Beardsley Zoo’s 90th Birthday

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is marking its 90th birthday with its wildest party ever on May 19, 2012 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Visitors can expect to enjoy music, entertainment, and of course, birthday cake! Eight regional bakeries are working feverishly to bake their wildest creations and will take part in a Great Cake Bake Off that will be judged by hometown celebrities, the Twice Baked Twins. Well-known and local favorite radio host, WICC’s Jim Buchanan, will serve as emcee for this fun-filled celebration. The birthday party is free with paid admission to the Zoo and will take place rain or shine.

Local bakeries facing off in the Great Cake Bake Off include Adam’s Bakery of Fairfield, Billy’s Bakery of Fairfield, Del Prete Italian Pastry of Bridgeport, DiSorbo’s Italian Bakery of Hamden, Dorazio Sisters Bakery of Newtown, Lucibello’s Italian Pastry Shop of New Haven, Luigi’s Italian Pastry & Wedding Cake Center of Bridgeport, and Stew Leonard’s of Danbury. Each bakery will create a three-tiered, frosted, zoo and birthday themed cake to be judged on taste, look, and theme. Visitors may view the cakes in the Carousel building beginning at 10:00 am and the Twice Baked Twins will announce the winners at 1:00 pm. Guests may sample the cakes after 1:00 pm while supplies last. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best in Show, Best Zoo/Birthday theme, Best Looking, Best Frosting, Best Flavor, Best Cake Texture, People’s Choice, and Kid’s Choice.

In honor of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s 90th birthday, the Zoo will kick off the ’90 Days of Summer’ beginning Memorial Day weekend and ending Labor Day weekend. A list of some of the summer promotions are featured below:

 ’90 Days of Summer’ Promotions*

Memorial Day, May 28 – Labor Day, September 3, 2012:

 Mondays: Roll Back Monday – all admission prices roll back to only $9!

 Tuesdays: $1 carousel rides

 Wednesdays: Receive half price admission if you were born in the 90s! MUST SHOW PROOF (Valid photo ID, birth certificate, passport, report card) Hint: If you were born in the 90s, you’d be 12-22 years old.

 Thursdays: If it’s a scorcher (over 90 degrees Fahrenheit), receive one free child admission with one paying adult.

 Fridays: Be the 90th guest and get in FREE and receive a special gift just for you!

*NOTE: These offers do NOT apply to groups. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or coupons.

 Birthday Bonus! As a gift to all Zoo visitors, anyone who comes to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo on his or her birthday gets in free (Photo ID with birthday required. Valid through 12/31/12).

A complete calendar of events from mid-May through Labor Day may be found at

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $12.00, children (ages 3 -11) and senior admission (62 and older) is just $10.00, and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members are also admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge. For information, call: 203-394-6565. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is located at 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut.  


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