Free entry to the first 100 children who bring a donation.
Thousands of stuffed animals expected to be donated to local charities
Local children are getting a free day of fun at Zoo Miami, along with new teddy bears and more thanks to â€œTravelodgeâ€™s The Great Sleepy Bear Swap.â€
The special one-day event invites children and their families to bring a gently-used stuffed animal to the zoo to donate to charity in exchange for one free kidâ€™s admission and a brand new Sleepy Bear teddy bear.
While free admission is limited to the first 100 children who bring a donation, everyone at the zoo is able to participate in fun-filled activities including face painting and drawing contests along with giveaways such as bear tattoos, National Geographic activity books and Sleepy Bear masks. A keeper from the zoo will also be on hand to educate children about bears and the role they play in the wild.
â€œFor over 75 years, the Travelodge hotel brand has been delivering memorable experiences and giving back to the communities where our hotels are located,â€ said Mark Young, Travelodge brand senior vice president. â€œWith Travelodgeâ€™s The Great Sleepy Bear Swap, weâ€™re continuing both of these great traditions while giving everyone in the Miami area a chance to come out and say hi to Sleepy Bear, our beloved mascot.â€
Stuffed animals gathered from the events will be donated to Stuffed Animals for Emergencies (S.A.F.E.), a national organization that cleans and redistributes the toys to children in need. For every stuffed animal donated at the event, the Travelodge hotel brand will match it with a donation of three brand new Sleepy Bear teddy bears to the Starlight Childrenâ€™s Foundation, up to 1,500 bears. Starlight is the signature charity of Travelodge and parent company Wyndham Hotel Group.
â€œFor many children, the gift of a stuffed animal is a simple gesture that can help brighten their day, especially when youâ€™re talking about children facing severe illness and other hardships,â€ said Young. â€œStarlight and S.A.F.E. are both organizations that do great work with children across the country and weâ€™re delighted to be able to support them through these events.â€
Young also announced that the Travelodge brand would make a $10,000 donation through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in support of black bear conservation.
This is the fourth of five events to be hosted by Travelodge at zooâ€™s across America, with the last event scheduled to take place in San Francisco, Calif. on October 16, 2012. Previous locations included The Philadelphia Zoo in Philadelphia, Penn.; The Fort Worth Zoo in Fort Worth, Texas and the Los Angeles Zoo in Los Angeles. Additional details, including dates and times for all upcoming events, are available at www.Travelodge.com