Mother’s Day Events at the San Diego Zoo

May 1st, 2009

Celebrate Mother’s Day 2009 at the San Diego Zoo with Special Programs and Events

The San Diego Zoo celebrates Mother’s Day with special programs and events in May. Choose from a variety of Mother’s Day events, including a Garden Celebration, a special Brunch, a fun Sleepover and many others. No matter what you’re in the mood for, the Zoo has something to please every Mom. Check out these special Zoo events and programs designed with Mom in mind, taking place in May 2009:

Free Dried Lavender Bouquet on Mother’s Day

Fleurop.comOn Mother’s Day, May 10, 2009, the first 1,000 moms through the Zoo’s gates will receive a free dried lavender bouquet.”The bouquet doesn’t need water, can be dried upside down and will last up to six months,” said Horticulture Curator Mike Bostwick. “Its elegant scent will be a reminder of a wonderful day at the Zoo.”

Garden Celebration 2009

Everyone knows you can tell mom you love her with plants and flowers. This Mother’s Day, you can surprise her with more than 700,000 by taking her to the San Diego Zoo!

The Zoo will celebrate Mother’s Day weekend over three days, May 8, 9 and 10, 2009 with the always popular Garden Celebration, an annual event that will focus this year on water conservation. Garden Celebration will allow guests to fully enjoy the 700,000 lush and rare plants within the San Diego Zoo, while learning about water conservation. Between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm each day there will be a myriad of plant and water-conservation events including crafts, special tours, displays and entertainment. The Zoo’s horticulture department will answer questions at the Ask-the-Gardener booth.

Children attending the Garden Celebration will have the opportunity to make lavender sachets for their mothers. Other activities include free botanical bus tours, plant-focused walking tours, Dr. Zoolittle’s special show in Wegeforth Bowl and exhibits related to saving water on landscaping, gardening and around the home.

“People who come out to the Zoo during this year’s Garden Celebration will learn more about the amazing array of plants at the San Diego Zoo, and will take home ways to be water-wise and plant friendly,” Bostwick said.

Mother’s Day Sleepover at the Zoo

Fleurop.comMoms will love participating in a Mother’s Day sleepover, which is essentially a first-class ticket to meet Zoo animals from around the world! Mom will enjoy dinner with a glass of wine, dessert, evening snacks and beverages, moonlight walk, animal presentations, private bus tour, a Mother’s Day gift to take home, hot breakfast with a champagne mimosa, a special behind-the-scenes animal viewing and a morning stroll. This special Mother’s Day sleepover will be held the weekends of May 9, 2009 and May 16, 2009. The sleepovers start at 4:00 pm on Saturday (May 9, 2009 or May 16, 2009) and conclude at 9:00 am on Sunday (Mother’s Day – May 10, 2009 and May 17, 2009 respectively). The cost is $149.00, plus Zoo admission for nonmembers. Reservations are required by calling 619-718-3000 or 800-407-9534, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Mother’s Day Brunch

The Mother’s Day Brunch will be held from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 10, 2009. It features the culinary creations of Executive Chef Chris Mirguet. Diners will enjoy the spectacular views and casual elegance of the Treetops Room as they make selections at the omelet bar or choose smoked pepper-dusted salmon from the entrees. The cost is $34.95 for adults and $17.95 for children aged 3 to 11, tax and gratuity not included. You may make a reservation by calling 619-557-3964 between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.


Moms can also have an opportunity to spend special time with their children aged 3 to 6 at KinderNights, which will be focused on Mammal Moms during May. These evenings will start at 6:30 pm on Friday, May 8, 2009 and Friday, May 15, 2009 and end at 8:00 pm. They include a snack, craft, animal presentation and a story. Cost is $11.00 per person, plus Zoo admission for nonmembers.


About the World Famous San Diego Zoo

The 100-acre San Diego Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and their habitats. The organization focuses on conservation and research work around the globe, educates millions of individuals a year about wildlife and maintains accredited horticultural, animal, library and photo collections. The Zoo also manages the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, which includes a 900-acre native species reserve, and the San Diego Zoo’s Beckman Center for Conservation Research. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.

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