Oglebay Park Good Zoo Treasure Hunt Attracts Dozens of Families

Dozens of area families turned out Friday morning for the Oglebay Good Zoo’s annual Treasure Hunt event. Four-year-old Michael Hall of Triadelphia is all smiles as he visits the Easter Bunny with several family members. The event is scheduled again today from 10 a.m. Photo by Scott McCloskey

Despite dark clouds and scattered rain showers, Oglebay Park’s Good Zoo was brightened with the colors of the Easter season Friday morning as dozens of area families turned out for the facility’s annual Treasure Hunt.

Dressed in brilliant colors, dozens of children walked with their families along the zoo’s maze of winding trails, as they collected sweet treats while visiting the many animal exhibits. In addition to a small basket, each participating child received a treasure map and had the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny.

Whether it was watching the playful North American River Otters swim in a large aquarium exhibit, or feeding lorikeets at the zoo’s Lorikeet Landing interactive bird feeding experience, the event brought smiles to many participating children and adults.

Good Zoo Director Joe Greathouse said families have been enjoying the Treasure Hunt event for more than three decades. He said it is the second most attended zoo event of the year, just behind Boo at the Zoo in the fall.

“It’s really the kickoff of our spring season,” Greathouse said.

He said visitors are able to experience a lot of fun things and exhibits.

“So we have a couple of wallaby joeys out in the exhibit now, so we are kind of calling it our ‘Hop into Spring’ with the Easter Bunny and the wallabies,” he added.

Kim Malechowski of Tiltonsville said the Treasure Hunt is a great family event.

“I really like it. … They love the animals,” Malechowski said while visiting Lorikeet Landing with two her daughters. “I’ve been to the zoo before (and) this year we are going to try out a membership and come a lot more often.”

Greathouse said since Texas Roadhouse is a sponsor of this year’s event, each participating child also receives a coupon for a free kid’s meal at the local restaurant. The event is scheduled again today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call the zoo office at 304-243-4100.

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