About the Event

For 27 years, Making Headway has hosted Family Fun Day for families that have had a child diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumor. Over 400 children and their families are invited for a day of free fun, music, adventures, and VIP Zoo admissions. We are back in 2022 and Family Fun Day will be at the world-famous Bronx Zoo. This event will feature clowns, face-painters, games, art activities, build-a-bear, VR experiences, and so much more. Every guest will also get a VIP Zoo pass to enjoy after the party ends.

Register to Attend

Registering for Family Fun Day is now closed. If you missed the deadline you can call us at 914-238-8384, but we may not have any additional space.. Just ask for Jennifer or Dan.

This event is open to any family that has a child diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumor. Guests can only include the child, parents, and any siblings.

Where and When

August 21, 2022

11:00am – 2:00pm: Making Headway Party & Lunch
10:00am – 5:00pm: Enjoy the Zoo

Bronx Zoo, Dancing Crane Plaza
2300 Southern Boulevard Bronx, New York 10460
(Zoo Map)


Free Shuttle from the Bronx and from the Hassenfeld Center
Making Headway will provide a free shuttle to and from the NYU Hassenfeld Center to the Zoo. The shuttle will leave Hassenfeld promptly at 10am. The shuttle will leave the Zoo promptly at 5:30pm to return. If you would like to reserve a spot, you must let us know when you register.

GSP Address: 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10460
For detailed driving directions, click here.

Free Parking
Parking Lot C is the closest to the Dancing Crane Pavilion, and we highly recommend you park in this lot. Parking at this lot is free, just tell the gate attendant that you are with Making Headway. Parking in other lots is not free. There are a number of handicapped parking spaces at the front of Parking Lot C, very close to the entrance.

Public Transportation
Subway: ADA-accessible route: #2 train to Pelham Parkway. This station has three elevators* that lead down to street level. Head west to the Zoo’s Bronx River entrance (Gate B).

Bus: In the Bronx, take Bx9 or Bx19 buses to 183rd Street and Southern Blvd, which is the location of the Zoo’s Southern Blvd pedestrian entrance (Gate C). Or take the Bx12 or Bx22 buses to Fordham Road and Southern Blvd, then walk 5 blocks south on Southern Blvd to 183rd Street. From Queens, you can take the Q44 to 180th Street and Boston Road. You must then walk north (take a right on Boston Road) one block to the Bronx Zoo’s Asia gate entrance (Gate A).


Call Jennifer Samuels at 914-238-8384
Email: jennifer@makingheadway.org

About Making Headway

The discovery that a child has a brain or spinal cord tumor changes everything. The future becomes uncertain; families struggle with anxiety and fear. A strong medical team can help a family take its first crucial steps forward. But reconstructing a life and nurturing a family devastated by the emotional and physical demands of treatment and its aftermath go beyond what a medical environment can provide. That’s where Making Headway comes in.