ABQ BioPark Military Discount

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The Albuquerque BioPark military discount gives a price break to active and non-active military personnel visiting the BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, and Botanic Garden. That’s a very good move to thank our service men and women.

The ABQ BioPark military discount on tickets was introduced during 2012, and it gives $2 off adult admission and $1 off children’s admission. The discount is valid for active and non-active personnel, although you do of course need to show your military ID.  The ABQ BioPark military discount is only for general admission, not for any special events such as the concerts at the zoo.

Albuquerque BioPark regular admission for entry into either the Zoo, or the Aquarium and Botanic Garden is:

  • New Mexico residents: $9 for adults, $4.50 for seniors 65+, $4 for kids aged 3-12, and ages 2 and under go free.  Take your New Mexico ID to get the local admission rate.
  • Visitors who are not New Mexico residents: $12.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors 65+, $4 for kids aged 3-12. And hey, they don’t discriminate against non-New Mexican kiddies. Tots ages 2 and under still go free.

A combo ticket for all BioPark locations is only available on Tuesday to Sunday mornings from 9 am to noon. That’s because if you don’t buy the combo ticket early in the day, you won’t have time to trip round all the BioPark venues anyway. The combo tickets include the fun mini-train rides between the locations.

For New Mexico residents the combo cost is $15 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for kids. For out-of-state visitors, the combo cost is $20 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for kids.

The BioPark’s Tingley Beach is always free for everyone, at 1800 Tingley Dr SW.

Albuquerque BioPark Zoo (formerly the Rio Grande Zoo) is located at 903 10th St. SW.  Albuquerque BioPark Aquarium and Botanic Garden is located at 2601 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania


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Daizy the Elephant Birthday Party

August 22, 2013 by  
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Daizy the elephant

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ABQ BioPark Zoo celebrates Daizy the elephant’s birthday, and I can’t quite believe it’s her fourth birthday already. She’s growing up so fast she’ll be off to college soon. But indeed it is her birthday, so here’s how to celebrate with her…

ABQ BioPark Zoo holds the Daizy the Elephant birthday party on Saturday August 24, 2013, and you can find out all about these rare Asian elephants and how they are being protected.  The event runs from 10 am to 2 pm, and activities are included with zoo admission.

Expect Q&A with the elephant keeper, training demonstrations, and live music from The Anslovers. The elephants will also hunt for birthday treats and devour the fruit and hay birthday cakes. (It’s an entertaining sight.) Subway restaurants will provide the cakes for the elephants and also serve up cookies for the rest of us.

I went to Daizy the elephant’s birthday party last year and loved every minute of it. The memory of dancing elephants and Rozie (Daizy’s mom) playing Wild Thing on a guitar will stay with me always.

I doubt Rozie will be strumming the guitar this year as she is pregnant and probably can’t play the rock chick. That means Daizy the elephant is expecting a new sibling any time soon. Rozie is pregnant via artificial insemination from zoo-mate elephant Samson and blood tests suggest the new baby could be a girl.  No guarantees on the gender, but start thinking about girl elephant names in case the ABQ BioPark asks for suggestions! The calf is due any time between now and November, although zoo keepers have a hunch that the calf may come in mid-September.

Crikey, it’s more exciting than the baby watch for Princess Kate and Prince William, although the princess had a much shorter  gestation period. (Kate will be grateful for that!)

The Daizy the elephant birthday event and elephant conservation day activities on August 24 are included with ABQ BioPark Zoo regular admission:

  • New Mexico residents: $9 for adults, $4.50 for seniors 65+, $4 for kids aged 3-12, and ages 2 and under go free.  Take your New Mexico ID to get the locals’ admission rate.
  • Visitors who are not New Mexico residents: $12.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors 65+, $4 for kids aged 3-12. Tots ages 2 and under still go free.
  • Military personnel (active and non-active) get $2 off adult admission and $1 off children’s admission, with your military ID.

ABQ BioPark Zoo (formerly the Rio Grande Zoo) is located at 903 10th Street SW.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Aquarium Sleep with the Sharks

March 15, 2013 by  
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ABQ BioPark Aquarium overnight events always sound great to me, although I’ve spent more time trying to avoid sharks than cozy up for the night with them.

