Events at the Zoo

Lincoln Children's Zoo offers a variety of exciting and interactive events for the whole family!

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*Event schedule is subject to change due to COVID-19.


September

September 2-6: Labor Day Weekend
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Zoo is open all weekend! Come visit all of your favorite animals, feed a giraffe, watch a cheetah run, ride the train, play in the Play Stream, and more!

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

September 10: Brews at the Zoo
6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
| Presented by Nebraska Lottery
It's time for adults 21 and over to enjoy some delicious craft beers and amazing music at the Zoo! Listen to live music by AM/FM while enjoying craft beers from Zipline Brewery, Empyrean Ales, White Elm Brewing, Lucky Bucket Brewing and more! Plus, a variety of food will be available for purchase during the event.

September 21: Member Extra Hours
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
| Presented by Runza
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 free cookies from Runza for the first 1,000 members and additional Animal Encounter shows! The Zoo is open to non-members 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October

October 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30: Boo at the Zoo
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
| Presented by Lienemann Charitable Foundation
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.

In preparation for Boo at the Zoo the historic portion of the Zoo will be closed October 23 - November 1. The Zoo will close at 3 p.m. October 26 - 30 for Boo at the Zoo.

October 5: Sensory Safari
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
| Presented by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Visually and sensory impaired guests will have the opportunity to touch, feel, hear, and smell at interpretative stations located throughout the Zoo. Nature experts from organizations across Nebraska will engage visitors at each station. Sensory Safari is possible through a partnership with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

  • Visitors in 2021
    Visitors in 2021

    347,505

  • CAMPERS IN 2021
    CAMPERS IN 2021

    1,864

  • CREATURES CARED FOR
    CREATURES CARED FOR

    400