Celebrate The Year Of The Dragon At The Queens Zoo

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Julie Larsen Maher
Julie Larsen Maher 0782 Bearded Dragon QZ 12 20 11
Julie Larsen Maher

Long Islanders can head to the Queens Zoo to celebrate 2012, known in Chinese astrology as The Year Of The Dragon.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo will ring in the Year of the Dragon with a special two-day celebration on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21 and 22 from noon to 4 p.m.  Visitors will have a chance to meet a real bearded dragon along with other reptiles.

Complimentary hot cocoa and tea will be served to patrons throughout the weekend.

The celebration is also very kid-friendly with the first 100 children each day receiving a traditional red envelope surprise from the zoo.

“Children can participate in arts and crafts where they will make a variety of reptile- and New Year’s-themed crafts while zoo staff discuss fun facts about bearded dragons and other animals of the Asian zodiac,” says WCS in a press release.

There will also be an opportunity to sign up for the Queens Zoo’s summer camp program at an early-bird discount of 10 percent off the regular fee.

Festivities are free with paid admission to the zoo. For more information about Lunar New Year at WCS’s Queens Zoo, visit www.queenszoo.com.