Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Special Events
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Spooktacular - October 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30, 2016
Spooktacular

Bring your little ghouls and goblins to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium® for Spooktacular. Join in the fun on October 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30, 2016, 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.  Event is rain or shine. Tickets are nonrefundable.

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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's admission gates and exhibit buildings will close early on October 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30.  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.

**If you are a vendor wanting to have a booth at this event, please email promotions@omahazoo.com!

Boo Bash - October 29, 2016

Join Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for Boo Bash, an enchanted Halloween dinner, on Saturday, October 29 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.

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Comedy Night - November 4 and 5, 2016

Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for an evening of laughter as we host our fourth annual Comedy Night at the Zoo. This event is for adults 21 and over and takes place on Friday, November 4, and Saturday, November 5, 2016, 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 two local 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.

Reservations are required and will open in October.

Veteran's Recognition Day - November 11, 2016

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, Friday, November 11, 2016. The free admission applies to active or retired Veterans and their immediate families.
 
Holiday Happenings - December 3, 10 and 17, 2016

Catch a glimpse of special holiday characters as they dive into the shark tunnel inside the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium on Saturdays, December 3, 10 and 17, 2016, 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, 2016
Penguins and Pancakes

Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a formal affair – Penguins and Pancakes – on Monday, December 26, through Friday, December 30, 2016, 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.

Reservations are required and will open in early December.

Noon Year's Eve - December 31, 2016
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 Saturday, December 31, 2016, 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 2017 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.
Haunted Safari - October 7 and 8, 2016
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 7, and Saturday, October 8, 2016. 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.

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