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Fort Worth Date Night: Built-in Tuxedo

BY MIKE BLOOMBERG
February 05, 2010

Do the names Burt Ward and Adam West ring a bell? When I was a child, I could not wait to get home from school so I could watch these caped crusaders fight crime every afternoon. These were the actors who portrayed Batman and Robin in the TV series.

Several movies have been made based on these comic book characters throughout the years. Often fighting evil wrongdoers such as Mr. Freeze, The Joker, The Riddler and, one of my personal favorites, The Penguin, played brilliantly by Burgess Meredith.

The Penguin was just cool. He had a little bit of swagger to him. Always carrying a sort of calm and laid back confidence while wearing a formal tuxedo. Much like that of a real penguin. Fortunately, for real penguins, they arrive donning the formal attire.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t start talking about Valentine’s Day. It’s one week from this weekend. Sure, there are still reservations available at some great eateries around town. Or, you could opt to stay in an celebrate in a more private manner and cook for the just the two of you. Or, you could celebrate by giving her a penguin. Yep, I said it. A penguin.

Not only a penguin, but, an entire zoo. Well, you won’t exactly get to keep a penguin, but, you can adopt one. This year, the Fort Worth Zoo is offering up some great packages for Valentine’s Day. Four different packages, two of which include two very hip parties, one on Saturday, the 13th, and one on Sunday, Valentine’s night, the 14th. Here are how the packages are broken down.

Penguin Pals – $40

This package includes $25 “advocate” level adoption benefits, plus photo – Personalized Adoption Certificate – Animal Fact Sheet – One Zoo publication – 4×6 color photo11″ African black-footed penguin plush animal Gummy penguins from Dylan’s Candy BarWrapped up in a red gable box and tied with grosgrain pink ribbon and penguin scallop-edged sticker

Love Birds – $75

$50 “sponsor” level adoption benefits – Personalized Adoption Certificate – Animal Fact Sheet – One-year subscription to Zoo publications – 4×6 color photo11″ African black-footed penguin plush animal Gummy penguins from Dylan’s Candy BarTwo general admission Zoo passes to visit the penguins! Wrapped up in a red gable box and tied with grosgrain pink ribbon and penguin scallop-edged sticker

Penguin Party – $175

February 13, 2010 at 7 p.m.$50 “sponsor” level adoption benefits – Personalized Adoption Certificate – Animal Fact Sheet – One-year subscription to Zoo publications – 4×6 color photo – 11″ African black-footed penguin plush animal – Milk chocolate penguin from Schakolad Chocolate FactoryWrapped up in a red gable box and tied with pink grosgrain ribbon and scallop-edged penguin sticker Invitation for two to the February 13 Penguin Party, which includes: – Passed Hors d’Oeuvres and seated dinner – Open bar – Interactive game – we’ll need audience participation! – Meet and greet with our penguins – Photo with one of our penguins by photographer Jill JohnsonPlus, each couple will get to take home from the party: – A bottle of “Little Penguin” wine – An African black-footed penguin favor box filled with gummy penguins from Dylan’s Candy Bar

Tux Club – $250

February 14, 2010 6 p.m.$50 “sponsor” level adoption benefits – Personalized Adoption Certificate – Animal Fact Sheet – One-year subscription to Zoo publications – 4×6 color photo – 11″ African black-footed penguin plush animal – Milk chocolate penguin from Schakolad Chocolate FactoryWrapped up in a red gable box and tied with pink grosgrain ribbon and scallop-edged penguin sticker Invitation for two to the February 14 Penguin Party, which includes: – Seating for two at your own table – Passed Hors d’Oeuvres and seated dinner – Open bar – Interactive game – we’ll need audience participation! – Meet and greet with our penguins – Photo with one of our penguins by photographer Jill Johnson Plus, each couple will get to take home from the party: – A bottle of “Little Penguin” wine – An African black-footed penguin favor box filled with gummy penguins from Dylan’s Candy Bar – A keepsake Valentine’s Day ceramic plate with hand-painted penguins

The Valentine’s Penguin Party and Tux Club invitations are for two adults, 21 and over only. No exceptions. The parties have limited availability and historically sell out quickly, so don’t wait to order.

Want to do something outside-the-box this year for the most romantic weekend of the year? Do you want to be just the average couple or do you want to be the pair that your friends refer to as the “cool ones?” Do you want to be arrested for committing a relationship crime and not planning a great Valentine’s? If so, and you see the Bat Signal in the sky next weekend, you know who they are looking for.

For complete details on the Fort Worth Zoo’s Valentine’s packages, please visit: www.fortworthzoo.org

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