April 28, 2000

Seaworld Celebrates Día del Niño

Children of all ages are invited to kid around at Sea-World on April 29 and 30 during a celebration of children and Hispanic heritage called Día Del Niño. The event kicks off Saturday when 50 children from nine countries will be sworn in as American citizens. The Immigration and Naturalization-sponsored ceremony will led by U.S. Magistrate Leo Papas and take place at 9:15 a.m. at SeaWorld's Main Entrance Plaza.

"Día Del Niño in Spanish means `day of the child,' and that is exactly what SeaWorld is all about, children and families," said Bill Davis, SeaWorld general manager. "We are honored to be a part of this Hispanic celebration and plan to make these days an unforgettable experience for everyone."

Hispanic ambiance will fill SeaWorld during this two-day celebration. Guests will enjoy special decorations highlighting the region's rich Latino heritage, strolling mariachi, special performances by a Ballet Folklorico dance troupe, food discounts, animal visits, and more.

Other weekend festivities include a guest appearance from child star Ashley Monique Clark from ABC-TV's The Hughleys. Clark will appear Saturday at the 11:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. dolphin shows, and the 1 p.m. bird show.

Special animal visits will take place at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day at the Main Entrance Plaza and Wild Arctic. Bilingual tour guides will be available to answer questions regarding the animals. Also for bilingual guests, SeaWorld's popular behind-the-scenes tours will be conducted in Spanish twice a day.

Guests also will want to visit Plaza Del Sol, a special exhibit dedicated to Latino culture. People of all ages and ethnic backgrounds will enjoy the Plaza's interactive stations, multi-colored design, and displays paying tribute to Latino who have made unique contributions in specific fields.

Youngsters will not want to miss SeaWorld's Small Wonders program. The park's world-renown breeding programs are showcased through this fun, family activity. Participants will receive a Small Wonders card that take them on a self-guided tour spotlighting 10 Small Wonders animal areas. Some of the Small Wonders include two arctic foxes, Boris and Natasha, at Wild Arctic, and Stephanie, a foal at the Clydesdale paddock. There also are several baby dolphins at Rocky Point Preserve.

After visiting each Small Wonders animal area and having the card stamped by a park educator, participants can go to Guest Relations to receive a free, Small Wonders book. The 61-page book includes baby photos, activities, and a suggested reading list to learn more about SeaWorld's famous animals.

To further celebrate children on April 29 and 30, youngsters 3 to 11 years old receive a free child admission with a full paying adult when they present proof of purchase from eight Gerber products. Guests must redeem their proof of purchases Saturday or Sunday at the Gerber products booth sponsored by K-LOVE and LaNueva radio stations, located at the park's main entrance.

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