The public is invited to enjoy summer evenings at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the months of July and August.
Turtle Back Zoo will have family nights with extended evening hours to 8:30 p.m., with the last admission to the Zoo being at 8 p.m. In addition, on Wednesday evenings during July and August, Zoo-vies, featuring animal-related movies, will be shown on the top floor of the Turtle Back Zoo parking deck.
“Take advantage of the late hours when temperatures are cooler and the workday is over,” said Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo. “It’s a great way to spend a summer night and experience Turtle Back in a completely different way.”
Family nights will be held on Wednesdays, July 19 and 26 and Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 and Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27 and Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. In addition, Thursdays in August are Pokémon Go Zoo Nights. Enjoy catching and battling unique creatures throughout the zoo with 17 PokeStops and two gyms. Lures are released every half hour during the event. Paid admission is required to enter the zoo each evening. Learn more about playing Pokémon Go at the zoo at http://turtlebackzoo.com/play-pokemon-go/.
Families coming to Zoo-vies should bring their own chair or blanket. Films will begin at dusk. Admission to the movies is free, and the movies will be cancelled in the event of rain. The schedule for Zoo-vies is as follows: “The Adventures of Milo and Otis,” on July 19; “The Secret Life of Pets,” on July 26; “Ferngully: The Last Rain Forest,” on Aug. 2; “How to Train Your Dragon,” on Aug. 9; “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” on Aug. 16; “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” on Aug. 23 and “Moana” on Aug. 30.
Turtle Back Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Regular admission is $12 for children and senior citizens, $15 for adults and free for children under 2. For additional information, call 973-731-5800 or visit www.essexcountynj.org/turtlebackzoo.