD, MA – Sure to be a treat for the entire family, Buttonwood Park Zoo is busy preparing for its annual “Boo at the Zoo” which starts this Friday-Sunday, October 9th-11th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and then continues the weekends of the 16th-18th and 23rd-25th and Friday the 30th.  The event, sponsored by Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB), promises to provide slightly scary fun for children of all ages.  In lieu of the former Haunted Trail, kids can climb aboard the new Spooky Safari Express train ride which will re-enter the zoo this year.  Also, enjoy a ghostly carousel ride, try to find your way out of the hay maze and get up close and personal with some creepy crawly creatures in the Land of Misunderstood Animals located inside the Wildlife Education Center.  Other popular destinations will be a mythological world in the Aquatics Building and expanded candy treat stations!  Families are encouraged to bring their own “trick or treat” bags.  All the proceeds from “Boo at the Zoo” support the Zoo’s educational and family programs.

Also new this year is Baby Boo at the Zoo, which will take place on Friday, October 30th from 10:00 a.m. – Noon.  All children are invited to enjoy a variety of fun activities, including a costume contest, a Halloween parade and a number of exciting animal encounters.

“The success of Boo at the Zoo, our major annual fundraiser, is vital to ensuring that all of our programs continue to expand so we encourage everyone to come see us this month and have fun getting a little spooked,” said Jean-Marie Doyle, Event and Volunteer Coordinator for the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society.  “In addition to our traditional Boo at the Zoo activities, we are looking forward to seeing families enjoy our new Halloween-themed rides and programming thanks in part to our major sponsor, Bristol County Savings Bank.”

“We are sponsoring Boo at the Zoo for a seventh straight year so I know I speak for our entire team of volunteers when I say we’re proud to be part of this fun Halloween tradition for local families as it goes a long way towards supporting the zoo’s annual education programs,” said Patrick Murray, President & CEO of Bristol County Savings Bank.

Admission to “Boo at the Zoo” is as follows: Members: $10 adults and $7 children; Nonmembers: $15 adults and $12 children; under age 3 is free.  For those looking to avoid the lines, Bat Passes are available at regular prices online or in the North Woods Gift Store.  Each pass is a single use, non-refundable ticket that can be used for any night of the Boo at the Zoo event.  Please be aware that attendees must print out their receipt or show their emailed receipt on a smartphone.  For more information, visit www.bpzoo.org or call (508) 991-4556 Ext. 19.  Buttonwood Park Zoo is located at 425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA 02740.

Buttonwood Park Zoo Background Information:

Buttonwood Park Zoological Society (BPZS), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1969 to support the Buttonwood Park Zoo (BPZ) so that the Zoo will be a significant contributor to the conservation of nature both at home and throughout the world.  Buttonwood Park Zoo features over 250 animals and 30 exhibits, including elephants, bison, mountain lions, bears, eagles, seals, otters and farm animals.  BPZ is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and has been called “one of the finest small zoos in the United States” by that organization.

Bristol County Savings Bank Background Information:

Bristol County Savings Bank, founded in 1846, is a full-service financial institution offering commercial lending, personal and business banking, and mortgage services.  The Bank’s Financial Advisory Services division has successfully assisted businesses, individuals and non-profits with the management of their assets since 1989.  In addition, the Bank also offers quality property and casualty insurance options for its customers through its majority-owned insurance partner, FBinsure.

The Bank’s steady growth and expansion has resulted in $1.6 billion in assets and over 400 employees in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  The key words at Bristol County Savings Bank are: “Commitment, Stability, and Community,” values that are combined with state-of-the-art technology to meet the needs of its customers.  A dedicated local community bank for over 168 years, Bristol County Savings Bank is actively involved in giving back to all the communities it serves both through financial support and the volunteerism of its people.

The Main Office and Corporate Headquarters of Bristol County Savings Bank are located on Broadway in Taunton, Massachusetts.  For additional information, please call 508-824-6626 or visit www.bristolcountysavings.com.


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