MCKEE BOTANICAL GARDEN ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY 27 JUNGLE DAY EVENT
CHILDREN TO RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION
McKee Botanical Garden has announced the schedule of activities for it’s first ever Jungle Day event on January 27 from noon to 4 pm.
Jungle Day will pay homage to McKee’s earlier days as the Jungle Gardens and features activities reminiscent of that time. There will be animal demonstrations featuring native snakes and reptiles as well as a petting zoo. Forever Florida will have two rare Cracker horses on site and Showbirdz Parrot Shows will give performances at 12:30 pm and 2:15 pm.
Historic photos from the Garden’s archives will be on display and visitors are encouraged to share their own early memories of McKee by recording them on a mural. History buffs will enjoy viewing “Birth of a Garden,” a one-act play about McKee founders Waldo Sexton and Arthur McKee. The play will be performed in the education building at 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm.
A number of additional activities for children will take place throughout the event including face painting, balloon twisters, games and educational activities. Children also can take a ride on the Safari Train and participate in a “Where’s Waldo” scavenger hunt (this Waldo being Waldo Sexton and not the striped shirt-wearing, bespectacled character from fiction).
Members of the Indian River Woodcarvers Club will give woodcarving demonstrations and Key of Life will perform live music throughout the day in the Garden’s Spanish Kitchen area.
“Many local residents have fond memories of childhood visits to McKee Jungle Gardens,” stated Executive Director Christine Hobart. “This event is an opportunity for them to experience that magic once again, this time with their own children and grandchildren.”
Admission to Jungle Day is free for children age 12 and under and for adults, general admission rates apply.
Jungle Day is sponsored by Quail Valley Charities, the “AT&T Real Yellow Pages,” 93.7 the Breeze and 97.1 Ocean FM.
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