Pumpkin treats for zoo animals

Learn how to decorate sugar skulls for the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead at Philadelphia Magic Gardens.
Learn how to decorate sugar skulls for the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead at Philadelphia Magic Gardens.
Posted: October 12, 2013

Watch animals play with and devour pumpkins and other seasonal treats during Beast Feast this weekend at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Throughout the day, animals including hippos, bears, leopard cubs, and great apes will be given pumpkins to feast on courtesy of Linvilla Orchards. Guests can watch the animals enjoy their savory treats, some even downing whole large pumpkins in one bite. The beasts will feast every half-hour between 10 a.m and 3:30 p.m.


Beast Feast, Saturday and Sunday at the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. Zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Activities are included in admission, which is $20; $18 ages 2 to 11; free, members and 1 and younger. Information: 215-243-1100, www.philadelphiazoo.org

Keswick Village's 2d Annual Fall Festival

On Saturday, Keswick Village will hold its second annual fall festival from noon to 6 p.m. on Keswick Avenue in Glenside.

The festival will feature live performances throughout the day on the Penny Stage hosted by music group the Planets, who will also serve as emcee. Children can play in the kids' zone, which offers pumpkin- and face-painting, spin art, pumpkin tossing, and more. Strolling magicians will mystify and entertain.


Keswick Village's 2d Annual Fall Festival, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday on Keswick Avenue between Easton Road and Abington Ave, Glenside. Free. Rain date is Sunday. Information: www.keswickvillage.org

Family Jam: Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls at Philadelphia Magic Gardens

Peco presents Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls on Sunday as part of Philadelphia Magic Gardens' monthly Family Jam series. The event celebrates the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead.

Guests can honor their ancestors and deceased loved ones by decorating the garden's ofrenda, a traditional altar used to celebrate the holiday. Guests will also learn about the traditions of the holiday, and artist Nora Hiriart Litz will teach families how to decorate their own sugar skulls with colored frosting. Visitors can take a tour to see the garden's Mexican folk art at 1 and 3 p.m.


Family Jam: Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South St. Admission: $7, $3 ages 6 to 12, $5 for students and seniors. Free for ages 5 and younger. Family Jam workshop is free with admission. Information: 215-733-0390 or www.phillymagicgardens.org.

Contact Monica Peters at mpeters@phillynews.com

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