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Grown-up fun: Zoo’s Beastly Bash an evening of games, beer, wine

Leave the kids at home and let loose during Beastly Bash 2017 at the ABQ BioPark Zoo.

“How often do you get to come to the zoo and experience it as an adult if you have kids?” asked Danielle Flores Mills, marketing and events coordinator for the New Mexico BioPark Society. “It’s great to have a good time with kids, but we want you guys to see animals as well – have fun at the zoo.”

The zoo’s central area is going to be open along the main paths, including the polar bear, elephant and giraffe areas and the catwalks. Zoo staff will close the areas once the sun goes down.

It’s all fun and games at the event on Saturday, Sept. 9. There is giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, tick-tack-toe, inflatable bowling, a pinball area and volleyball courts. Throw some punches and jabs using inflatable gloves on an inflatable boxing platform. Have some medieval fun with inflatable jousting. Try your hand at some gambling in the large casino area, which will feature blackjack and other poker-type games. All of the games and activities are free and included in the ticket price.

“We’re just always trying to expand, making sure there are activities for everybody out there,” Flores Mills said. “We’re adding a bunch of lawn games.”

The general admission ticket price includes one complimentary beer or wine. Alcohol also will be available for purchase. The VIP ticket includes a tequila tasting in a separate area. VIP guests will get to taste a variety of tequila samples.

“There will be beer,” Flores Mills said. “We’ll have a martini bar and we’ll have a long bar for those who want to purchase additional alcohol. We’ll also have food out there for purchase.”

All the proceeds from the event support the ABQ BioPark.

“The reason why we started this event is we are targeting young adults,” Flores Mills said. “These are going to be the next up-and-coming donors. They’re going to be the next up-and-coming families that are going to be BioPark Society members, and we thought we need to start looking at them and get them excited about what we do here – conservation, education – and we wanted to provide an event that was just for them, 21 and over.”