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Elephant Pumpkin Smash and more at the Maryland Zoo

Take the kids to see elephants munching on pumpkins and more animal fun at the annual Pumpkin Smash and ZooBOOO! Oct. 28-30 at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

Zoo pumpkin WThe Pumpkin Smash on Friday, Oct. 28, kicks off ZooBOOO!, a weekend of festivities featuring trick-or-treating, costume contests and Halloween themed animal enrichment. ZooBOOO! runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the Waterfowl Lake Pavilion area.

The Pumpkin Smash takes place at the elephant exhibit each day at 11:30 a.m. The elephants love pumpkins, and it’s fun to watch them open their own special treat.

Kids can also see other animal enrichment activities throughout the weekend. Lions, lemurs, otters, warthogs and more get their own fall treats at different times during the day.

Enrichment activities are designed to add variety and stimulation to the daily routines of animals. Treats are specially created for each species.

Kids can also trick-or-treat, visit with Animal Ambassadors, and take part in one of two costume contests each day. ZooBOOO! fun also includes carnival games, crafts, a hay maze, entertainment and more. Registration for the costume contests closes 15 minutes before each contest, which are held at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day.

Entertainment includes Silly Goose & Val’s Musical Zoo at 10:30 a.m. and The Juggle Show with Scott Cavanaugh at 1:30 p.m. each day.

For details visit the Maryland Zoo website at marylandzoo.org.

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