By Kristy Kneiding

Princes, princesses and all other fairytale characters are invited to join in the celebration of Fairytales & Frog Day at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens on Saturday February 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Festivities are free with paid admission to The Living Desert.

Children are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume for the magical day where fairytales come alive. All royal subjects attending will receive a crown to decorate and have a chance to get their face painted or makeup done to complete their regal look. Kids can show off their costumes as they strut the official catwalk or strike a pose in the photo booth. Photo opportunities will be plentiful as several costumed characters, including Freddy the Frog, and Frozen and Guardian Princesses will be on hand to entertain attendees.

Fairytales & Frog Day will also feature a maze, bounce houses, crafts, music, a special cornhole frog toss, a keeper chat with frogs, and more. Guests also will enjoy the “Toad”ally Royal Tea Party complete with tea and treats from Rita’s Italian Ice.


New this year, attendees can enter a raffle for a chance to participate in the Desert Wonderland Tea Party which includes a special storytelling by a surprise character, an exclusive animal encounter, and a private carousel ride with the princesses. The cost is $5 per raffle ticket.

Fairytales & Frog Day will be held at the Miriam U. Hoover Discovery Center and Gecko Gulch at The Living Desert. For more information visit or call (760) 346-5694.