ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry invites kids of all ages to Smokey Bear’s Birthday Party on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Smokey Bear turns 70 years old this year.
The fire prevention bear will help cut his birthday cake and meet and greet his friends during the celebration. Admission is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for youth ages 4-15 and America the Beautiful and Golden Age pass holders. Admission is free for children under four years old.
Activities during Smokey Bear’s Birthday Party are held in front of the Forest Discovery Center, indoors if it is raining. The fun includes music, making birthday cards, fire-fighting equipment demonstrations, Smokey Bingo, Pin-the-Pail on the Campfire, prize drawings, birthday cake and of course, Smokey Bear. Party favor bags for children include a little book “The True Story of Smokey Bear,” the Smokey Bear song and Smokey memorabilia. Families are welcome to pack a picnic. Hob Nob at the Cradle will offer barbeque during the party.
At 1:30 p.m., the party continues with a live animal program. Meet native wildlife and learn about their lives in Smokey’s woods.
11:00 – Welcome, children’s music, Smokey Bear Song
11:00-12:30 – Smokey Bear games and crafts
11:15 – Smokey arrives to greet his friends
11:30 – Songs about Smokey’s forests and animal friends; prize drawings
12:25 – Smokey returns after visiting his forest
12:30 – Happy Birthday Song and cake
12:35 – More prizes and grand prize (Smokey doll)
1:00 – Games and crafts end; party-goers are invited to explore the Forest Discovery Center
1:30- 2:30 – Live animal program
Throughout the day, guests are invited to enjoy all the Cradle of Forestry has to offer. Visitors can explore the 15 hands-on exhibits in the Forest Discovery Center, including the firefighting helicopter simulator and the scavenger hunt. A collection of Smokey artwork by Rudy Wendelin, famed Smokey Bear illustrator who created Smokey’s image as we know him today, is on display. The Adventure Zone offers exploration and play designed for children along the autism spectrum, but enjoyed by everyone. Smokey’s party, the Forest Discovery Center, and the Cradle’s two interpretive trails are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
The Cradle of Forestry is located on U.S. Highway 276 in the Pisgah National Forest along the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 412. For more information, call the Cradle of Forestry at 828-877-3130 or online at www.cradleofforestry.org.