Events

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.


June 3: Wild Wednesday 
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Sponsored by McDonalds

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!

June 3: World Ocean's Day
10 a.m. - 8 p.m. | Sponsored by Lower Platte South Natural Resources District

Visit all of your favorite animal friends at the Zoo to help them celebrate World Ocean's Day!

June 6: Breakfast with the Penguins
8 - 10 a.m. | Tickets

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.

June 6: Animals Got Talent! 
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Get ready for the Zoo's first ever 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!

June 10: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Sponsored by McDonalds

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!

June 12: Garden Party 
6 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Tickets | 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 13: Train Birthday Party
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Sponsored by Kidwell

Celebrate the 52nd Birthday of Z.O.&O. Each hour we will randomly select a child to be our kid conductor on the train. Plus, as a part of our 50th anniversary, train rides are 50 cents OFF all day! 

June 17: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Sponsored by McDonalds

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!

June 20: Runza's Jammin at the Zoo
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Sponsored by Runza

The Zoo is teaming up with Runza to bring you a day full of music, animals, and some of your child's favorite books! Stop by and enjoy a live children's band that will play all morning and stick around to listen to stories read by local heroes and celebrities! After listening to stories, explore the Zoo to interact with over 400 animals!

June 21: Father's Day Celebration
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Sponsored by Lexus of Lincoln

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 24: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Sponsored by McDonalds

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!

 

July 1: Wild Wednesday 
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Sponsored by McDonalds

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!

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

Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Zoo! Active and retired military get free admission and the entire family can explore the Zoo and learn about animals that are native to America.

July 8: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Sponsored by McDonalds

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!

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

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. NEW for 2015 - A limited number of VIP tickets will be available. VIP tickets include an exclusive behind the scenes penguin feeding in the penguin pool area, three drinks, a free meal and access to the VIP room. For ticket purchase, please visit the Brews at the Zoo web page.

July 18: Breakfast with the Penguins
8 - 10 a.m. | Tickets

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.

July 19 - 25: 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! 

July 22: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Sponsored by McDonalds

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!

July 29: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Sponsored by McDonalds

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!

 

August 5: Wild Wednesday 
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Sponsored by McDonalds

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!

August 8: Zoobilee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Funding provided by Lincoln Community Foundation

Get excited for a day full of Celebration! Zoobilee is a day to thank you for your support the past 50 years. Featuring Larry the Cable Guy, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Recess Monkey and more! 
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August 12: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Sponsored by McDonalds

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!

August 19: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Sponsored by McDonalds

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!

August 22: Red Panda Run
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Red Panda Run is a family fun run that starts at 9 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 and registration will begin June 1st. 

August 26: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Sponsored by McDonalds

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!

 

September 5 through 7: 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 2015 season.

September 9: 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 16: 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.

 

October 7: Sensory Safari 
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Sponsored by Eyecare Specialties

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 18: Last Day
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The last day of the 2015 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.

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 5, 6, 12 & 13: North Pole Express 
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

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!