Events

Events at the Zoo

Lincoln Children's Zoo offers a variety of exciting and interactive events. Check back often to see what the Zoo has in store for 2016!

June 1: Wild Wednesday 
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry

The Zoo is open late 'til 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June, July & August. Every Wednesday the Zoo will feature special animal demonstrations on the Animal Encounter Stage! Plus, the first 100 children who arrive starting at 5 p.m. will receive a free Zoo Frisbee!

June 3: Garden Party 
6 p.m. - 9 p.m. |
Sponsored by Nebraska Lottery

This unique fundraising event includes drinks, dinner, auction and appearances by our Zoo residents. Garden Party is an evening of sophisticated fun, that raises money to support the Zoo's animals, educational programming and conservation efforts.

June 8: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry

The Zoo is open late 'til 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June, July & August. Every Wednesday the Zoo will feature special animal demonstrations on the Animal Encounter Stage! Plus, the first 100 children who arrive starting at 5 p.m. will receive a free Zoo Frisbee!

June 11: Train Birthday Party
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Sponsored by Kidwell

Celebrate the 53rd Birthday of ZO&O. Each hour we will randomly select a child to be our kid conductor on the train. Train rides will be $2 all day! Plus, model trains provided by the Lincoln Area Railway Historical Society.

June 15: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry

The Zoo is open late 'til 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June, July & August. Every Wednesday the Zoo will feature special animal demonstrations on the Animal Encounter Stage! Plus, the first 100 children who arrive starting at 5 p.m. will receive a free Zoo Frisbee!

June 19: Father's Day Celebration
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This Father's Day at the Zoo all dads receive one free train or free admission! Bring dad out for a fun day at the Lincoln Children's Zoo!

June 22: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry

The Zoo is open late 'til 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June, July & August. Every Wednesday the Zoo will feature special animal demonstrations on the Animal Encounter Stage! Plus, the first 100 children who arrive starting at 5 p.m. will receive a free Zoo Frisbee!

June 25: Breakfast with the Penguins
8 - 10 a.m. 

This is your chance to feed a penguin! Your ticket includes a buffet breakfast, photo time with Pacific the Penguin (the Zoo's mascot) and a once in a lifetime opportunity to feed the Zoo’s penguins.
Click here for tickets and more information.

July 4 Weekend: Red, White and Zoo!
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | July 2, 3 and 4

Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Zoo! Get $1 hot dogs, $2 burgers and $4 mega snow cones at the Safari Cafe! Active and retired military get free admission all weekend and the entire family can explore the Zoo and learn about animals that are native to America. Plus, the first 100 children entering the Zoo each day will receive a FREE 4x6" American flag!

July 6: Wild Wednesday 
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry

The Zoo is open late 'til 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June, July & August. Every Wednesday the Zoo will feature special animal demonstrations on the Animal Encounter Stage! Plus, the first 100 children who arrive starting at 5 p.m. will receive a free Zoo Frisbee!

July 13: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry

The Zoo is open late 'til 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June, July & August. Every Wednesday the Zoo will feature special animal demonstrations on the Animal Encounter Stage! Plus, the first 100 children who arrive starting at 5 p.m. will receive a free Zoo Frisbee!

July 16: Brews at the Zoo
6 p.m. - 11 p.m. | Sponsored by U-Stop

It's time for adults 21 and over to enjoy some tasty craft beers and amazing music at the Zoo! This year's event features live music by local folk country singer/songwriter Evan Bartels, cover band Loose Affiliation and craft beers from Zipline Brewery, Empyrean Ales, Thunderhead Brewing, Lucky Bucket Brewing, and more! Tickets include Zoo admission and three drinks. 

July 18 - 22: National Zookeeper Week

We are celebrating National Zookeeper Week! All of the Zookeepers at the Zoo spend countless hours giving our animals the best care. Next time you see one of them, be sure to tell them thanks and stop by The Hive to write them a letter!

July 20: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry

The Zoo is open late 'til 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June, July & August. Every Wednesday the Zoo will feature special animal demonstrations on the Animal Encounter Stage! Plus, the first 100 children who arrive starting at 5 p.m. will receive a free Zoo Frisbee!

July 27: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry

The Zoo is open late 'til 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June, July & August. Every Wednesday the Zoo will feature special animal demonstrations on the Animal Encounter Stage! Plus, the first 100 children who arrive starting at 5 p.m. will receive a free Zoo Frisbee!

July 28: Rock with the Crocs featuring Recess Monkey
6:30 p.m.