The ABQ BioPark Aquarium sleepovers for all the family include activities such as games and crafts with supplies provided, and everyone visits the touchpool and can watch sea-themed movies in the theater. They also tell you all about the underwater critters and their night-time habits.

The next Aquarium Overnight with available spaces is on April 12, 2013.

The noctural adventure isn’t dirt cheap, but at $30 per person I think it’s a pretty good deal for such an unusual experience, and makes a great treat for kids – maybe for a birthday or other celebration. (And hey, it’s educational!) Albuquerque BioPark Society members receive a 10% discount.

Events start at 7 pm on the Friday night, and finish at 8 am on the Saturday morning – just in time to go get fish tacos or lox and bagels for breakfast :-)

Registrations must be made well in advance as space is naturally limited – which is why I’m reminding you now so you can book in good time. An adult has to attend the sleepover with any children aged under 18. (Yeah, I know. You were just thinking about your next date night or wedding anniversary celebration and thinking “Geeze, 30 bucks overnight is cheaper than a baby-sitter!” Sorry, it doesn’t work like that.)

The next ABQ BioPark Aquarium Overnight events for 2013 are:

  • April 12 – 13
  • May 17 – 18
  • August 23 – 24
  • September 20 – 21

You can reserve online at the link above, or for all the details and to book a space call (505) 848-7180.

And let’s hope the sharks don’t snore…

Albuquerque BioPark Aquarium is located at 2601 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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ABQ BioPark Valentine Tours

February 6, 2013 by  
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They’re clever people over at the Albuquerque BioPark, thinking up these three Valentine tours for adults only. Let the love fest begin with Love Bugs, Birds and the Beasts, and That’s A Moray tours for ages 18+ only.

All tours take place on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at various times. Tickets are $5 on top of the regular BioPark admission. Remember to take your New Mexico ID, as NM residents get a discount. You’ll pay $9 for regular admission or $15 for a combo ticket if you want to attend tours at more than one BioPark venue. Non-residents pay $12.50, or $20 for a combo ticket.

The ABQ BioPark Valentine tours are only for ages 18+ and reservations are required either online at the link or call (505) 848-7180.  They’re open to couples (of course) but also to singles, if you are interested in the love affairs of critters. Or maybe you’ll find a love affair of your own while you’re there, with another single on the tour…

  • That’s A Moray at the Aquarium at 10 am:  Clever pun, although I had to read it several times before I got the joke… try saying it out loud! The Aquarium’s Curator of Fishes shows what you’re missing underwater, with fish singing love songs, transgendered critters, and how male seahorses become pregnant. (I bet they make more fuss about it than females of any species do.)
  • Love Bugs at the Botanic Garden at noon: Entomologist Dr. Ralph Charlton takes you behind the scenes to explain how insects and arachnids reproduce, and the dramatic love life of all kinds of crawlies I’d frankly rather avoid. But then love is strange, isn’t it?
  • Birds and the Beasts at the Zoo at 2 pm: a tour with a zoo expert to explore the romantic life and exotic mating habits of condors, cranes, lions and frogs. (Note to singles: If a frog asks you to kiss it, promising to turn into a gorgeous  prince or princess, don’t pucker up. The fact that you’ve found a talking frog is miracle enough. )

The price to join the Valentine tours this year is a bit higher than last year. But hey, Valentine’s Day comes only once a year. Thank heavens.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Aquarium Sleep with the Sharks

December 20, 2012 by  
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ABQ BioPark Aquarium overnight events always sound great to me, although I’ve spent more time trying to avoid sharks than cozy up for the night with them.

The ABQ BioPark Aquarium sleepovers for all the family include activities such as games and crafts with supplies provided, and everyone visits the touchpool and can watch sea-themed movies in the theater. They also tell you all about the underwater critters and their night-time habits.

The next Aquarium Overnight is on January 18, 2013.

The noctural adventure isn’t dirt cheap, but at $30 per person I think it’s a pretty good deal for such an unusual experience, and makes a great treat for kids – maybe for a birthday or other celebration. (And hey, it’s educational!)

Events start at 7 pm on the Friday night, and finish at 8 am on the Saturday morning – just in time to go get fish tacos or lox and bagels for breakfast :-)

Registrations must be made well in advance as space is naturally limited – which is why I’m reminding you now so you can book in good time. An adult has to attend the sleepover with any children aged under 18. (Yeah, I know. You were just thinking about your next date night or wedding anniversary celebration and thinking “Geeze, 30 bucks overnight is cheaper than a baby-sitter!” Sorry, it doesn’t work like that.)

