|SARASOTA, Fla., November 25, 2013 – Kid-size adventures are at an all-time high at Selby Gardens this week. Chance the Chimpanzee from Big Cat Habitat will experience the new children’s rainforest for the first time Friday, November 29, 2013 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Music, games, hands-on activities, great food and special appearances by rainforest animals make Selby Gardens’ the perfect place to connect with your family during the holiday break.
It was a natural fit for Big Cat habitat to partner with Selby Gardens, with the recent opening of their new children’s rainforest simulating one of the wildest places on earth—the tropical rainforest, home to half the word’s known plants and animal species” said Kay Rosaire, founder of Big Cat Habitat. “We look forward to a long relationship with the Gardens’.
The family extravaganza will kick off Wednesday, November 27 at 10:00am and conclude Sunday, December 1 at 4:30pm. The festivities will include live musical performances, arts & crafts, rainforest story time, delicious rainforest-themed food available for purchase, and special appearances by rainforest animals all occurring in a one-of-a-kind setting: an outdoor, elevated rainforest with thatched roof huts, waterfall cascading down a rock face with lush plants, a suspended rope bridge, caves for exploring, adventure trails, and even a research station to inspire curious minds about what they may find in an actual working research center.
“There is always something to do and experience in the Children’s Rainforest. With the extended time families have with one another over the Thanksgiving break, we decided to take those experiences times ten,” laughs Jeannie Peralus, Director of Education for Selby Gardens.
The Children’s Rainforest, which opened Saturday, November 9, 2013 enables Selby Gardens to expand its outreach to a whole new audience by offering a safe, outdoor place where children and families can learn and engage together. Children will have a deeper appreciation of botanic gardens and be able to share that appreciation with their children and grandchildren.
“The Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden is truly a unique, urban oasis for all who visit and ushers in a new era for Selby Gardens as a source of enjoyment and knowledge for future generations,” said Tom Buchter, CEO of Selby Gardens.
For more information about Selby Gardens and specific dates and times of the array of family activities during the Thanksgiving break, please visit www.selby.org.
About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a leader in the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit www.selby.org.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, members and children 3 and under enter free, regular admission $19 (ages 12 and up), ages 4-11 $6. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or selby.org. Get social at www.facebook.com/selbygardens or www.twitter.com/selbygardens.