Nationally acclaimed children's artists, Recess Monkey, will be appearing at Rock with the Crocs at Lincoln Children's Zoo! Recess Monkey, from Seattle, is known for their high-energy shows and great lyrics. Their music is loved by not only children but adults too.
Click here for tickets and more information. 

July TBD: Breakfast with the Penguins
8 - 10 a.m.

This is your chance to feed a penguin! Your ticket includes a buffet breakfast, photo with Pacific the Penguin (the Zoo's mascot), special meet and greet with Topper the Penguin and a once in a lifetime opportunity to feed the Zoo’s penguins.

August 3: Wild Wednesday 
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry

The Zoo is open late 'til 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June, July & August. Every Wednesday the Zoo will feature special animal demonstrations on the Animal Encounter Stage! Plus, the first 100 children who arrive starting at 5 p.m. will receive a free Zoo Frisbee!

August 10: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry

The Zoo is open late 'til 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June, July & August. Every Wednesday the Zoo will feature special animal demonstrations on the Animal Encounter Stage! Plus, the first 100 children who arrive starting at 5 p.m. will receive a free Zoo Frisbee!

August 17: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry

The Zoo is open late 'til 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June, July & August. Every Wednesday the Zoo will feature special animal demonstrations on the Animal Encounter Stage! Plus, the first 100 children who arrive starting at 5 p.m. will receive a free Zoo Frisbee!

August 20: Red Panda Run
Race Begins at 8:30 a.m.

The Red Panda Run is a family fun run that starts at 8:30 a.m. and is great for any age! After you cross the finish line inside the Zoo, you can explore and meet over 400 animals that live there! Participants will receive a Red Panda Run t-shirt, medal and registration will begin June 16th. 

August 24: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry

The Zoo is open late 'til 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June, July & August. Every Wednesday the Zoo will feature special animal demonstrations on the Animal Encounter Stage! Plus, the first 100 children who arrive starting at 5 p.m. will receive a free Zoo Frisbee!

Senior Discount Days: Every Tuesday and Thursday in September
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Senior citizens (62 and older) receive half price admission every Tuesday and Thursday in the month of September. 

September 3 through 5: Labor Day Weekend
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Zoo is open all weekend! Come visit all of your favorite animals and visit Laura's Butterfly Pavilion one last time before it closes for the 2016 season.

September 7: Member Extra Hours
9 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Sponsored by First National Bank

Lincoln Children's Zoo members get exclusive extra hours from 9 to 10 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Plus, take advantage of great perks including discounted train rides, free cookies from Runza, giveaways for children and additional Animal Encounter shows! The Zoo is open to non-members 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September 14: Member Extra Hours 
9 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Sponsored by First National Bank

Lincoln Children's Zoo members get exclusive extra hours from 9 to 10 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Plus, take advantage of great perks including discounted train rides, free cookies from Runza, giveaways for children and additional Animal Encounter shows! The Zoo is open to non-members 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September TBD: Breakfast with the Penguins
8 - 10 a.m. 

This is your chance to feed a penguin! Your ticket includes a buffet breakfast, printed event photo and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to feed the Zoo's penguins!

October 16: Last Day
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The last day of the 2016 Zoo season will be Sunday, October 18th. Be sure to bring the whole family to the Zoo one more time!

October 26 - 30: Boo at the Zoo
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Sponsored by Spreetail

Boo at the Zoo is Lincoln's largest trick-or-treat event. The entire family will love stopping at over 40 trick-or-treat booths to get candy, coupons, and more. All of the money raised during Boo at the Zoo directly supports the Zoo and its animals.

October TBD: Sensory Safari 
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Visually and sensory impaired guests will have the opportunity to touch, feel, hear, and smell at interpretative stations located throughout the Zoo. Zoo guides will lead tours to each station and nature experts from organizations across Nebraska will engage visitors at these interpretative stations. Sensory Safari is possible through a partnership with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

December TBD: North Pole Express 

The North Pole Express is Lincoln's only train offering services to Santa's Village!  
 
After departing the train, your travels will take you through Candy Cane Lane where you'll stop at The Hive to write your official letter to Santa and see some of his favorite animal friends. Continue down Candy Cane Lane to meet the Big Man himself! After visiting Santa, enjoy treats made by the Elves, hot chocolate and candy canes. Be careful not to fill up on candy canes because your next stop is Mrs. Claus's Bakery to decorate your very own cookie! Next, head to the Gumdrop Stage and Rudolph's Animal Kingdom Building to encounter more of Santa's animal and zookeeper friends. Santa and his elves can't wait to see you!