Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Jazz at the Zoo
Giving New Meaning to the Term Hep"cat"

July 01, 2009

Indianapolis’ perfect summer night getaway can be found at the Indianapolis Zoo Thursday evenings, July 16 through August 20. The Zoo invites you to “Play Into the Night” while enjoying the hottest sounds in town at Animals and All That Jazz concert series. Concerts run from 5:30-8:30pm, and all animal exhibits will remain open until 7pm on concert nights.

This summer, Animals and All That Jazz is returning with an even hotter lineup. This season’s outstanding lineup of talented Jazz superstars includes:

July 16: Sizzlin’ Gregg Bacon with Goldie & Exquisitely Yours (Lowe’s will also be at the Zoo on July 16 to host a “Build and Grow” clinic for young guests.)

July 23: Lonnie Lester

July 30: Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra

August 6: Harvey & The Bluetones

August 13: Orquesta Bravo

August 20: Bill Lancton Coalition & Horns

Thursday nights will not only be fun for Jazz fans, but any family or couple looking for a fun evening in Indianapolis. Guests can visit with friends, dance the night away at the most unique jazz venue in town and take a break from the concert festivities to enjoy the animal exhibits without the usual daytime summer crowds or daytime heat. There will even be prizes given away during the show. Where else can you find such a perfect mix of family fun and relaxation for such an affordable price?

Introducing children to the world of jazz can provide them with an excellent cultural experience; and there are many things to keep them engaged and having a blast while the music is playing. Children will be entertained by animal exhibits, hip mascots, the playground and, until 7pm, the Kroger Splash Park. Also, the rides will be running until 7pm with members able to enjoy a featured ride each night free of charge.

Come early for best available seating at the picnic tables or bring a lawn chair. For dinner, Café on the Commons will be available with Zoo favorites such as hot dogs, nachos and hamburgers. There will also be a full buffet with additional offerings. As with any Zoo visit, guests are asked to refrain from bringing in personal food and drinks. Don’t worry if you see a few clouds rolling in—the concert will move to the Party Pavilion in inclement weather.

Don’t miss out on a chance to enjoy live music and special festivities at one of Indianapolis’ favorite family spots! Invite family and friends and come “Play Into the Night” with the Indianapolis Zoo. Animals and All That Jazz is free for members and included with regular Zoo admission.