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Buttonwood Park Zoo, owned and operated by the City of New Bedford, features animals and 30 exhibits, including: elephants, bison, mountain lions, bears, eagles, seals, otters, and farm animals. BPZ is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and has been called "one of the finest small zoos in the United States" by that organization.
Accreditation means that the Buttonwood Park Zoo meets the high standards of the AZA for exhibit quality, animal care, educational programs and conservation projects. There are only about 200 AZA accredited zoos and aquariums in the United States, out of the more than 1,000 animal exhibitors licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture. The AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and is dedicated to providing excellent care for animals and educating the public about wildlife, habits and conservation.
Our first (unofficial) weekend of summer! Join us Friday night at the outdoor theater for a "BLAST FROM THE PAST MOVIE". Saturday we'll be playing candy bingo, having a sand castle contest, ceramics, scavenger hunt, and Saturday night $$ BINGO. On "Sunday/Funday", join us for a fishing derby, cook-out on the beach and our first of the season OUTDOOR DANCE with a live band....WELCOME BACK "FUNHOUSE"!
Friday night $$ Bingo. We will be having our Fourth Annual "Super Soup" Contest at 3:00 on Saturday! The competition field gets bigger every year! Just make a pot of your very best soup and our judges will be on hand to pick the "Super Soup" winner of 2020. This year we will be awarding Maple Park Gift Certificates for the 1st Place ($30.00), 2nd Place ($20.00) and 3rd place ($10.00) winners. After judging is over, we will invite our guests to sample the left-overs to see if they agree with the judge's decisions! (Saturday night's entertainment TBA)
We have lots of Family Fun competitions and activities planned for this weekend such as a family scavenger hunt, "Family Feud" on the beach, family water balloon toss, "FUN IN THE SUN" Bingo and a dance at the Outdoor Theater with LOOSE SCREWS!
Ahoy there Matey's...This weekend is all about PIRATES and "SINGIN' UP A STORM"! Friday night we will have a special Pirate Pizza Party with a visit from a REAL, LIVE PIRATE! (Advanced reservations required). Saturday, we invite ALL our guests to "walk the plank" for some "booty", possibly while "sword fighting" ....and did I mention in the water? An afternoon "Pirate Bingo"...bring a wrapped gift ($2-$5 in value) but.....winners beware, the Pirates can steal your "booty"! Adults and teens are invited to participate in our "Pirate Ship" (kayak) races! We have a special Pirate Treasure Hunt planned with a "boat-load" of treasure to the lucky winners. Saturday night we will be entertained with a fun filled night of KARAOKE beginning at 7:30 with "KIDDIE KARAOKE" until 9:00 then moving on to "ADULT TIME" from 9:00-10:30. Hopefully this gives all our "STARS" a chance to entertain us!
(This date is subject to change depending on local cities and town's final day of classes due to snow days) Some of the great daily activities we have planned for this summer are ceramics, beach games, lunches and Friday Pizza Parties with our mascot Charlie, OUTDOOR MOVIES at our outdoor theater, special event nights, volleyball, and crafts for all ages. We will have morning cartoons, face painting, treasure and scavenger hunts, Candy Bar and Gift Bingo, Tie Dye and so much more! Rain or shine, we ALWAYS have a GREAT time here at Maple Park.
What would a summer at Maple Park be without our Annual Talent Show! Imagine it has been over 25 years since we started this spectacular event! If anyone has some old photos from Talent Shows in the past, please forward them to me either by text (5084930913) or email (AVACAL8@COMCAST.NET) or drop off pictures at the office and I can scan them. I will put a slide show together (if we get enough photos)that everyone can enjoy before and after the show. Always a big hit for all our guests whether your talent is watching or participating!
Yes! A whole week of Christmas festivities. Every day we will make an ornament to hang on our tree. On Friday (July 24TH ) night we have a VERY SPECIAL tree lighting ceremony planned at the Outdoor Theater. Santa visits on Saturday night (July 25th) followed by a dance with MC Entertainment. (Parents must provide gifts for Santa's bag.) Site decorating contest, Polar Bear swim, Breakfast with a MAGIC SHOW, "Snowman" contest, Gift Bingo, "SNOWBALL" toss, and Red and Green tie dye, are just some of the fantastic events of this week and the list goes on and on and on......OUR BEST DRESSED SITE CONTEST WILL TAKE PLACE SATURDAY NIGHT (7/25) but campers can begin decorating any day during this week.
Bienvenido campista! Welcome Campers! A "Jumping Bean" Contest, Pi�atas', "Taco Bar" and Cook-Out on the Beach, are just a few of the highlights of this weekend. Sign up for our Annual Chili Cook-off Contest and be crowned the Chili King or Queen of 2020! Competition is tough - start "Googling" your recipes now! If Nachos are your passion, we'll be having a "Supreme Nacho Contest" too! YUM!
Join us for our 15TH Annual Mardi Gras! Decorate your floats...golf carts, wagons, bikes, strollers, etc..... or help us decorate our Mardi Gras float and join us in our evening Mardi Gras parade. Prizes for best Mardi Gras "Floats". Kids and adults will be decorating their masks for our Saturday Night Mardi Gras Ball featuring our FAVORITE Mardi Gras Band on the beach...."TIMELINE". Welcome Back Guys!
