Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Special Events
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Labor Day Weekend - September 5 - 7, 2015
Labor Day Weekend

Say goodbye to summer and hello to one last hurrah on Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7, 2015 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.

Family Fiesta! - September 20, 2015
Family Fiesta

Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Sunday, September 20, 2015 from noon to 5 p.m. for a fiesta the whole family can enjoy! The annual celebration highlights Latin American culture via dance and a live mariachi band while entertaining the kids with bounce houses, airbrush tattoos and much more. 

The first 1,500 visitors through the gates will be able to create their own Latin-inspired rhythm with a Fiesta Maraca instrument, provided by Oriental Trading Company. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

Zoo Run - September 27, 2015

Zoo Run

Lace up your shoes for the 35th annual Zoo Run on Sunday, September 27, 2015. 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 7 a.m. at the Main Entrance. The five-mile run departs at 8 a.m. and the one-mile run departs at 8:10 a.m.

Participants will receive bagels, bananas and free Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium admission on the day of the run. Plus, if registered by September 7, 2015, participants will receive a FREE t-shirt!

Cost is $25 for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $30 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 non-refundable.

Click here to register.

If you prefer to register by mail, click here to download the registration form.
Boo Bash - October 24 and 31, 2015

Boo Bash

Join Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for Boo Bash, an enchanted Halloween dinner, on Saturday, October 24 and 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. Meet and take pictures with special characters, participate in crafts and enjoy a ghoulishly fun dance party. Don't forget to wear your costume! Cost is $35 for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $40 for non-members. Children 2 and under are free. This unforgettable and exclusive dinner includes first-entry admission to Spooktacular.

Event is rain or shine. All children must be accompanied by a paid adult. Limited seats available. Tickets are non-refundable.

Pre-registration is required and will be available for purchase beginning in September.

Spooktacular - October 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and Nov. 1, 2015
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 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and November 1, 2015, 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 online or at Guest Services. Children 2 and under are free. Help us stay green by bringing your own trick-or-treat bag to fill with candy and other goodies.

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 interactive activities. Get up close and personal with different Animal Ambassadors, special animals used for educating visitors, and enjoy balloon-twisted figurines from Omaha balloon artists. Meet your favorite characters for a fun photo opportunity at Storybook Lane. Come to Spooktacular, and get ready for a candy-munchin moon-howlin good time.

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning in September.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's admission gates and exhibit buildings will close early on October 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 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.

The train and Skyfari will also close at 3:45 p.m. during these nights.

Veteran's Recognition Day - November 11, 2015

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, Wednesday, November 11, 2015. The free admission applies to active or retired Veterans and their immediate families.

 
Comedy Night - November 13 and 14, 2015

Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for an evening of laughter as we host our third annual Comedy Night at the Zoo. This event is for adults 21 and over and takes place on Friday, November 13, and Saturday, November 14, 2015, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. inside the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium. The evening 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 may include explicit language and adult situations. Reservations are required and a fee is assessed. All sales are final, no refunds or exchanges will be made.

Reservations will be available beginning in October.

Holiday Happenings - December 5, 12 and 19, 2015

Catch a glimpse of special holiday characters as they dive into the shark tunnel inside the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium on Saturdays, December 5, 12 and 19, 2015, 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 26-30, 2015
Penguins and Pancakes

Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a formal affair – Penguins and Pancakes – on Saturday, December 26, to Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 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 for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members, $20 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 for purchase beginning in November.

Noon Year's Eve - December 31, 2015
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 Thursday, December 31, 2015, from 11 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 2016 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.

Event schedule is as follows:

11:59 a.m. Beach ball drop countdowns begin in the Education and Conference Center in the Scott Aquarium and the Wild Kingdom Pavilion

12 p.m. Beach balls will drop in the Education and Conference Center in the Scott Aquarium and the Wild Kingdom Pavilion

12:15 p.m. Joe Cole's Magic Show in Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom Pavilion Auditorium

Wildlife Safari Park Special Events
For more information, please call (402) 738-6908 or email scout@omahazoo.com.
Sounds of Fall - September 12, 2015
Sounds of Fall

Become an animal detective for a day! Learn to identify animals by their sounds, tracks and evidence they leave behind at Wildlife Safari Park during Sounds of Fall on Saturday, September 12, 2015, 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 Wildlife Safari Park admission.

FrogWatch Volunteer - September 19, 2015

Do you notice the call of the cricket frogs as you sit on your back porch? Or the bellowing of bullfrogs in the pond near your favorite trail? Maybe you just love all things amphibian. If any of these describe you, then join us to become an official FrogWatch member!

Join us Saturday, September 19 at Wildlife Safari Park from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to start training to become a FrogWatch Volunteer. This workshop is free, but registration is required.

Call (402) 738-6908 for more information or to register.
Member Appreciation Days - September 26 and 27, 2015

Wildlife Safari Park

Member Appreciation Days are fun-filled ways for Wildlife Safari Park to say thank you for your continued support throughout the season. Join in the fun on Saturday, September 26, and Sunday, September 27, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wildlife Safari Park admission hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be family friendly entertainment, activities, education stations, animal encounters, crafts, hiking and more.  Wildlife Safari Park members will receive a 30% discount on concessions and gift Shop merchandise on these dates, as well.

Haunted Safari - October 9-10, 2015
Haunted Safari

Go on a haunted hike, enjoy a hot dog supper, roast marshmallows and play ghostly games for candies in the great outdoors during Haunted Safari from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10, 2015. Reservations are required. Cost is $18 for Wildlife Safari Park and Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $23 for non-members. Event cost does not include general Wildlife Safari Park admission during the operating hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here to purchase Haunted Safari tickets.