The next ABQ BioPark Aquarium Overnight events for the new year are:

  • January 18 – 19, 2013
  • February 22 – 23, 2013
  • March 22 – 23, 2013
  • April 12 – 13, 2013

For all the details and to book a space call (505) 848-7180.

And let’s hope the sharks don’t snore…

Albuquerque BioPark Aquarium is located at 2601 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Daizy the Elephant Birthday Party

August 22, 2012 by  
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ABQ BioPark Zoo celebrates Daizy the elephant’s birthday, and I can’t quite believe it’s her third birthday already. She’s growing up so fast she’ll be off to college soon. But indeed it is her birthday, so here’s how to celebrate with her…

ABQ BioPark Zoo holds the Daizy the Elephant birthday party on Saturday August 25, 2012, and you can find out all about these rare Asian elephants too, and how they are being protected.  The event runs from 10 am to 2 pm, and activities are included with zoo admission.

There seems to be a lot of singing and dancing going on, by the elephants as well as by the humans. I’m tempted to go to the zoo just to witness that spectacle.  They’re also holding a Public Art Scavenger Hunt in the zoo on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

The day’s events include:

  • 10 am: Kick off with storytime, discovery stations and Girl Scout Daizy patch challenges.
  • 10:30 am: Questions and answers with the zookeeper.
  • 11 am:  Dancing by the elephants Albert and Samson (I’m guessing it’s not tap dancing. Could be ballet…)
  • 11:30 am: Yoga demonstration. By elephants? By humans? Who knows? Should be fun.  I guess it’s the Asian theme.
  • 12:30 pm:  Questions and answers with the zookeeper.
  • 1 pm: Now this is sweet! Daizy’s mother and grandma, Rozie and Alice, will sing a duet.
  • 1:30 pm:  Everyone sings happy birthay to Daizy when she’s given her cake.

The Daizy birthday event and elephant conservation day  activities on August 25 are included with ABQ BioPark Zoo regular admission: $7 for adults, $3 for seniors 65+, $3 for kids aged 3-12, ages 2 and under go free. Military (active and non-active) get $2 off adult admission and $1 off children’s admission, with your military ID.

ABQ BioPark Zoo (formerly the Rio Grande Zoo) is located at 903 10th Street SW.

–Tania

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ABQ BioPark Zoo 85th Birthday Party & Admission Freebies

July 18, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque BioPark Zoo, formerly the Rio Grande Zoo, celebrates its 85th birthday this year, and there are a couple of ways to get free admission to the zoo as part of the birthday celebration.

  • If you were also born in 1927, you can get in free to the zoo any day with proof of age through September 1, 2012.
  • If you were born in 1985, visit the Zoo for free each Wednesday with ID through September 1, 2012.
  • For everybody else, one paying adult can still take up to four children free to the ABQ BioPark Zoo every Monday through August 26, 2012, as mentioned in our previous
    Free Kids’ Admission to Albuquerque BioPark post.  Get the same free admission for kids deal on Mondays at the Albuquerque Aquarium and Botanic Garden.

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Meanwhile, it’s the ABQ BioPark Zoo 85th Birthday Party on Sunday July 22 from 10 am to 2 pm. 
Although they’re charging normal zoo admission, there are quite a few fun activities in the event, including: 

  • Animal discovery stations for kids
  • Games and crafts including make an animal mask
  • Animal Encounters show at 11 am.
  • Cake Eating contest at 11:30 am. If you want to sign up for it, go to the Bandshell.
  • “Animal Parade” at 1 pm in the park, where you can dress up in your own animal costume or wear the mask you’ve made at the crafts station. (When I say ‘you’, I do of course mean your kids. However, if you are a 40-something who has desperately always wanted to dress up as a lion, then I reckon this is your chance to go roar!)
  • 1:15 pm:  Free birthday cake (while supplies last) and singing happy birthday.
  • Ape Keeper talk at 11:45, Wombat Keeper talk at 1:30, and Cat Keeper talk at 2:30.
  • Various feeding sessions of the seals, sea lions, and polar bears
  • Music from 100.3 The Peak

See the full schedule for the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo birthday party on July 22, 2012.

