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!

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
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 begins Tuesday, June 13 at 10 a.m.

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 Tuesday, August 22 at 10 a.m.

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.
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
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