Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Special Events
If you have any questions, please call (402) 738-2038 or email communications@omahazoo.com.

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

Member Appreciation Days - July 26 and August 2, 2017
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 26, 2017, from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Members with last names beginning with M-Z can enjoy the fun activities on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, from 1:30 to 7 p.m.

Click here to see the event schedule for Wednesday, July 26.
Event schedule for Wednesday, August 2 coming soon!

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

Event activities are free to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.
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 the University of Nebraska at Omaha's The Herd percussion group.

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 two mile run/walk. Check-in begins at 6:00 a.m. at the Main Entrance. The five-mile run departs at 7:00 a.m. and the two-mile run departs at 7:15 a.m.

Click here to register. 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.

Spooktacular - October 14-15, 20-22, and 27-29, 2017
Spooktacular

Bring your little ghouls and goblins to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium® for Spooktacular. Join in the fun on October 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29, 2017, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance for $8.95 per person for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium® members or $9.95 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.

Spooktacular event tickets do not include general Zoo admission since this event occurs after regular Zoo operating hours.  Event is rain or shine. Tickets are nonrefundable. Exhibits open for Spooktacular include: Lied Jungle®, Kingdoms of the Night®, Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium, and Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom Pavilion.

Tickets sales will open in September 2017 and be available for purchase online and at Guest Services at the Zoo.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's admission gates and exhibit buildings will close early on October 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29.  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.

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Boo Bash - October 28, 2017

Join Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for Boo Bash, an enchanted Halloween dinner, on Saturday, October 28 from 4 to 5:30 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!

This event is great for families with children ages 3-12, but everyone is welcome! 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 are available. Reservations are required and non-refundable.

Reservations for this event will open in September 2017.

Dinner Menu: Announced in September 2017

Veteran's Recognition Day - November 11, 2017

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, Saturday, November 11, 2017. The free admission applies to all Veterans and their immediate families.
 

Wildlife Safari Park, located off Exit 426 near Ashland, will also be open on Veteran's Day. Veterans and their immediate families will receive free admission during Wildlife Safari Park's operating hours, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wildlife Safari Park Special Events
For more information, please call (402) 738-6908 or email scout@omahazoo.com.
Member Appreciation Days - September 30 and October 1, 2017

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 30, and Sunday, October 1, 2017, 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-percent discount on concessions and gift Shop merchandise on these dates, as well.


Haunted Safari - October 6 and 7, 2017
Haunted Safari

Take a ride on a hayrack ride as you travel down to Wolf Canyon, where you will 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 6, and Saturday, October 7, 2017.

Tickets are $18 for Wildlife Safari Park and Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $23 for non-members.

Reservations are required. Children 2 and under are free. 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 register.

Interested in spending the night at Wildlife Safari Park after the event? Check out our Haunted Safari Family Campout. Click here for more information.