Smokey Bear, the symbol of wildland fire prevention, turns 73 this year. The Cradle of Forestry hosts this special bear’s birthday party each year. Smokey will help cut his birthday cake then meet and greet with his friends during the celebration.
Party time is from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Afterward a live animal program follows the party behind the Forest Discovery Center.
During the party there are activities and games, such as firefighting equipment, Smokey Bingo, pin the pail on the fire, write a birthday card for Smokey, and more. Party favor bags for children include a little book “The True Story of Smokey Bear,” Smokey Bear song, and Smokey memorabilia. Singing, story telling, and raffles are also included in the day.
The Cafe at the Cradle will be open for lunch, but families are also invited to pack their own picnic.
All activities during Smokey Bear’s Birthday Party will be held in front of the Forest Discovery Center.