(New Orleans, La.) - Holiday "ice'' skating targeted to the younger set is once again returning to Audubon Zoo from December 26 through December 31 as part of the annual Snofari Adventure celebration.
A skating rink of synthetic ice made from high-tech plastic will be open all six days from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. near the Capital One Performance Pavilion beneath the majestic oaks at Audubon Zoo.
"Snofari Adventure has become a wonderful holiday tradition at Audubon Zoo,'' said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. "There will be seasonal music and the kid-sized rink offers youngsters an opportunity to try skating.''
The rink, which measures 40 feet by 30 feet, has a capacity of about 35 people. Special skates in all sizes will be available at no additional fee. Skaters cannot bring their own skates.
The "ice'' is made from an eco-friendly, recyclable acrylic material that enables a skate blade to glide as smoothly as if it were on real ice.
An added attraction will be SnowGlobe Live!, a 15-foot-tall replica of the popular holiday collectible. Adorned with holiday decor, the globe's interior can accommodate up to six people for photos.
Snofari Adventure holiday activities are included with Zoo admission, but "ice'' skating requires an additional ticket that can be purchased only at the Zoo front gate or at the Endangered Species Carousel ticket booth inside the Zoo.
Skating tickets are $5 for Audubon members and $7 for non-members and are good for one-time access to the rink. Children under two years of age enjoy complimentary skating. Ticket sales will close daily at 2:30 p.m.
Skaters will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. The wait time for skaters will be determined by the number of people in line at any given moment.
All skaters will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to stepping onto the rink. Guardians must sign for minors (anyone under 18 years of age).
To enhance the festive mood, a DJ will be on hand spinning seasonable tunes, a giant sleigh will be available for photos and kids can enjoy holiday-themed inflateables.
Audubon Zoo is located at 6500 Magazine Street.
Audubon Nature Institute
Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.