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Zoominations Chinese Lantern and Light Festival at Tampa Lowry Park Zoo

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When I saw the advertisement of Zoominations, I was immediately drawn to it and was memorized by the lights. I NEEDED to go see this light festival. The festival is showing until May. I found a way to see it cheaper than the gate price. I wouldn’t be “Freebie Chick” if I saw it at full price right? I saw a deal on Livingsocial, buy 1 Adult and 1 Youth ticket for $24.95. It’s like buy one get one free.

If you want to check to see if they have that deal still (or any deals), you can get a free $10 Deal Bucks if you sign up for Livingsocial here!


Zoominations has an option to add-on a Asian buffet dinner show with Chinese entertainment for $20 extra per person per ticket.  We did not do the dinner show so we got into Zoominations before dark, around 6:15 PM. The festival was of course lighted, but you couldn’t really tell how beautiful it all was until it got dusk. When it got dark, the festival REALLY begun. The lights popped against the dark black sky. You could see lights everywhere you looked. From Panda bears, to Chinese Dragons, there was a display for everyone to enjoy.


I walked around the exhibit during the day and then at night. If you watch my video, you can see how most everything looks during the day and then compared at night. My favorite area lit up was the water display, called “Fish Frolic in Lotus Pond”. I also enjoyed the adorable Panda’s! Okay, actually the whole Zomminations was amazing. The pictures and video won’t do it justice. You have to go see this yourself!

There are 30 different kinds of light decorations.  You will get a map to show you the route.  Here are all the different light and lantern displays you can see.

To see a larger view, just click the picture

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There is also two shows which showcase Chinese acrobats like, juggling, hula hooping, and neck swinging. I doubt those are the correct terminology of these feats, but they all were entertaining.  The showtimes are at 7 and 9 PM in front of the Temple of Heaven.

The only ride that is open is the Carousel ride.  There were no animals to view, although we saw a Anoa watching people walk by.


At the gate at Tampa Lowry Park Zoo Zoominations prices are as follows:

Adults (12-59) – $24.95
Seniors (60+) – $22.95
Youth (3-11) – $19.95
Children (0-2) – FREE

It’s open from February 28th, 2015 – May 31st, 2015
Sunday – Thursday from 6 -10 PM, Friday and Saturday from 6- 11 PM.

May hours: 6-10PM Sun-Thurs | 6-11PM Fri & Sat
June hours: 7-10PM Wednesdays through Sundays

Remember to check Livingsocial or Groupon first to see if there is a deal out there!  That’s how I got my tickets cheaper!


Zoominations Facebook Page

Their Facebook page posted my review!


Islands of Adventure Universal Orlando for a toddler Review

We recently went to Islands of Adventure in Orlando Florida.  This is the second park from Universal Studios in Orlando.  It opened in 1999, being the 2nd addition to the Universal Resort.

There are 6 different themed islands inside Islands of Adventure.  If you’re bringing a toddler here, I’ve compiled a list and a printable map for you to use if you want to make sure you see all of the attractions that your toddler can see.

Printable map
I took the Islands of Adventure map from the Universal Studios website and highlighted in green all the attractions for toddlers.  Click the map below and it will blow up to full size and you can print it.

If you are with another adult, you can always use the Switching Off method (a.k.a. “Rider Swap,” “Baby Swap” or “Child Swap”) so that both parents can enjoy the attractions when the child/children do not meet the height requirements. When you approach the ride line, there will be a ride host standing there.  Just tell that person that you want to do the Switching Off method and they will direct you as to what to do from there. Every attraction seems to have a different way of doing it, but the jist is one parent stays behind watching the baby/toddler and the other rides.  When the first parent rider is done riding the attraction, the parent watching the child switches attending the child to the parent that just rode the attraction.  If there is another person in your party, that person can ride with both parents.  Bonus for that person!  The ride attendants will explain how to do this once you are in line.
HINT* Just keep telling all the ride attendants in the whole line that you want to do the Switching Off/Rider Swap method.   This way no one can say you didn’t mention it to the last ride attendant.

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Seuss Landing
Your toddler is in luck here.  This land was made for them!

If I Ran The Zoo
Make sure you bring a change of clothes.  The reason is because there are a few play lands that squirt water at the youngsters.  They will get really wet if they are fond of the water areas.

You’re probably wondering why I didn’t highlight the,  “The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride” in Seuss Landing. This is because your child has to be 40 inches or above.  Most toddlers are about this but I just didn’t want to include this ride in case your toddler is not 40 inches tall.  My son was 36 inches tall and he was unable to ride this attraction, but he could ride the fast and higher Flight of the Hippogriff.  My son and I were disappointed, because the “High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride” clearly is a child’s ride.  I asked the ride attendant why a slower, more kid friendly ride has a height requirement so tall.  The ride attendant told me that it used to be 36 inches or taller, but they were having problems with children getting out from underneath the lap bars while the ride was in motion.  So they had to raise the inches for the safety of the childrens sake.

The rest of the rides are easy slow rides that your toddler will enjoy, especially the “Cat in the Hat” ride.

The Lost Continent
Your toddler will love the Sinbad and Poseidon show.  I’ve found that most toddlers love watching live action shows.  They seem mesmerized by it.

The Mystic Fountain here will squirt water.  It’s not a show or ride, but the fountain will interact with most people.  It will tell jokes and play music.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
My son just turned three and he was exactly 36 inches.  Use your discretion if you think it may be too fast or high for your child/children.

Flight of the Hippogriff is a roller coaster for children 36 inches or above.  It is located next to Hogwarts Castle.  Adults can ride this coaster too without a child in attendance.

Hogwarts Express – Hogsmeade Station is the train that takes you to Universal Studios.  You cannot board this train without a Park to Park admission ticket.
You can walk through the line to go see the train if you are a die hard Harry Potter fan.  This is the only way you will be able to see the train.  But if you have the Park to Park ticket, you’re in luck!
This train is more than a train, it has a window that you look out of to see the train passing places from the movie.  Watch the door you came in, there are shadows of people standing in the train car and talking, it was really realistic.

Ollivanders is a walkthrough interactive area.  There are no rides in there.  I do not think you can bring your stroller inside either, so be prepared to possibly hold your toddler.  It is dark is some spots to show the interactive parts.

Live Performances seem to entertain the little ones as well as the bigger ones.

Jurassic Park
Pteranodon Flyer’s is a mid height sky ride.  You have to sit separately behind or in front of your toddler.  Make sure he/she will not be scared from this before riding.  The height requirement is only 38 inches so many toddlers can ride this.

Camp Jurassic is an outdoor play area.  It has some water misters in there too.

Jurassic Park Discovery Center is an indoor play area and learning center.  You can pose next to life size dinosaur skeletons here!

Toon Lagoon
Me Ship, The Olive is a boat playground.  It has really beautiful views of the lagoon and the Hulk roller coaster.

For being named Toon Lagoon, it only has this one thing toddlers can play on.  No rides.  The other two water rides you have to be at least 42 and 44 inches.

Marvel Superhero Island
Storm Force Accelatron is the only ride toddlers can ride here.  It’s a twirly one.  The rest of this land is for an older child and adults.  It’s fun to watch the roller coasters though.  Toddler seem to like that too!

Universal Studios has more for a toddler and I’m working on that post as you read this!

#Universal #UniversalStudios #IslandsofAdventure #ThemePark #toddlervacation #Orlando

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