Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Special Events
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Memorial Day Weekend - May 27 - 29, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend Kickoff your summer by joining Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for fun-filled activities Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be wild entertainment including bounce houses, airbrush tattoos and special animal presentations for all ages.

The first 800 people to walk through the gates will receive a free, patriotic gift provided by Oriental Trading Company. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.
Yoga in the Aquarium - Summer 2017

Strike a pose at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s one-of-a-kind class: Yoga in the Aquarium. Classes will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. inside the Education and Conference Center at the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium. Please see below for specific dates. Classes are taught by Lotus House of Yoga instructors.

Open to ages 16 and up. Participants must bring their own yoga mats, water bottle and any other necessary equipment. Please arrive early as the class starts promptly at 9 a.m. and it does take time to walk to the location of the class.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Cost is $20 per person for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $22 for non-members. Cost includes a one-hour yoga class and admission to the Zoo.

Summer Sessions: Click here to register!
Week 1 - Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23
Week 2 - Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30
Week 3 - Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20
Week 4 - Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27

Moo at the Zoo - June 3 - 4, 2017
Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a fun-filled country and agriculture themed event Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Moo at the Zoo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Get up close to multiple breeds of dairy cows, savor some country cooking and dance to music all day. Visitors will also have the opportunity to get an airbrush tattoo as well as play carnival games with prizes provided by Oriental Trading Company.


Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission. So bring your appetite and get ‘moo’ving to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
World Oceans Day - June 8, 2017
World Oceans Day

Make a splash and celebrate World Oceans Day with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participate in family-friendly and educational activities that bring recognition to ocean conservation while allowing Zoo visitors to learn how their everyday actions impact the world’s oceans and inhabitants.

Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

ZOOm - June 17 - 18, 2017

How fast can a cheetah run? Put the pedal to the metal and ZOOm on over to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Father’s Day Weekend Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to find out!  Explore your favorite animal exhibits and learn about animal speeds.

Fast Action Motorsports Entertainment (F.A.M.E.) will be returning with their R/C Racing Tournament and a Race Car Simulator. The games are interactive, competitive and family friendly. This will not only be popular with children but also with the “Big Boys.”

Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

Red, White and Zoo! - July 1 - 4, 2017
Red, White and Zoo! Celebrate Independence Day with the red, white and blue creatures of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Saturday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be wild entertainment including bounce houses, music and special animal encounters for all ages.

The first 800 people to walk through the gates will receive a free patriotic gift provided by Oriental Trading Company. Event activities are free to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission
Brew at the Zoo - July 15, 2017

Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a suds sippin’ safari as we host our fourth annual Brew at the Zoo event on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 8 to 11 p.m. Guests 21 and over will enjoy a stroll through the Zoo and sample unique brews from dozens of local breweries, as well as a selection of locally produced wines.  Spend your night with live music, food, fun games and, of course, the exotic animals of the Zoo.

Reservations are required. Ticket sales will open in June.

General admission tickets are $55 for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $65 for non-members. What's included: Souvenir tasting glass, unlimited sampling of a variety of beers and wines, live music, up-close-and-personal encounters with our animals, fun adult games and much more!

VIP tickets are $80 per person. Only 200 VIP tickets are available. What's included: In addition to all benefits listed above, VIP tickets also include admission to the VIP Pre-Party where guests will experience the event an hour earlier at 7 p.m., enjoy exclusive beer and wine tastings without the crowds, a free meal voucher and free drink ticket to the cash bar. VIP will also be able to take home a Brew at the Zoo souvenir glass mug!

Please note: Gates will close at 5 p.m. and buildings will close at 6:00 p.m. on this day for the event. All daytime visitors will be asked to exit Zoo grounds by 6:30 p.m. in preparation for the event. 

This is an after-hours, adults-only event. You must be 21 years or older and have a valid ID for entry. All sales are final, no refunds or exchanges will be made. No tickets will be available at the door. No designated driver tickets will be sold. Please drink responsibly.

Back to School Bash - August 5 - 6, 2017

Hey kids, before the bell rings for your first class this school year, visit Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for one last hurrah! Get into the school spirit by hanging out with local mascots while enjoying kid-friendly music from Omaha Street Percussion.

Finish summer with a bash! Gate gifts, provided by Oriental Trading Company, will be given out, while supplies last. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

Zoo Run - September 3, 2017

Zoo Run

Lace up your shoes for the 37th annual Zoo Run on Sunday, September 3, 2017. This fun run is great for runners of all levels with the choice between a five mile run and a one mile run/walk. Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Main Entrance. The five-mile run departs at 7:30 a.m. and the one-mile run departs at 7:40 a.m.

Race registration will open in June 2017. Reservations are required and non-refundable. Walk in registrations will NOT be available.

Participants will receive bagels, bananas and free Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium admission on the day of the run.
Strollers are NOT allowed in the 5-mile race.

Pre-event packet pick up is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside of Guest Services on Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2.


Labor Day Weekend - September 2 - 4, 2017
Labor Day Weekend

Say goodbye to summer and hello to one last hurrah Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Labor Day Weekend at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium!

There will be wild entertainment including bounce houses, airbrush tattoos and special animal presentations for all ages.

Gate gifts, provided by Oriental Trading Company, will be given out, while supplies last.  Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.