Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Special Events
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Yoga in the Aquarium - Spring and 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.

Spring Sessions: Click here to register!
Week 1 - Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19
Week 2 - Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26
Week 3 - Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9
Week 4 - Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16

Summer Sessions: *Registration will open in June
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

Teddy Bear Weekend - April 1 - 2, 2017
Teddy Bear WeekendBring your favorite stuffed animal to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for repair and care on April 1 and 2, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Your animal will go through a check-up including height, heartbeat, ear and eye exams and, if needed, a trip to the emergency room.

The emergency room will be closing at 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, so please arrive beforehand if your furry friend is in need of a special trip to the ER.

Event activities are free to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission. Children, ages 3-11, who bring in their favorite stuffed animal will receive FREE admission to the Zoo with a paid adult. What are you waiting for? Being healthy is smart and fun! Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal and make your way to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

Please note: Teddy Bear Weekend will be taking place in the Education and Conference Center located inside the Scott Aquarium.
Party for the Planet - April 22, 2017
Party for the Planet Join Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium as we celebrate Earth Day and discover ways you can help save our planet at Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Stop by one of our conservation-themed booths inside the Wild Kingdom Pavilion. Receive gate gifts, provided by Oriental Trading Company, while supplies last.  Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.
Family Fiesta! - May 7, 2017

Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Sunday, May 7, 2017 from noon to 5 p.m. for a fiesta the whole family can enjoy! This Cinco de Mayo 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 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.

Mothers, Macaws and Mimosas - May 14, 2017
Macaws

Celebrate Mother’s Day with brunch at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  Meet our resident Macaws while feasting on a brunch the whole family can enjoy.  Enjoy a scrumptious spread of delights that will make your Mother’s Day a memorable one!  After brunch, stay and explore the Zoo to see which of our residents are mothers, too.

Reservations are required and will open in April.

Member cost is $40 for adults and $35 for children (ages 3-11).  Non-member cost is $45 for adults and $40 for children (ages 3-11).  Children 2 and under are free.  Reservations are required.  Tickets are non-refundable.  Event is rain or shine.  All children must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Endangered Species Day - May 19, 2017

Celebrate Endangered Species Day on Friday, May 19, 2017, by visiting the endangered species who call Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium home. Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the endangered species at the Zoo.
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 to 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.
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 get your Moo on by playing carnival games and life-size checkers, as well as airbrush tattoos, music and much more. 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! ZOOm is presented by Lincoln Financial Group. 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 on Saturday, July 1 to Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be will 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 $50 for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $60 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 April 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 on 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.