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.


April 1: Opening Day
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Zoo opens Wednesday, April 1 for the 2015 year. This year get up close to our animals like never before! See more animal shows every day and find new additions around the Zoo.

April 4: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
8 - 10 a.m.

Join the Easter Bunny for breakfast at the Zoo! This pancake buffet includes an Easter egg hunt, 5x7 photo with the Easter Bunny and special animal meet and greets. All proceeds from this event help care for the Zoo's animals. Advance tickets are required.
Ticket Information

April 25: 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 while completing a conservation scavenger hunt, plus learn about recycling and take part in other fun actives.

May 9: Zoo Fun Run 
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Register

This is the wildest kids race in town! The one mile race starts at 9 a.m. and all runners get 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 just come early to the event to sign up. This race is organized by Lincoln Fire and Rescue.

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

This Mother's Day at the Zoo all moms receive one free train or free admission! Bring mom out for a day at the Zoo and to say hello to all your animal friends!

May 15: Endangered Species Day
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Visit all of the endangered species that call the Zoo home! 

May 25: Memorial Day
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Zoo is open all day! Come visit all your favorite animals and join us for 2015 season opening of the Laura's Butterfly Pavilion! Check out over 150 butterflies at one of the Zoo's most popular summer stops. 

 

June 3: Wild Wednesday 
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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 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.

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.

The Zoo will be open till midnight for those of you who wish to continue the fun. 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.

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.

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 p.m. - 12 p.m.

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 300 animals!

June 21: 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 24: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

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 and beers from Zipline Brewery, Empyrean Ales, Thunderhead Brewing, Lucky Bucket Brewing, and more!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Get excited for a day full of Celebration! The Zoobilee is a day dedicated to past 50 years at the Lincoln Children's Zoo! Check back for more details.

August 12: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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.

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
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Red Panda Run is a family fun run that starts at 8:00 and is great for any age! After you cross the finish line inside the Zoo, you can explore and meet the over 300 animals that live there! Participants will receive a Red Panda Run Tshirt and registration will begin June 1st. 

August 26: Wild Wednesday
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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 7: Labor Day 
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

September 9 & 16: Member Extra Hours
9 a.m. - 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.

 

October 7: Sensory Safari 
10 a.m. - 3 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 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.

 

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!