PALM DESERT/INDIAN WELLS – It’s going to be a magical day at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens’ annual Fairytales & Frog Day held Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is free to members or with paid park admission.

Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite fairytale character, explore the zoo and gardens, and experience the grand tea party. Popular princess characters, along with Fiona and Shrek, Freddy the Frog, and Mojave Maxine will be interacting with attendees and posing for photo opportunities.

Guests will enjoy entertainment by DJ Bazz, a magical maze, crystal ball bowling, corn hole frog toss, face painting, make-up station, crown decorating, arts and crafts and more. When the clock strikes noon, the Royal Ball Dance Party begins in the Living Legacy Garden.

“While Fairytales & Frog Day is geared toward younger children, guests of all ages can enjoy the special activities and experience The Living Desert as it becomes even more magical,” Erin Scott, Senior Manager, Brand, Marketing and Public Relations, said in a prepared statement. “Our daily activities such as giraffe and lorikeet feedings, keeper chats and carousel rides will also be available during the event.

fairytalesChildren aged 3-12 are invited to join Belle and Cinderella at one of the four Enchanted Private Tea Parties. These exclusive tea parties are $20 per child and include a photo opportunity with the princesses, along with a souvenir princess cup and special treat. Tea party times are scheduled for 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 11:30 p.m. Space is limited and the Enchanted Private Tea Parties will sell out and are an additional cost to zoo admission. Pre-registration for the Enchanted Private Tea Parties is available online at or by calling (760) 346-5694 ext 2001.

For additional information about Fairytales & Frog Day or The Living Desert, click here or call (760) 346-5694.

About The Living Desert:

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a nonprofit, accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, ensuring the highest standards of all aspects of animal care, education, conservation, public service, and operations. The Zoo is active in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the world, as well as in its own community. The Zoo has been a top attraction in the Palm Springs area for nearly 50 years. The Living Desert is located at 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260. For more information: (760) 346-5694 or visit