Monday, November 03, 2008
My Town Monday: Detroit, Zoo Boo
The Detroit Zoo is yet another Detroit institution that has been a contentious subject for years. Who will fund it? Whose zoo is it since it is located just outside of the City? The city of Detroit finds it difficult to finance cultural institutions in these times but was loathe to turn it over to the county. the name Kwame Kilpatrick is being painted over on its water tower. But it remains lovely piece of land that is widely used by the 4 million people who live in the Detroit area.
This post is about Zoo Boo rather than the Zoo itself.
Zoo Boo, presented by Meijer, is the Detroit Zoo’s annual family-friendly Halloween event. Zoo Boo is a merry-not-scary Halloween celebration with a cleverly decorated half-mile trick-or-treat trail through the Zoo. Live, friendly entertainment await costume-clad little ones in the Zoo Boo Revue tent, and they can try their luck in the Ghouly Games tent. The Haunted Reptile House is fun and you can vitis the ghosts and goblins who have made the Reptile House their home for the holiday season, and take a ride on the new Wild Adventure Ride, Dracula’s Haunted Castle, sponsored by State Farm.
Kevin enjoyed Zoo Boo, but at almost two, he wanted to see the camels, elephants, and raffes. They were all sleeping. Every five minutes, he would politely repeat "Camels?" "No, Kevin, this is about pumins and itches and gollins. "Zoo," he'd remind us. "Bears?"
Next year, pumins will be pumpkins, itches will be witches and gollins, goblins. But at least camels will still be camels. And our dinosaur will be something else entirely.
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