The activities are included with ABQ BioPark Zoo regular admission: $7 for adults, $3 for seniors 65+, $3 for kids aged 3-12, ages 2 and under go free.

ABQ BioPark Zoo (formerly the Rio Grande Zoo) is located at 903 10th Street SW.

–Tania

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ABQ BioPark Military Discount

June 20, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque BioPark offers a discount to active and non-active military personnel visiting the BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, and Botanic Garden. That’s a very good move to thank our service men and women.

The new ABQ BioPark tickets military discount was rolled out earlier this year, and if you missed our previous post on it, it gives $2 off adult admission and $1 off children’s admission. The discount is valid for active and non-active personnel, although you do of course need to show your military ID, and the discount is for general admission, not for any special events.

Albuquerque BioPark regular admission is $7 for adults, $3 for seniors 65+, $3 for kids aged 3-12, and ages 2 and under go free. That’s for entry into either the Zoo, or the Aquarium and Botanic Garden. 

A combo ticket for all BioPark locations is only available on Tuesday to Sunday mornings from 9 am to noon, at $12 for adults, $5 for kids, including train rides.

And don’t forget that anyone can get free ABQ BioPark admission for kids this summer 2012 – find out how in my previous post at the link.

–Tania

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ABQ BioPark Military Discount

March 24, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque BioPark offers a discount to active and non-active military personnel visiting the BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, and Botanic Garden. Nice one! That’s a very good move to thank our service men and women.

The new ABQ BioPark tickets military discount was rolled out earlier this year, and if you missed our previous post on it, it gives $2 off adult admission and $1 off children’s admission. The discount is valid for active and non-active personnel, although you do of course need to show your military ID, and the discount is for general admission, not for any special events.

Albuquerque BioPark regular admission is $7 for adults, $3 for seniors 65+, $3 for kids aged 3-12, and ages 2 and under go free. That’s for entry into either the Zoo, or the Aquarium and Botanic Garden. 

A combo ticket for all BioPark locations is only available on Tuesday to Sunday mornings from 9 am to noon, at $12 for adults, $5 for kids, including train rides.

–Tania

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ABQ BioPark Valentine Tours

February 7, 2012 by  
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ABQ BioPark Valentines DayLet the love fest begin with Love Bugs, Birds and the Beasts, and That’s A Moray tours for ages 18+ only.

They’re clever people over at the Albuquerque BioPark, thinking up these three Valentine tours for adults only.

They take place on Saturday, February 11, 2012, and all are at 2 pm, so you have to pick one or the other for your wild affair.  Tickets are $10 including BioPark admission.

The ABQ BioPark Valentine tours are only for ages 18+ and you can buy tickets at the gate on the day, or call (505) 848-7180.

  • Birds and the Beasts at the Zoo: a tour to explore the romantic life and exotic mating habits of condors, cranes, primates and reptiles, led by a zoo expert who’ll fill you in the animals’ romantic rituals. Meet at the Zoo entrance at 1:50 pm.
  • Love Bugs at the Botanic Garden: Entomologist Dr. Ralph Charlton takes you behind the scenes at the Bugarium Rearing Laboratory, explaining how insects and arachnids reproduce, and the dramatic love life of all kinds of crawlies I’d frankly rather avoid. But then love is strange, isn’t it? Meet at the Botanic Garden entrance at 1:50 pm.
  • That’s A Moray at the Aquarium. Clever pun, although I had to read it several times before I got the joke… try saying it out loud! The Aquarium’s Curator of Fishes Rich Learner shows what you’re missing underwater, with fish singing love songs, transgendered critters, and how male seahorses become pregnant. (I bet they make more fuss about it than females of any species do.) Meet at the Aquarium entrance at 1:50 pm.

For families and kids, the BioPark offers family-friendly Valentines Day activities on Saturday February 11 from 10 am – 2 pm, with educational discovery stations explaining how the Zoo matchmakes endangered species, which fish at the Aquarium serenade with love songs, and showing the pollinaters that do the dating business between plants at the Botanic Garden. It’s all in with the regular BioPark admission: $7 for adults, $3 for seniors 65+, $3 for kids aged 3-12, ages 2 and under go free.

–Tania

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