Perhaps not that exact menagerie, but there will be a variety of friendly creatures ready to greet youngsters at “Quassy Zoo,” an expanded children’s play area to be unveiled May 3 and 4 at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark here.
“Quassy Zoo” will be located adjacent to the “Yo-Yo” Super Swing ride and provide an opportunity for children to enjoy a number of friendly fiberglass creations.
The new animals were created by Enchanted Castle Studios of Natural Bridge, Va.
The weekend will be filled with activities for children, including crafts and a display booth presented by The Barnum Museum of Bridgeport, Conn.
Museum staff will work with children to create, color, and hand-bind flip books, craft mythical creatures, design dragon rails and use light boxes to examine x-rays. In addition, the museum will have some fun, easy read-aloud and picture books to spur creativity.
“Saggy Baggy Elephant,” a favorite of young readers, will also be on hand for meet and greet sessions as part of Quassy’s 2014 Ready To Read Program. The park has presented the summer reading incentive program for more than a decade as part of its extensive educational outreach. Youngsters can earn a free day of rides to Quassy by reading three books during summer recess and logging them on a form. Official Ready To Read Program certificates will be issued during the meet and greet appearances. “Saggy Baggy Elephant” will visit Quassy courtesy of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC.
May 3 and 4 will also feature a $35 carload special at the park. For that fee up to 10 persons in a car will receive all-day ride wristbands, parking included. Quassy operates noon to 6 p.m. both days. “Splash Away Bay” waterpark and Quassy Beach open May 24 and will not be operating for this event.
In addition, both days will feature live entertainment at the Carousel Theatre stage. Regional dance schools and studios will perform on Saturday, May 3, with Jim & Sandy Sisti bringing their comedy magic shows to the stage on Sunday, May 4.
About The Park
Quassy Amusement Park & Waterpark is in its 106th year and features more than two-dozen rides and attractions. The lakeside property is also home to “Splash Away Bay” waterpark with the new “BulletBowl”
Quassy also features a new laser maze attraction in its huge arcade building.
Rides include the award-winning “Wooden Warrior” roller coaster, “Music Fest,” “Yo-Yo” super swings, “Free Fall ‘N’ Drop Tower,” “Grand Carousel” and more.
The park also has a restaurant, redemption arcade, games, live entertainment and special events.
Quassy opens April 26 for the 2014 season with Quassy Beach and the waterpark opening on May 24.
Season passes are on sale now at the park office and through the Quassy Web site at www.quassy.com. Company picnics, school fieldtrips and other catered events are also being scheduled through the park office at 203-758-2913.
Quassy is located at 2132 Middlebury Road, Route 64, in Middlebury, Conn., on the shores of Lake Quassapaug.
With photo of new Fiberglass animals
Ready To Roar
A variety of friendly fiberglass creatures stand ready to take their positions in the “Quassy Zoo,” a children’s play area to be unveiled in early May at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark in Middlebury, Conn. (Quassy photos)