Fairy Tails Offers Families and Children a Magical Day at the Beardsley Zoo

BRIDGEPORT—On September 11, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will turn into a magical land with a day full of fun activities, including costumed characters, storytimes, artist sketch demonstrations in the farmyard, face painting, glitter tattoos, bubbles, and an animal show with birds of prey. Sponsored by Connecticut Children’s Pediatric Care Alliance with Hartford HealthCare, the festivities will take place from 10 am to 2 pm.  A COVID-19 vaccination clinic will also be held on Zoo grounds from 11 am to 3 pm, in the Hanson Building.

WHAT: Fairy Tails and a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

WHEN: Saturday, September 11

10 am – 2 pm Costumed Characters and Children’s Activities. Characters include Cinderella, Spiderman, The Black Panther, Daniel Tiger, Jasmine, Moana, and Mulan. Activities include face painting, glitter tattoos, fine artists sketching animals for children in the New England Farmyard, bubbles, and storytime.

11 am Master Falconer Brian Bradley presents his birds of prey program

11 am – 3 pm  COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for people 12 and over in the Hanson Building. Anyone younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

WHERE:  Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

1875 Nobel Avenue, Bridgeport Conn.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is open daily from 9 am-4 pm.  Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $17, children’s admission (ages 3-11) is $14.00, senior admission (62 and older) is $14.00, and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members also are admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge.

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating its 99th year, features 350 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species. Guests won’t want to miss our Amur tigers and leopards, maned wolves, Mexican gray wolves, and red wolves. Other highlights include our new Spider Monkey Habitat, the Rainforest Building, the prairie dog exhibit, and the Pampas Plain with Giant anteaters and Chacoan peccaries. Guests can ride on the carousel, grab a bite from the Peacock Café and eat in the Picnic Grove. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a non-profit organization approaching its 100th year at a time when the mission of helping fragile wildlife populations and ecosystems is more important than ever.

Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at In accordance with the state of Connecticut COVID-19 guidelines: we recommend that guests continue to wear masks while visiting the Zoo, but when guests are outside and can maintain social distance, masks may be removed. In any indoor area, or when social distancing cannot be maintained, masks are required. Everyone over the age of two, except for those with medical conditions that preclude wearing them, should have a mask available.