Events at the Zoo

Lincoln Children's Zoo offers a variety of exciting and interactive events. Check back often to see what is happening next at the Zoo.


Opening Day
Wednesday April 9
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Zoo opens for the 2014 year. See what's new at the Zoo!

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Saturday April 19
8 - 10 a.m.
Join the Easter Bunny for breakfast at the Zoo! This pancake buffet includes an Easter egg hunt, 5 X 7 photo with the Easter Bunny, activities and special animal meet and greets. All proceeds from this event help care for the Zoo’s animals. Advance tickets required.
Purchase tickets here

Party for the Planet
Saturday, April 26
Celebrate Earth Day at the Zoo! Say hello to your favorite animal friends while completing a conservation scavenger hunt plus learn about recycling and take part in other fun actives.


Mother's Day at the Zoo
Sunday, May 11
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Moms receive free admission or one free train ticket.

Zoo Fun Run
Saturday, May 17
10 a.m.
This is the wildest kids race in town. The one mile race starts at 10 a.m. and all runners get a free train ride. Have lunch at Safari Café and stay to see how a real fire truck works, go inside a police car, plus other great surprises. You can sign your child up in advance by visiting Lincoln Fire and Rescue or just come early on Saturday and sign up. This race is organized by Lincoln Fire and Rescue.
Register here.

Runza Reading Day
Saturday, May 31
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Your favorite children’s books will come to life at the Zoo this weekend. Stop by
and listen to stories read by local heroes and celebrities. Get an activity bag for
kids, free train rides for the first 350 children, and other fun activities. After listening
to stories, explore the Zoo to interact with over 300 animals.


Wild Wednesdays
Stay late until 8 p.m. every Wednesday, June through August. Watch special animal demonstration and more!

World Ocean Day
Wednesday, June 4
5 - 8 p.m.
Explore the Zoo and learn about the world's oceans as well as water conservation.

Zoo Closes Early
Friday, June 6 at 3 p.m. for Zoo fundraiser.

Garden Party
Friday, June 6
6 p.m.
Lincoln Children's Zoo's annual fundraiser. Check back for ticket information.

Summer Kick-Off at the Zoo
Saturday, June 7
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Start your summer at the Zoo. Featuring special animal demonstrations throughout
the day, face painting for children, live music and fun food specials at the Safari Café.

Train Birthday Party
Saturday, June 14
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Celebrate the 51st Birthday of Z.O.&O with discounted train rides,
conductor of the day contest and fun train activities!

Father's Day at the Zoo
Sunday, June 15
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dads receive free admission or one free train ticket.