This weekend's is all about "FUN IN THE SUN"! We have lots of beach activities planned such as a water balloon toss, Hula Hoop contest (kids and adults), tug o' war in the water, Kayak races, WATER volleyball, Beach Bingo, etc. Just plan on having lots of fun and getting a "little" wet during the day AND dancing the night away WITH A LIVE BAND. WELCOME BACK MUMBLERS! You can also "LOCK UP A LOVED ONE ON THE ISLAND" this weekend. All "BAIL" $$, yes, you must eventually post bail, will be donated to our 2020 Maple Park Care's for Kids Charity (to be announced). Last year we raised $2,000 for "THE BOSTON HOUSE"! A GREAT BIG THANKS YOU TO OUR GENEROUS CAMPERS!
A full weekend of every kind of BINGO imaginable! (AND WE REALLY STRETCHED OUR IMAGINATIONS FOR THIS ONE!) What you will need are: school supplies, groceries, $3.00+ gift, gardening items, a $3.00+ toy, $$, movie night, and candy. This year since we will be having Family $$ Bingo on Friday night, on Saturday night we will have a special early evening (6:30) Toy/Gift Bingo for the FAMILY and $$ Bingo will be for the Adults (18+) beginning at 8:30. FOR BINGO LOVERS.....this is the BEST weekend of the summer!
This was such a huge success last year! We have lots of vendors, food trucks and some spectacular cars, trucks and tractors on display. MC ENTERTAINMENT will be entertaining us at the show and FUNHOUSE on the beach in the evening, Check back for more information on this event! It is something you will not want to miss!
This weekend is highlighted by our annual Craft Fair/Flea Market (9/5). New crafters/vendors are always welcome. $$ Bingo is on Saturday night. We also have kid's crafts, a horseshoe tournament, movies, softball, volleyball, FIRE TRUCK rides, etc. and our END OF SUMMER FAMILY FUN DAY with Games, Bounce House and Cotton Candy, followed by our ANNUAL GOLF CART SHOW AND PARADE and Farewell Summer Dance with "FUNHOUSE" (9/6). Also, last year we had our FIFTH Annual "Maple Park Cares" Event beginning in August and ending on Columbus Day Weekend. We raised $2,000 for THE BOSTON HOUSE! Proceeds from this weekend's FAMILY FUN DAY will be going toward this year's charity in hopes of matching or beating our 2019 total.
Limited Activities will be offered during these weekends but TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE WARM FALL WEATHER TO WALK THE CAPE COD CANAL OR VISIT THE CHRISTMAS TREE SHOPS ON THE CAPE. See office for directions and a list of LOCAL EVENTS which will be available for the month of September.
We have some truly "GRAND" activities planned for this weekend and SATURDAY EVENING KIDDIE AND ADULT KAROKE with MC Productions!
Unfortunately, after almost 50 years in operation, the Bourne Scallop Festival does not take place anymore...However, let's have our own "SEAFOOD FESTIVAL" at Maple Park. On September 21st , we will start our day with a beach inspired craft, followed by a "Chowder Contest" ($40. Gift Card for 1st, Place, $30. For 2nd and $20. For 3rd) at noon, an ocean themed paint party for kids and adults, and a "Seafood Pot Luck Supper" at 6:00. I'll be serving up some spaghetti with white clam sauce and garlic bread. What is everyone else bringing? Chowder, cod fish cakes, Shrimp Mozambique, fish sticks, clam cakes, even tuna salad sandwiches would work!
Join us for a SPECIAL HALLOWEEN EVENT FOR OUR FABULOUS FALL GUESTS WHO WILL BE LEAVING US ON SUNDAY! On Saturday afternoon, beginning at 3:30, we invite all Ghosts, Goblins, Princesses, Pirates, Zombies, etc. to join us in a costume parade followed by Site to Site Trick or Treating throughout the campground. Saturday Night, "LOOSE SCREWS" will be entertaining us in the Lodge. Costumes optional but WELCOME!
Site to Site Trick or Treating, pumpkin decorating contest, Halloween crafts, Scary movie, our Annual Adult Only Night with Harry French on Friday night, Columbus Day Weekend Craft Fair on Saturday (new crafters are always welcome), Our 6th Annual Harvest Carnival which is always a spectacular event, Our 53RD Annual Chicken BBQ catered by TAZZ BBQ (10/12), followed by our FINAL DANCE (can't believe it's over) OF THE 2020 SEASON with "FUNHOUSE"! Advance reservations required for Chicken BBQ! THIS IS ALSO THE FINAL WEEKEND OF OUR "MAPLE PARK CARES FOR KIDS" EVENT. SPECIAL RAFFLES AND OUR SPECTACULAR "PATH OF PUMPKINS FOR A CURE" WILL BE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS WEEKEND. REMEMBER, LAST YEAR WE RAISED $2,000 for THE BOSTON HOUSE! A GREAT, BIG THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS CAMPERS! Once again, we will choose a local charity near and dear to our hearts. Our hope is to match or beat that donation in 2020!