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African American Family Celebration at the National Zoo

Easter Event in Washington, DC


The National Zoo and Friends of the National Zoo host an African American Family Celebration each year on Easter Monday. The Washington, DC event includes traditional Easter activities for families, such as an Easter egg hunt, Easter-themed games and a visit from the Easter bunny! Live entertainment will include African storytelling and performances by an a cappella gospel quintet, a Caribbean and reggae band, a steel-drum band, a dance team, and a double-dutch jump rope team. In addition, animal keepers will host talks, feedings and 41 demonstrations highlighting a variety of animals, including cheetahs, western lowland gorillas, bald eagles, spectacled bears, kiwis and Asian elephants. Admission is free.

Date and Time: April 21, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine.

Location: National Zoo, Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC

Zoomagination Station!

A hands-on shopping experience will be engaging and fun for all age groups. This new concept features an assortment of products that allow visitors to customize their own items: from a glitzy butterfly wand to a tube filled with an assortment of PVC animal replicas. Zomagination Station! is located across from Lemur Island.

Activity Schedule

Children’s Easter Activities (Ongoing at Great Meadow)
  • Easter egg hunt
  • Easter panda
Children’s Easter Activities (Ongoing across from Lemur Island)

Live Entertainment (Great Meadow from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Stevie Prather - 12 p.m.
  • Easter panda - 12:30 p.m.
  • Mr. Derby - 1 p.m.
  • Easter Panda - 1:30 p.m.
  • Stevie Prather - 2 p.m.
  • Easter panda - 2:30 p.m.
  • Mr. Derby - 3 p.m.
  • Easter panda -3:30 p.m.
Live Entertainment (Lion/Tiger Hill from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Mutual Agreement - 12 p.m.
  • Michael George: The One Man Band - 1 p.m.
  • Stone & Wright - 2 p.m.
  • Steve Scott Project: Featuring Steve Scott and Leroy Greer - 3 p.m.
Special Keeper Talks (Various Locations throughout the Zoo)

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