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 2017!

April

April 8 & 15: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
8 - 10 a.m.
Join the Easter Bunny for breakfast at the Zoo! This event includes exclusive early access to the Zoo, breakfast buffet, Easter egg hunt, photo time with the Easter Bunny, activities and special animal meet and greets. All proceeds from this event help care for the Zoo’s animals.
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April 22: Earth Day & Party for the Planet
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Zoo! Say hello to your favorite animal friends and watch a show on the Animal Encounter Stage.

April 29: Breakfast with the Penguins
8 - 10 a.m. 

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

May

May 6: Breakfast with the Penguins
8 - 10 a.m. 

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

May 13: Zoo Fun Run 
Race begins at 10 a.m.

It's the wildest kids race in town! This FREE, one mile race starts at 10 a.m. and all runners receive 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 arrive early to the event to sign up. This race is organized by Lincoln Fire and Rescue.

May 13: Animals Got Talent! 
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Get ready for the Zoo's Animals Got Talent! Visit all of your animal friends and learn about each of their special talents. Then cast your vote for your favorite! The Zoo will also have special shows at the animal encounter stage showcasing some of our most talented animals!

May 14: Mother's Day Celebration
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Make memories with Mom at the Zoo this Mother's Day! All moms receive one free train or free admission.

May 19: Endangered Species Day
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
| Presented by Lower Platte South Natural Resources District
Visit all of the endangered species that call the Zoo home!

May 27 - 29: Memorial Day Weekend
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Zoo is open all weekend! Come visit all of your favorite animals and join us for the 2017 season opening of Laura's Butterfly Pavilion! Check out over 150 butterflies at one of the Zoo's most popular summer stops.

June

June 2: Garden Party 
6 p.m. - 9 p.m. |
Presented 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 7: Wild Wednesday
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. |
Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry
The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. and stays 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 50 children who arrive starting at 5 p.m. will receive a free Zoo Frisbee!

June 8: World Oceans Day 
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 
Presented by Lower Platte South Natural Resources District
Celebrate World's Ocean Day and visit animals at the Zoo that are from an ocean or habitat is near the ocean!

June 10: Train Birthday Party
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. |
Presented by Kidwell
Celebrate the 54th Birthday of ZO&O Railroad. 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 14: Wild Wednesday
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 
Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry
The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. and stays 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 50 children who arrive starting at 5 p.m. will receive a free Zoo Frisbee!

June 17: Brews at the Zoo
6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
| Presented 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 craft beers from Zipline Brewery, Empyrean Ales, Thunderhead Brewing, Lucky Bucket Brewing, and more! Tickets include Zoo admission and three drinks.

June 18: Father's Day Celebration
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. |
Presented by Nebraska Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine
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 21: Wild Wednesday
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 
Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry
The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. and stays 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 50 children who arrive starting at 5 p.m. will receive a free Zoo Frisbee!

June 28: Wild Wednesday
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 
Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry
The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. and stays 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 50 children who arrive starting at 5 p.m. will receive a free Zoo Frisbee!

July

July 4 Weekend: Red, White and Zoo!
July 1, 2, 3 & 4 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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 4" x 6" American flag!
*Free admission applies to Active and Retired military only. ID required.

July 5: Wild Wednesday
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 
Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry
The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. and stays 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 12: Wild Wednesday 
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 
Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry
The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. and stays 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 17 - 23: 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 19: Wild Wednesday 
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 
Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry
The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. and stays 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 26: Wild Wednesday 
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 
Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry
The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. and stays 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

August 2: Wild Wednesday
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 
Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry
The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. and stays 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 9: Wild Wednesday
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 
Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry
The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. and stays 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 16: Wild Wednesday
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 
Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry
The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. and stays 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 23: Wild Wednesday
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 
Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry
The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. and stays 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 26: Red Panda Run
Race Begins at 8 a.m. | 
Presented by Ehlers Animal Care & Pediatric Dentistry
The Red Panda Run is a family fun run that starts at 8 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 admission to the Zoo for the day.
Registration will begin in June.

August 30: Wild Wednesday
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 
Presented by Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry
The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. and stays 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!

September

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 2 through 4: 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 2017 season.

September 10: Grandparents Day
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Celebrate Grandparents Day with one free admission or one free train ride for grandpa and grandma all day! Grandparents must be accompanied by a grandchild to receive free admission or train ride.

September 13: Member Extra Hours
9 a.m. - 7 p.m. |
Presented 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 for the first 1,000 members, giveaways for children and additional Animal Encounter shows! The Zoo is open to non-members 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September 20: Member Extra Hours
9 a.m. - 7 p.m. |
Presented 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 23: Breakfast with the Penguins
8 - 10 a.m. 

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

October

October 4: 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.

October 17: Last Day
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The last day of the 2017 Zoo season will be Tuesday, October 17th. 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. |
Presented 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.

December

December 1-3, 8-10 & 15-17: North Pole Express
Presented by Charter Communications
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! Lincoln Children’s Zoo members receive exclusive early access to purchase tickets. Tickets may sell out. Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended.

  • Visitors in 2016
    Visitors in 2016

    234,000

  • CAMPERS IN 2016
    CAMPERS IN 2016

    2,600

  • CREATURES CARED FOR
    CREATURES CARED FOR

    400