Children will have the chance to let their imaginations blossom with some arty antics during the Big Draw at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo in October.
Artist-in-residence Beatrice Von Preussen will be available to give children a helping hand in a big communal drawing extravaganza on Saturday 25th October.
The imaginative themes will get their creative ideas flowing and include a cityscape where meerkats are waiting for a bus, a beach scene where wallabies are eating ice creams, sitting on deck chairs and building sandcastles, and a countryside scene where otters are driving convertibles on their way to visit their rabbit friends.
The drop-in sessions are free (normal entry fees to the park apply) and take place at the zoo from 11am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
“October is Big Draw month in over 20 counties and over 280,000 people are expected to take part,” said Events, Parties and Education Officer Fiona Vella. “Our Big Draw event on October 25th is for children and grown-ups who love to draw and even for those who think they can’t!
“Beatrice is very talented and has some wonderful ideas so come along and help us create our big communal drawings – it should be great fun.”
Other highlights at the zoo during October half term week include a Pumpkin Trail from Saturday 25th October to Sunday 2nd November, a Slippery Snake Day on Tuesday 28th October, a Hedgehog Day on Thursday 30th October and a Halloween Fun Day on Friday 31st October.
As part of the Pumpkin Trail children can complete a quiz sheet costing only £1, find out which animals are hiding their pumpkins around the zoo, and win a prize for their efforts.
The Halloween Fun day includes a Slightly Scary Story Time, making a Trick or Treat Bag and Spooky Face Painting.
Details and costs of the special events are outlined below.
Slithery Snake Day – Tuesday 28th October
Meet a real snake and watch it slither & stick out its tongue!
@ 12.15 & 2pm.
Create a spooky snake picture, lots of sticking and colouring fun.
Drop in sessions. 11am -12.30pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity is free. Usual entrance fee applies
Hedgehog Day Thursday 30th October
The People’s Trust for Endangered Species is coming to the zoo to bring us this fun filled event with Hedgehog-themed activities:
Hedgehog arts and crafts, Hedgehog story time, a chance to chat with a hedgehog rescuer and meet a real hedgehog!
Sessions: 11am*, 12pm, 1.30pm* & 2.30pm
* The 11am and 1.30pm sessions are pre-bookable through the PTES website at http://ptes.org/events/
For the 12pm and 2.30pm sessions you can sign up upon entry to the zoo – arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Sessions last approx 45mins. Suitable for children 3-11yrs.Usual entrance fees apply.
Halloween Fun Day Friday 31st October
(Slightly) Scary Story Time @ 12pm & 2pm
For those brave enough to come and listen!
(Not too scary!)
Make a Trick or Treat Bag
Come and create your very own terrifying design.
Drop in sessions: 11am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm.
Become a scary ghost or Dracula with fangs.
Cost £2.50 11am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Usual entrance fees apply.
About Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
Family-friendly Battersea Park Children’s Zoo is located in Battersea Park in the heart of London, next to the River Thames.
The zoo offers a perfect blend of animal adventures and playground fun, where children can get up close to an amazing range of animals, including emu, chipmunks, bearded dragon lizards, capuchin monkeys, lemur, tamarins, ferrets, parrots, snakes, mice, coati and ring tailed lemur.
They can meet resident wallabies Boomer and Juno, laugh at the antics of emus Ant and Dec, and spy on the meerkats in the secret lookout tunnel. The donkeys chasing each other around their field are always a big hit while Kune Kune pigs Piggle and Wiggle just love to get attention.
At certain times of the year, children can help the keepers feed the farm animals in the Barley Mow Farm, including pigs, chickens and rabbits. There’s also a fun-packed adventure playground, with tractors, diggers, water play, sand pit, rides and life-sized fire engine. Birthday parties and school groups are welcome and animal adoptions are also available. See the website for further details.
About the Big Draw
The 2014 Big Draw runs from 1 October to 2 November across the UK and in twenty other countries, with 280,000 people expected to join in over 1000+ events. The Big Draw offers thousands of enjoyable, and mainly free, drawing activities which connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators – and each other. The Campaign for Drawing, which organises the Big Draw, wants to get everyone drawing. It believes drawing helps us to understand the world, think, feel, shape and communicate ideas and is fun, accessible and invaluable for education and everyday life.
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, Battersea Park, Chelsea Embankment, London SW11 4NJ, tel 020 7924 5826 www.batterseaparkzoo.co.uk