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.


Member Extra Hours
Wednesday, September 10 and 17
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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.
Sponsored by First National Bank

Senior Mondays
Mondays in September
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Seniors, 62 and older, get half price admission every Monday in September.

Tots & Turtles
Wednesday, Sept. 24 - Oct. 29
Thursday, September 25 - Oct. 30
10 to 11 a.m.
Tots & Turtles is a six-week toddler/parent education program which will introduce your child to interactive environments filled with learning opportunities. Each week children and parents will meet a new animal friend and take part in activities designed to assist with toddler development. Each one-hour session is limited to 15 families to ensure individual attention. Ages 2-4 and parent.
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Sensory Safari
Wednesday, October 1
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. Stations will be set up through out the Zoo, giving guests the opportunity to explore the natural world through the senses of touch, hearing and smell. Zoo guides will lead tours to each station and nature experts from organizations across Nebraska will engage visitors at these interpretative stations.
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The Great Zoo Train Adventure Camp
Friday, October 10
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Board the historic Z.O.&O. railroad and uncover hidden secrets about the Zoo and the train. Plus, get up close to some of the most popular Zoo animals. LPS elementary not in session. Ages 5-7 and 8-10.
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Mini Zookeeper Camp
Monday, October 13 and Tuesday October 14
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Spend two days working with real zookeepers as they care for some of
the Zoo’s most popular animals. Mini-zookeepers will help feed animals,
learn exciting Zoo facts and get a behind-the-scenes experience. LPS not in session. Ages 5-7 and 8-10.
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Last Day Open for 2014 Zoo Season
Sunday, October 19
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo
October 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Lincoln’s biggest trick-or-treat party is at the Zoo. The entire family will
love stopping at over 35 trick-or-treat booths to get candy, coupons and more.
Admission or membership applies, plus $3 trick-or-treat bag required. Tickets on sale August 28.
Sponsored by Bryan Health
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North Pole Express
December 6, 7 and 13, 14
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Board the Zoo’s train for a journey to the North Pole. Once inside the Zoo, your
winter wonderland experience includes hot chocolate, candy canes and a visit
to Santa’s workshop to see the big man himself. Tickets include admission, a train
ride and all activities. Tickets on sale November 5.
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