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Turtle Back Zoo Offers Family Nights and Zoo-vies in July and August


West Orange, NJ –Turtle Back Zoo will Have Family Nights with extended evening hours and free Zoo-vies in July and August.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays during the months of July and August, Turtle Back will have Family Nights with extended evening hours to 8:30 p.m., with the last admission to the Zoo at 8 p.m. In addition, on Wednesday evenings during July and August, Zoo-vies, featuring animal-related movies, will be shown on the top floor of the Turtle Back Zoo Parking Deck.

“Join us for Family Night when the Zoo has extended hours until 8:30 p.m. Take advantage of the late hours when temperatures are cooler and the workday is over,” DiVincenzo said. “In addition, come out for a family-friendly evening under the stars watching great movies on the top deck of our Zoo parking garage. It’s a great way to spend a summer night and experience Turtle Back in a completely different way,” he added.

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Family Nights will be held on Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19 and 26 and August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 and Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27 and August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

In addition, Thursdays in August are Pokémon GO Zoo Nights! Enjoy catching and battling unique creatures throughout the zoo with 17 PokeStops and 2 Gyms. Lures are released every half hour during the event.

Paid admission is required to enter the zoo each evening. Learn more about playing Pokémon Go at the Zoo at

Families coming to Zoo-vies should bring their own chair or blanket on which to sit. Films will begin at dusk. Admission to the movies is free, and movies will be cancelled in the event of rain. The schedule for Zoo-vies is as follows:

Wednesday, July 5th               Disneynature African Cats

Wednesday, July 12th             Tarzan

Wednesday, July 19th             The Adventures of Milo and Otis

Wednesday, July 26th             The Secret Life of Pets

Wednesday, August 2nd          Ferngully: The Last Rain Forest

Wednesday, August 9th          How to Train Your Dragon

Wednesday, August 16th        Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom

Wednesday, August 23rd        Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Wednesday, August 30th        Moana

Turtle Back Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Regular admission is $12 for children and senior citizens, $15 for adults and free for children under 2 years. For additional information, please call 973-731-5800 or

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