Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Special Events
For more information, please call (402) 738-2038 or email communications@omahazoo.com.
Member Appreciation Days - July 30 and August 6, 2014
Member Appreciation Day Member Appreciation Days are fun-filled ways for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium to say thank you for the support throughout the year. Members with last names beginning with A-L can enjoy the fun activities on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Members with last names beginning with M-Z can enjoy the fun activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m.


If you are unable to visit us on your designated date, please join us on the alternate date

Click here for the Wednesday, July 30, schedule of events. Stay tuned for our Wednesday, August 6, schedule.

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

Tour de Zoo - July 31, 2014
Critter Ride Bring your bike and ride during Tour de Zoo, a family fun event on Thursday, July 31, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. There will be dinner, snacks and refreshments plus special animal encounters during the fun-filled evening.  

If registered by Wednesday, July 16, guests will receive a FREE T-shirt. Cost is $20.00 per person for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $25.00 per person for non-members. Children 2 and under are free, do not require a registration and will not receive a t-shirt.  Reservations are required and will be available starting Monday, June 30. Ride-in registrations are available but will not receive a T-shirt.

The bike ride is an open format with water stations throughout the Zoo.  Buildings are not open to ride through.  Helmets are encouraged but not required.

Online registration is closed. We are now only accepting walk-in registrations at the door. If you're still interested in signing up, click here to complete a registration form. Please bring the completed form with you to the registration table at the event this evening.

Shark Week - August 9-10, 2014
Shark Week

Learn what makes sharks so cool at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in celebration of Shark Week on Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be special shark talks, educational activities and fun giveaways for kids of all ages. Event activities are free to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

Back to School Bash - August 16, 2013
Back to School Bash

Hey kids, before the bell rings for your first class this school year, visit Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Saturday, August 16, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 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. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission. 

Labor Day Weekend - August 30 - Sept. 1, 2014
Labor Day Weekend

Say goodbye to summer and hello to one last hurrah on Saturday, August 30, through Monday, September 1, 2014 for Labor Day Weekend at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. There will be wild entertainment including bounce houses and face painting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and special animal presentations throughout the day for all ages. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

Family Fiesta! - Sept. 21, 2014
Family Fiesta

Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Sunday, September 21, 2014, from noon to 5 p.m. for a fiesta the whole family can enjoy!  The annual celebration highlights Latin American culture via dance, a live mariachi band while entertaining the kids with face painting and more. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

Zoo Run - Sept. 28, 2014
Zoo Run

Lace up your shoes for the 34th annual Zoo Run on Sunday, September 28, 2014. Check in begins at 8 a.m. This fun run is great for runners of all levels with the choice between a five-mile run and a one-mile run/walk.

Participants will receive bagels, bananas and free Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium admission on the day of the run. Plus, if registered in time, participants will receive a FREE T-shirt.

Cost is $25.00 for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $30.00 for non-members. Children 2 and under are free, do not require a registration and will not receive a T-shirt.

Reservations are required and will be available August 2014.

Spooktacular - October 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31 and Nov. 1, 2014
Spooktacular

Bring your little ghouls and goblins to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium® for Spooktacular presented by Hy-Vee. Join in the fun on October 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31 and November 1, 2014, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance for $7 per person for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium® members or $8 per person for non-members beginning in September online or at Guest Services. Children 2 and under are free. 

When the sun goes down, what happens at the Zoo? Visit the Lied Jungle® to see free-flying bats or stop by Kingdoms of the Night®  to see nocturnal animals during their daylight cycle. The evening includes admission to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium after-hours, trick-or-treating and fun activities. Get up close and person with different Animal Ambassadors, special animals used for educating visitors.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's admission gates and exhibit buildings will close early on October 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31 and November 1. Admission gates will close at 3:30 p.m. and exhibit buildings will close at 4:30 p.m. Zoo grounds will be cleared at 4:30 p.m. with re-admittance beginning at 5:30 p.m. for the event with a pre-purchased ticket.

Comedy Night - November 7, 2014
Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for an evening of laughter as we host our second annual Comedy Night at the Zoo.  This event is for adults 21 and over and takes place Friday, November 7, 2014, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. inside the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium.  Admission cost is $50 per person and includes heavy hors d‘oeuvres, two free drink tickets to our cash bar, special animal encounters and performances by comedians.  With a cocktail in hand, it will be a night filled with laughs all around as guests are invited to take advantage of the beauty and serenity of the Scott Aquarium after-hours.

This event is for adults 21 and over (no infants or children, please). The program content may include explicit language and adult situations. Reservations are required and will be available September 2014. Tickets will not be available at the door. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges will be made.
Veteran's Recognition Day - November 11, 2014
Veteran's Recognition Day In honor of those who proudly served our nation, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will be offering free gate admission to all veterans and their immediate families on Veteran’s Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014. The free admission applies to active or retired Veterans and their immediate families.
Holiday Happenings - December 6, 13 and 20, 2014

Catch a glimpse of special holiday characters as they dive into the shark tunnel inside the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium on Saturdays, December 6, 13 and 20, 2014, at 10:45 a.m. Also, Zoo residents will be getting special enrichment gifts throughout the day. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

Penguins and Pancakes - December 27-29, 2014
Penguins and Pancakes

Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a formal affair – Penguins and Pancakes – on Saturday, December 27, to Monday, December 29, 2014, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. (no formal-wear required).  Enjoy pancakes from The Pancake Man, crafts and animal visits from the African penguins. Cost is $15.00 for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members, $20.00 for non-members, children 2 and under are free and includes a pancake breakfast, plush penguin toy and admission to the Zoo.

Tickets are non-refundable. Event is rain or shine. All children must be accompanied by a paid adult. Pre-registration is required and will be available December 2014.

Noon Year's Eve - December 31, 2014
Noon Year's Eve

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1!  Party with the animals and celebrate New Year's Eve at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Have a wild time with entertainment from Joe Cole’s Magic Show, fun activities and an early countdown to 2015 complete with a beach ball drop at noon.  Enjoy this fun family event without having to stay up until midnight. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

Wildlife Safari Park Special Events
For more information, please call (402) 738-2038 or email communications@omahazoo.com.
Going Buggy - August 9, 2014
Going BuggyThey creep and crawl, dangle and fly...come discover what else bugs can do on Saturday, August 9, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fly over to Wolf Canyon to check out bug displays, learn about their important role in nature and participate in buggy crafts. Before leaving the area, be sure to explore the area and see what type of creepy crawlies you can find on your own. Event activities are free to Wildlife Safari Park members or with paid Park admission.
Sounds of Fall - September 6, 2014
Sounds of FallBecome an animal detective for a day. Learn to identify animals by their sounds, tracks and evidence they leave behind at Wildlife Safari Park during the Sounds of Fall event on Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy touching and feeling animal artifacts, participating in crafts and enjoying other special activities at Wolf Canyon. Event activities are free to Wildlife Safari Park members or with paid Park admission.

Haunted Safari - October 10-11, 2014
Haunted SafariGo on a haunted hike, take a spooky ride, enjoy a hot dog supper, roast marshmallows and play ghostly games for candies in the great outdoors from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wildlife Safari Park on Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11, 2014. Event does not include general Park admission during the operating hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.