Turtle Back Zoo

Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ

When the summer comes around, I am always look for a day trip to go on with the family. It’s fun to go somewhere close and fun. Recently, I was invited to check out the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ. I have gone to Turtle Back Zoo before, but I must say, every time I go the zoo gets bigger and better!

I absolutely love Turtle Back Zoo. It’s the perfect size zoo for a day trip and a place you can visit over and over again. My middle son and daughter loved the prairie dogs display. There is an underground tunnel that you can duck down into and go with your child, or older children can go into alone. When they pop up they are in the middle of a prairie dog habitat! What a super experience! My children loved it!

Another wonderful feature of Turtle Back Zoo is something called a Zoo Key. A Zoo Key hangs on a necklace and can be used in story boxes that are found next to many of the animal displays. One side of the key plays a catchy tune about the animal, the other side tell some facts about the same animal. The Zoo Key is only $3.00 and well worth it!
The walk around the zoo was so refreshing and quite a learning experience. It was wonderful to see penguins, bison, elk, and highland cattle just going about their business as we looked on.
Of course we did have to stop at the beautiful animal themed carousel. What a delightful addition to the zoo!
As our day at the zoo continued we came across more and more exciting exhibits. While inside the Bear House, the bear walked right up to the window. What a fantastic experience to have just a window between you and a big brown bear!
If you are looking for a hands on experience with animals, Turtle Back Zoo is the right place. There are pony rides, a petting zoo, and my personal favorite The Aviary. On the way into the aviary you can purchase a flat stick coated with bird seeds and then feed the birds as they land right on your stick! Wow! If you love birds, this is the place for you.

So, if you are looking for a fun day out with the family, friends, or just a day to yourself, I cannot think of a better place that you could be than Turtle Back Zoo. We finished up our trip with checking out more exhibits such as the alligator, red panda, leopard, the reptile house and more! Of course we could not leave until we took a ride on the train that takes you on a scenic ride through the woods and we finished up with some ice-cream and cotton candy!
Wow! It’s hard to believe Turtle Back Zoo is right here in Essex County! What a treasure. If you have a chance, please check out Turtle Back Zoo! You will not be disappointed.
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Disclosure: 3decades3kids were guests of the zoo.
All opinions are that of 3decades3kids.

DISNEY CHANNEL Celebrates “Phineas and Ferb:The Movie” with “Perry The Platy-Bus on Tour” Kick-Off in Times Square July 11th!

July 11, 2011
10am-2 pm
Broadway between 44th and 45th Street NYC
Disney fun is in the air!
As you pass by the Disney Store Times Square the larger than life billboard flashes up a peak at Disney’s Phineas and Ferb:The Movie, debuting  August  5th on The Disney Channel (a Disney Channel original movie).
As if Disney, Times Square, and Phineas and Ferb are each not enough fun alone, imagine combing all three?

On July 11th, something spectacular will be happening in Times Square, NYC! In a kick-off celebration for Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension, the popular character Perry the Platypus from Disney’s Phineas and Ferb
will gear up and hit the road with
“Perry the Platy-Bus on Tour”!
The Platy-Bus, a teal colored, 27 foot,
4000 lb. customized Airstream trailer will be
unveiled during the celebration!
I, personally, cannot wait to see
this Platy-bus complete with bill, tail, and googly eyes. Our family loves Phineas, Ferb and Perry!
Friends and fans can enjoy a performance by the
characters from Phineas and Ferb at the kick-off!
Then, they can go inside the trailer to test out some games or try out some “Perry-oke”, singing songs from the Phineas and Ferb show and more! The Disney Channel Phineas and Ferb The Movie with “Perry the Platy-Bus on Tour” will begin in NYC, July 11th, continue across country stopping at key landmark sites and end in Los Angeles at the completion of the tour.
You can be there when it all kicks off this Monday, July 11th!
Radio Disney will also be at this great celebration with on-air personality Jake Whetter.
He’ll have some great giveaways, games and activities.
“Phineas and Ferb” is an Emmy Award-winning series and TV’s #1 animated television show in prime time among kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14. It reached more than 110 million unduplicated total viewers across the USA. So, please mark your calendar for August 5th to see Disney Channel original movie, “Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension” on Disney Channel and August 20th the movie will air on ABC.
 All opinions are that of 3decades3kids.
This is a cost-free event.